Baby Matthias was baptized this past Sunday (3/13/2016) at Blessed Sacrament Church in Pauoa. Mahalo to Fr. Richard McNally, doing the baptism

The sacrament of Baptism makes us part of the mystical body of Christ (CCC 1272), cleanses us from original sin through the regeneration by water (CCC 1213), and is necessary for Salvation (CCC 1257) For a biblical look at the Sacrament of Baptism CLICK HERE 

'Building Virtue' (St. Anthony's in Kalihi Faith Formation)

This past Saturday (3/5/2016) I had the honor of speaking at the St. Anthony's (Kalihi) Faith Formation Conference. I spoke on the art of building virtue to help us lead moral catholic lives. 

Please click on the links below for a MP3 recording of the talk as well as the printed class material that accompanies the talk.

Fishing Fridays at the Alii Agriculture Farm

This year we began a new family tradition of visiting the Ali'i Agricultural Farm in Wahiawa each Friday during Lent to catch dinner! The farm has three well maintained ponds filled with farmed catfish, tilapia, and grass carp. It cost $15 to rent a bamboo pole which includes all the bait you will need. At the end of the day you simply pay the fair market value of fish you want to keep. Thats it!

It has been a wonderful way to teach the children how to catch and prep fish. It has also been an awesome and unique tradition to add to our family practice during lent

Look the farm up on Yelp for more information.

LA Religious Education Congress 2016

After a long journey I am finally home from the 2016 LA Religious Education Congress in Anaheim California. I had the opportunity to meet so many awesome people who truly have a desire to love and serve our Lord. It was an honor to be able to share some of knowledge on catechetical methodology with those that came to my break out sessions. 

Mahalo for your patience as I was putting together the notes from each of my presentations. You will see two links below. One for my 'Using Technology to Deliver Ancient Truths in the Modern World' and another for me 'Reaching the Multitudes' 

Please be sure to visit those links at the end of the week as well (By March 6th) I will create a Screen Shot Video personally reviewing the Powerpoint presentations as well as sharing some further insights on the topics.

Lastly, please contact me if you would like to schedule a ZOOM conference to go over any aspect of the technologies I went over in order to better fit your needs. You can contact me at as well as directly at 808-223-3249

Hawaiian Cowboy at the LA Congress

What do Hawaiians do in Los Angeles? They do old school Cowboy yodeling of course! Joshua Kapika is an awesome Hawaiian musician from St. Michael's parish in Waialua! Be on the lookout for his periscope channel coming soon. For now enjoy the video of his impromptu performance.

Big mahalo again to all of those who participated in my conferences at the LA Congress. If you are looking for the links to notes for the classes Please CLICK HERE

Mary Most Holy: 'Potuit, decuit, ergo fecit!' (Repost)

This audio lecture was recorded at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Ewa Beach as part of the 'Ongoing Formation' program from the Diocese of Honolulu. The lecture was titled 'Mary Most Holy'.

The depth of this Tradition teaches us not only about the wondrous role that Mary plays in salvation history but also reveals to us the amazing love that Jesus had for his mother. This undoubtedly teaches powerful truths about Jesus and gives us insight into the mystery of his Divinity, the Incarnation, and the Trinity. To learn about His mother is to learn about Him.

Blessed Johannes Duns Scotus, O.F.M, most known for his beautiful defense of Mary's Immaculate Conception, quoted St. Anselm when he exclaimed "Potuit, decuit, ergo fecit" Which means that Mary was preserved from the stain of original sin because God "Could do it, it was appropriate, therefore He did it!" In this class we covered the 4 defined Marian Dogma and see that Mary, as the Mother of God, was preserved from original sin, was perpetually virgin, and was assumed body and soul into heaven where she sits as the Queen of Heaven.

Click Here for the Printed Class Material

image from the 'Public domain' via wikimedia commons. L' Annonciation, 1644, peinture de Philippe de Champaigne

Who will defend our Queen's legacy?

In 1890 Queen Kapiʻolani founded the Kapiʻolani Maternity Home because of her love of the Hawaiian people and her desire to continue the ancient tradition of caring for those in need, especially young children and mothers during child birth. This was truly one of her greatest works and continues to be a symbol of her legacy throughout the islands.

At this very moment there is an outrageous attack on the queen's legacy and the young women and children she worked so hard to help. In his recent article "Tuskegee on the Pacific," Jason Scott Jones, prominent movie producer and author, revealed some of the atrocities going on at the Kapiʻolani Medical Center by researchers from the Universities of Hawaii and Washington:

"a group of researchers are conducting the same kind of reckless, dehumanizing research in Hawaii. The subject? Late term abortion, itself a grotesque practice that butchers unborn children who are edging close to viability, who if they were simply born would qualify as neo-natal patients. The object? As Kristan Hawkins, of Students for Life of America, has reported:
Researchers in Hawaii are recruiting girls as young as 14 to participate in second trimester abortions, where the preborn baby is 18-24 weeks gestation, in order to test whether or not oxytocin can reduce bleeding in mothers during and after abortion. The study is being conducted by the University of Hawaii and the University of Washington in Seattle.
Some of the mothers will be given anti-bleeding medication; others will not. And none of the women subjected to this gruesome procedure will get any follow-up doctor visits. They will be discarded, along with their babies, like so much medical waste. As Troy Newman told
This study is reminiscent of Nazi concentration camp experiments. I pity the poor women who are being treated like lab rats, especially those who are denied the drug to reduce hemorrhaging." 
Please see the entirety of Jason's article HERE . These atrocities should be an outrage not only to those who value human life but also to all of those who take pride in the traditions of our Hawaiian ancestors - our kūpuna - and the monarchs of old. These 'experiments' attack not only the completely defenseless pre-born babies (close to, if not already at, viability), but also the exploited young women who will be used as arbitrary experimental subjects by a death-hungry culture.

We, as a Hawaiian people, fought proudly in defense of Mauna Kea and the exploitation others desired to impose on it for the sake of science. We stood up in defense of the great sacred traditions of Mauna Kea knowing the outrage of our kūpuna to this exploitation.

What about now? Queen Kapiʻolani would certainly be outraged at what is going on at the place she worked so hard to establish to help babies and their vulnerable mothers. Where are the protestors? Where are the kānaka maoli warriors rushing to the aid of the queen? Who will defend our queen, her legacy, and the women and children she cherished? 

image from the 'Public domain' via wikimedia commons.  Queen Kapiolani, by A. A. Montano