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KS Maui Religious Education Kumu Kanani Franco and KSM 8th grader Nyla Nobriga share their manaʻo in our Good Friday devotional.

Nani Kona inoa — Glory to His name

April 10, 2020

Contributed by Nadine Lagaso

Kamehameha Schools has created a series of Hawaiian-focused devotionals for Lent, 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 Easter, so please feel free to share them!

Hīmeni / Hymn
Down at the Cross
Ma kēlā keʻa i make ai Iēsū
Wau i nonoi i kala iaʻi
Malaila i lilo ke koko noʻu
Nani i Kona inoa
Down at the cross,
Where my savior died;
Down where for cleansing
From sin I cried,
There to my heart
Was the blood applied;
Heluhelu Baibala / Scripture reading 
Haʻi akula ke kākāʻōlelo, ʻī akula, E aloha aku ʻoe i ka Haku i kou Akua me kou naʻau a pau, a me kou ʻuhane a pau, a me kou ikaika a pau, a me kou manaʻo a pau, a i kou hoalauna e like me ʻoe iho. – Luka 10:27
He answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Luke 10:27

He manaʻo o ka limahana
KS Maui Religious Education Kumu Kanani Franco

Social distancing has drastically changed our daily routine and lifestyle. No longer are we able to meet up with extended family, friends and colleagues. Enjoying the beach, attending hula or athletic practices, even hale pule, has come to a halt.

Our KS online learning is in full swing, keeping us connected to our Kamehameha ʻohana and social media keeps us in touch with the world around us but the impact of physical separation is still felt by all.
Christ too, experienced an intense separation from God when He took up the cross for our sins. On Good Friday, we often pause to recall His physical demonstration of the unconditional love He has for each of us. But let us not forget the spiritual aspect that pierced Him the most, total separation from ke Akua ka Makua, God the Father.
The hymn above, “Nani Kona Inoa” reminds us of Jesus’ unselfish act that was a free gift to all people. Yes, our Easter celebrations will look a lot different this year but let us use this time of distancing to reflect on how we too, can live purposefully and give unconditionally to others.
As Christ has demonstrated His love towards us, we too are tasked to exude aloha to others. As we reflect on the ultimate price that was paid on the cross, let us also think about ways in which we can use our time of social distancing to serve others. No ka mea, nani kona inoa!

He manaʻo o ka haumāna
KS Maui 8th grader Nyla Nobriga

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. The main haʻawina (lesson) in this verse is to love your neighbor the same way you love yourself. By being aware of when someone is hurting emotionally or physically, I know I can care for them and extend aloha. It is our kuleana to care for others and ke Akua has given us specific tasks for a reason.

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