Temporal Punishment, Indulgences, & All Souls

Indulgences are one of the most misunderstood and unappreciated parts of our Catholic Tradition. In this lesson I discuss temporal punishment due to sin, Indulgences, and the grant given Catholics by the Vatican this year, 2020, to gain indulgences for the faithful departed during the month of November. If you would like a simple guide on how to gain indulgences, please see THIS SHORT ARTICLE I wrote several years ago on the topic

Ka Lu’au Ku (Lu'au Stew)

 Ua kuke au i ka lū’au kū me nā lau mai ke kīhapai. Ono loa!

Working Towards Food Self Sustainability

Our Aquaponic system at home is progressing well. Got okra, green onion, tomato, lettuce, kalo, spinach, bitter melon, and bok choy growing right now. I want to try watercress next. Mahalo e Ke Akua!

The Process of Beatification & Canonization: Anticipating Blessed Father Mcgivney

As part of the State of Hawaii Faith Program for the Knights of Columbus for 2020 - 2021 we have launched a Faith Lecture Series. The topic for the first session held on Tuesday 9/15/2020 was the Process of Beatification and Canonization: Anticipating Blessed Father Mcgivney. Here is the recording of the lecture

Interview on AOC, Father Damien, and Queen Lili'uokalani (The Jason Jones Show)

In the wake of the backlash that AOC received for her comments about St. Damien of Molokai, I joined the Jason Jones Show to discuss the legacy of Father Damien and how much the Hawaiian people loved him. Please consider subscribing to the Jason Jones Show. He is a great Catholic man that has committed his life to serving the vulnerable and fighting for those that have no one to fight for them

Click Here for the Interview



My Response After AOC decries Father Damien

From CNA (July 31st, 2020) - In an Instagram story on Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) asked why there were not more statues honoring women historical figures, at the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall Collection. The collection includes statues honoring historical figures from all 50 states, which are chosen by the states and sent by them to Congress for display.

“Even when we select figures to tell the stories of colonized places, it is the colonizers and settlers whose stories are told – and virtually no one else,” Ocasio-Cortez posted, with a picture of Fr. Damien’s U.S. Capitol statue in the background.

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“Any Hawaiian here who is aware of their history--which most Hawaiians are--would absolutely, Catholic or not, defend the legacy of Damien as a man who was embraced by the people, and who is a hero to us because of his love for the Hawaiian people,” Carter said.

Here is the link to interview I gave CNA after AOC publicly decried the statue of our beloved St. Damien in national statuary hall in Washington D.C.

https://bit.ly/33kg0Fz

Ka uhi hou (Traditional Hawaiian Tattoo)

Here is a video clip from the recent uhi (traditional Hawaiian tattoo) I received from Kawika Au. There is a lot of familial and experiential symbolism in the uhi. I will explain the symbolism one day. There are many layers to it. For now I just wanted to share the video

ʻOhana Food Drops (Kūpuna Needs, Epic Ministry, Life is Sacred, Ham Produce & Seafood)

Since the beginning of our Kūpuna Needs Project we have been able to provide much-needed food and essential supplies to nearly 20,000 people on our island during the pandemic quarantine. Now, in collaboration with Epic Ministry 501(c)(3), Life is Sacred 501(c)(3),  and Ham Produce and Seafood, we have embarked on an initiative to bring food to 'ohana all around our island. Here are just a few videos of the food drops we have completed so far.






Kupuna Needs Project - Updates & Message of Thanks!

So far, in the last three weeks of our operation, we have been able to provide much-needed food and essential supplies to nearly 7,000 people on our island. Kūpuna Needs has responded to nearly 700 phone calls from kūpuna to its hotline and put together and delivered ‘2-week’ food and toiletry packages to each of them. Additionally, Kūpuna Needs has partnered with Meals on Wheels Hawaii as well as Mālama Meals to help deliver hundreds of meals each day to kūpuna and immuno-compromised individuals across the island.

We will continue to do everything within our ability to help those in need on our island during this pandemic. If you are in need and qualify for ‘Kūpuna Needs Project’ support, please call one of our hotlines at (808) 202-0820 or (808) 202-1203 between 12pm - 8pm daily. You may also visit our website at www.kupunaneedsproject.com

 

Life is Sacred - www.sacredislife.com

My entire ohana and I were blessed to be able to travel to Washington, D.C., for this year’s March for Life. For my children, it was a powerful witness of the importance of living our Catholic faith by standing in defense of the most vulnerable in our society, the unborn.

We went as part of a new non-profit organization named “Life is Sacred.” The group was created by Catholics and is comprised of native and indigenous people from America and beyond. My family joined as representatives of native Hawaiians.


It was truly amazing to see the groups from every corner of the United States, and especially tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of young people standing in defense of life. Our group marched through the streets of D.C. dressed in our traditional garb, sounding our native instruments, and chanting the ancient chants of our peoples that tell the story of our ancient and lasting commitment of viewing life as sacred from conception until natural death.

Please visit www.sacredislife.com to learn more about our organization.

Here is a video of my daughter, Mariah, chanting while she marched with the Native Americans.