KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74 and Keiki Kahu Kalena Wojcieski KSM’21
Kamehameha Schools has created a series of Hawaiian-focused devotionals for Advent, to honor the deep Christian faith of our founder Princess Pauahi. The devotionals were designed to be used by staffers, students and others to celebrate the coming of Christmas, so please feel free to share them.
No laila, na ka Haku ponoʻī nō e hāʻawi
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you
He manaʻo o ke Kahu
KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74
Ka Hikina, the season of Advent, is a time that gets us ready for celebrating Christmas and the arrival of the Christ-child into our world. This is a time of hope for a world that has dealt with so many challenges lately. A time to pause in the midst of the madness that seems to build up this time of year.
So often the madness arises because it becomes so clear what we DON’T have – what the world tells us that we MUST HAVE: the newest, the fastest, the best. We fail to see that the most important thing to have is not a thing. It’s a relationship with ke Akua and his keiki Iesū Kristo.
This keiki hiwahiwa (precious child) was prophesied during the reign of Ahaz. The prophet Isaiah told the people, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and she will name Him Immanuel.”
“What? How could a virgin give birth to a child? And to name him “God with us?” How unbelievable. It would be like someone telling you in 2018 that in 2020 we would all be teaching and learning from home. You’d probably say, “No way would that happen,” though we now know the truth. And the REAL truth is that Immanuel did come, and God is with us yesterday, today and tomorrow. For that we give thanks.
He manaʻo o ka haumana
Keiki Kahu Kalena Wojcieski KSM’21
This scripture is a warning; a heads up that the Savior was coming and He was to be named Immanuel, “God with us.” God’s presence was among them, they were able to walk, talk and hang out with Jesus. This child was to be a blessing. And although there were those who doubted, God showed up and showed out, and Jesus lived to please God and save us all from our sins.