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KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong KSK’74 and Hope Keiki Kahu Kalena Carpenter KSM’23 help us usher in ka Hikina – the season of Advent – with a reminder to pause each week to see the mana‘olana, the hope, of the Christ Child.

Advent Week 1: Mana‘olana – Hope

Nov. 24, 2021

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.

Heluhelu Baibala
ʻO nā kānaka i hele ma ka pouli, e ʻike auaneʻi lākou i ka mālamalama nui; ʻo ka poʻe i noho ma ka ʻāina o ke aka o ka make, e ʻalohi mai auaneʻi ka mālamalama ma luna o lākou. No ka mea, ua hānau ʻia mai, he keiki no kākou, no kākou i hāʻawi ʻia mai ai, he keiki kāne, ma luna o kona poʻohiwi ke aupuni; a e kapa ʻia kona inoa, ʻo Kupaianaha, ʻo Kākāʻōlelo, ʻo Keakuamana, ʻO Kamakuamauloa, ʻo Kealiʻiokamalu. ʻAʻole e pau ka māhuahua ʻana o kona aupuni, a me ka malu; ma ka noho aliʻi o Dāvida ia, a ma kona aupuni nō hoʻi, e hoʻāla hou ia mea, a e hoʻokūpaʻa iā ia, me ka hoʻoponopono, a me ka maikaʻi, mai kēia wā aku, a i ke ao pau ʻole. Na ka ikaika o Iēhova o nā kaua e hana i kēia.
– ‘Isaia 9:2, 6-7

Scripture Reading
The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them. For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.
– Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

Ka Manaʻo o ke Kahu
Kalani Wong, KS Maui KSK’74

Waiting is one of the most challenging things anyone, especially keiki, can be expected to do.  But what can you do, except to sit and wait in hope? For our ‘ohana, we eagerly await the arrival of our newest moʻopuna, who is due December third. This joy has been building since we learned of the pregnancy earlier this year. We watch with joy as the kaikuaʻana of this coming child, prepares for the arrival of a sibling. She has become very motherly with her dolls by singing to them while feeding them or putting them to bed. 

The hope for this coming child is being felt by nā tūtū, nā mākua a me ke kaikuaʻana. Yet, this manaʻolana pales in comparison to what a whole nation was feeling as it awaited the birth of ka Mekia, the Messiah, who would be called ʻo Kupaianaha, ʻo Kākāʻōlelo, ʻo Keakuamana, ʻO Kamakuamauloa, ʻo Kealiʻiokamalu – Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Join us during ka Hikina, Advent, to celebrate the coming of Iesū Kristo, whose government will have no end. To set our minds in the right place, let us take time to pause each week to see the manaʻolana, the hope of the Christ Child.

Haumāna Manaʻo
Hope Keiki Kahu Kalena Carpenter, KS Maui ‘23

To me, Isaiah 9:2,6-7 is about the hope given to the people of the world. This section of Scripture is a prophecy that was given through the prophet Isaiah and it foretells a time when the Savior of the world will be born. It reveals all the Names that the Messiah will fulfill, and it describes the Reign of His kingdom and what He must do to establish it. These verses give us hope that this child will be our savior. He will be the one to save humanity from the darkness and give us hope for our future.



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