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 – Scripture Reading
A ʻōlelo maila ka ʻānela iā lākou, Mai makaʻu ʻoukou, no ka mea, eia hoʻi, ke haʻi aku nei au iā ʻoukou i ka mea maikaʻi, e ʻoliʻoli nui ai e lilo ana no nā kānaka a pau. No ka mea, i kēia lā i hānau ai, ma ke kūlanakauhale o Dāvida, he Ola no ʻoukou, ʻo ia ka Mesia ka Haku. Eia hoʻi ka hōʻailona no ʻoukou, e loaʻa auaneʻi iā ʻoukou ke keiki ua wahī ʻia i ke kapa keiki, e moe ana ma kahi hānai holoholona. A ʻemo ʻole maila ka lehulehu o ka pūʻali o ka lani me ua ʻānela lā, e hoʻoleʻa ana i ke Akua, e ʻōlelo ana, E hoʻonani ʻia ke Akua ma nā lani kiʻekiʻe loa, a he malu hoʻi ma ka honua; he aloha nō i kānaka.
– Luka 2:10-14
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
– Luke 2:10-14
He manaʻo o ke kahu
KS Kapālama Kahu Sherman Thompson
Preparing for the arrival of the Christ Child this Advent, two words come to mind: “Fear not” – the first words spoken by the angel of the Lord, who came upon shepherds abiding in the fields, keeping watch over a flock of sheep close to the little town of Bethlehem, the city of David, whom God promised to send a Savior who would shepherd His people. The angel was a messenger sent from the Lord to tell His chosen nation the good news of great joy – in the city of David, a Savior had been born, who is Christ the Lord.
The opening words of the first Gospel message preached in these islands by Rev. Hiram Bingham on April 25, 1820, “Fear not; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,” who came to plant the seed of a spiritual kingdom also echo in our ears.
He manaʻo o ka haumana
KS Kapālama Keiki Kahu Amy Sotoa
The passage from Luke 2 speaks of one of the angels announcing the birth of the Savior, Jesus. The angel was joined by an angelic choir singing praises to God. The choir had said, “Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth peace to those whom His favor rests.” The angels had worshipped God through singing praises to Him.
Worship is amazing; it is purely and solely about God, giving all the praise to him. Worship is the only gift that could ever be offered to God. Whether through singing praises, offering tithes, or partaking in communion, worship is honoring and acknowledging that everything is for God and because of God. Worship is beautiful.
View previous Advent messages and learn more about the Christian values of Kamehameha Schools on the KS “Our faith” web page.