The luau on Sunday, June 1, was simply amazing! I was thrilled to see the church family having fun together with each other and with all the people I don’t think I have ever seen before. I know that there were many who brought friends, neighbors, and family to fellowship with us, and I know that we definitely showed our community how much we love each other.

I pray that we keep the “aloha spirit” alive among us. I took a few minutes to look up exactly what aloha means, and it seems that the idea of “hello” and “goodbye” are recent understandings of the word. Prior to the 19th century, the primary meaning of aloha was “affection, love, peace, compassion, and mercy.” As we continue to grow in our love for God and each other and in our compassion for the world, we need to continue with the “aloha spirit” that we find in 1 Peter 5:14: “Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.”

Family fun at Luau 2008 Splashin' an elder!

Ready for a luau! Terry's Volcano!

Luau sweeties! Luau pros!

Luau Buddies! Mahalo, Mark!

Everybody loves a luau limbo!