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KS Hawai‘i senior Khyaden Pōmaikaʻi Kahihikolo and KSH business kumu and football coach, Manly Kanoa KSK’97 share their personal stories of faith.

Lent week six: Faith and the joy of football

April 8, 2022

Kamehameha Schools has created a series of Hawaiian-focused devotionals for the season of Lent, to honor the deep Christian faith of KS founder Princess Bernice Pauahi Pākī Bishop. The devotionals were designed to be used by students, staffers and others to celebrate the coming of Easter.

Heluhelu Baibala
Bible reading

A kokoke akula ʻo ia ma ke kaolo o ka mauna ʻo ʻOliveta, hauʻoli aʻela ka ʻaha haumāna a pau, e hoʻoleʻa ana i ke Akua me ka leo nui no nā hana mana a pau a lākou i ʻike ai; ʻĪ akula, E hoʻomaikaʻi ʻia ke Aliʻi i hele mai nei ma ka inoa o ka Haku; he malu ma loko o ka lani, a he hoʻonani i luna lilo loa. A ʻōlelo akula iā ia kekahi poʻe Parisaio ma waena o ka ʻaha kanaka, E ke Kumu, e pāpā ʻoe i kāu poʻe haumāna. ʻŌlelo maila hoʻi ʻo ia, ʻī maila iā lākou, Ke ʻōlelo aku nei au iā ʻoukou, Inā e ʻōlelo ʻole lākou nei, e hoʻōho koke mai nō nā pōhaku. – Luka 19: 37-40

Jesus was near the city and ready to go down the Mount of Olives. The many people who were following Him began to sing with loud voices and give thanks for all the powerful works they had seen. They said, “Great and honored is the King Who comes in the name of the Lord. There is peace and greatness in the highest heaven.” Some of the proud religious law-keepers who were in among the people said to Jesus, “Teacher, speak sharp words to Your followers.” Jesus said to them, “I tell you that if these did not speak, the very stones would call out.” – Luke 19:37-40

He manaʻo o ka limahana
KS Hawai‘i Business Kumu and football coach, Manly Kanoa KSK’97

I love coaching football. The anticipation of the crowd before the home team runs out onto the field is palpable and creates incomparable energy. When the team finally sprints through the gates, the crowd lets out a resounding, minutes-long ROAR. The band erupts. The players are ready. You can feel the crowd’s energy, can’t you?  

Now, imagine the crowd’s anticipation for the coming of the triumphant and humble king. Luke 19 tells us that Jesus’ disciples placed Him on a colt and spread their cloaks on the road to make way for the king. As Jesus approached, the whole crowd of disciples was singing and shouting praises saying, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” The crowd marched with Him for nearly a mile, shouting praises the entire time. Hallelujah!

Now Pharisees were telling Jesus to rebuke his disciples. Jesus’ reply is the biggest flex in history. He said, “I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out!” Jesus is the truth, and all the disciples were doing was being witnesses to the truth. They proclaimed the truth that Jesus is King, and He is bringing the peace of heaven down to earth.  

Our call is a simple one. Share the peace of Jesus with others. Friends, family, anyone with ears, really! And don’t let anyone stop you. Because even the stones will cry out that Jesus is Lord!

Heluhelu Baibala
Bible reading

E mililani aku iā Iēhova; no ka mea, he maikaʻi ia; a ua mau loa hoʻi kona lokomaikaʻi. E ʻōlelo mai ʻo ka ʻIseraʻela, ua mau loa kona lokomaikaʻi. – Halelū 118:1-2

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His loving-kindness lasts forever. Let Israel say, “His loving-kindness lasts forever.” – Psalms 118: 1-2 


He manaʻo o ka haumāna
KS Hawai‘i senior Khyaden Pōmaikaʻi Kahihikolo

Give thanks to the Lord! His love endures forever! Throughout my life, I have been faced with many challenges. From something as big as losing family members to something as small as finding enough time to finish my homework. There is one thing in my mind that I never let go of, that is Ke Akua.

When I look back on times when it got tough, I remember the things I said to myself, like, “How am I going to do this?” or “This is impossible.” All of those negative words and thoughts held me back. There were times when I gave up on God and asked questions like, “How are you there?” and “Where are you when I need you?” I made all these questions about myself but the Lord NEVER stopped loving me. He never gave up on me. I am the evidence of change because I made it from a routine of bad thinking to good thinking. We ALL can be the evidence, just trust in God, today!

Please understand that even though things may not go the way you want them to, God knows exactly the way it is supposed to go and YOU are the living proof of that. Whether or not you think you’ll make it, you will! I encourage everyone to give thanks to the Lord. His love will live on forever! If you are living today, you made it through the struggles of yesterday. Now isnʻt that something to be thankful for? 

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