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Kahu Kaunaloa Boshard KSK’77 and Keiki Kahu Makana Koanui-Tucker KSH’22 share personal mo‘olelo showing the power and grace of God’s voice.

Advent Christmas Eve – O Come Let Us Adore Him

Dec. 21, 2021

Lilo maila ka Logou i kanaka, a noho ihola me kākou, a ʻike kākou i kona nani, i ka nani o ka hiwahiwa a ke Akua, ua piha i ka lokomaikaʻi a me ka ʻoiaʻiʻo. – Ioane 1:14

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us; and we saw His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. – John 1:14

Ka Manaʻo o ke Kahu
Kaunaloa Boshard KSK’77, KS Hawaiʻi

The Christmas hīmeni, “O Come, All Ye Faithful”, has a special place in my heart. Growing up at Mokuaikaua Church, the sanctuary would be adorned with numerous wreaths, a tree with ornaments, and a lighted palapalai garland that wrapped around the entire koa balcony on the second floor. These decorations were backdrops to the multitude of voices united in praise every Christmas Eve. John’s celebratory account of the Christmas story pronounces baby Jesus as the Word who became human and lived with us. This title illuminates the power and grace in God’s voice of truth proclaiming that Jesus is the Messiah born to walk among us. The Word healed the multitudes, nourished tens of thousands, and glorified his heavenly Father. His Words continue to do the same for us today by proclaiming our calling, our destiny, and our salvation. “O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord!”

Ka Manaʻo o ka Haumāna
Keiki Kahu Makana Koanui-Tucker KSH‘22

John 1:14 speaks about us being able to see the glory of Ke Akua. For me, that hasn’t come easy. I was raised to believe in God but my ʻohana didn’t go to church. My papa would be the one to pule before meals until I grew older and offered pule for our family gatherings. Throughout my life, filled with chapels, convocations, and ‘ekalesia, I didn’t grow my faith until my 10th-grade year. I was a photographer/videographer for our Tri-Campus Deputation Retreat held here on our island of Hawaiʻi. I was taking pictures during evening worship and heard God’s word so clearly. I desired to connect fully with Ke Akua, and I put the camera down and started to worship Jesus with hula. After that moment, I realized that my purpose for being on that trip was to find my pilina with Ke Akua with hula, as my way of worship.

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