COMMUNITY MEAL The Community Meal, offered the fourth Monday of the month from 4:30 pm until pau, is served by St. Augustine's volunteers and community members for anyone who is hungry and would like to eat. Established in 2005, the Community Meal is a helpful resource for those working hard to feed themselves or their families, as well as those who would like to share a meal and enjoy the company of friends and neighbors.
ST. AUGUSTINE'S ANNUAL BAZAAR In addition to being a fundraiser, our annual bazaar also serves as a great community outreach and a time for all in the Kohala community to gather for fun and fellowship. Our members work hard to host this event, offering affordable goods and ono food.
CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY PROJECTS
Christmas Food Basket Vouchers: St. Augustine's contributes to the Food Basket to be issued as vouchers good at the local grocery stores. These vouchers allow local families in need to supplement their Christmas celebrations.
Salvation Army Bell Ringers: St. Augustine provides volunteer bell ringers at Takata Store during the Christmas season for 4-5 hours a day.
Keiki Shopping Spree: We sponsor a keiki shopping spree when children come and shop for their Ohana at our Thrift Store. Vouchers (distributed to the children who attend the Feast of St. Nicholas) are redeemed for gifts of their choosing. We provide shopping help and free gift wrapping.
GREEN FAITH We are the first church in Hawaii to commit to the two-year Green Faith program. Green Faith's mission is to inspire, educate and mobilize people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership. Their work is based on beliefs shared by the world’s great religions; we believe that protecting the earth is a religious value and that environmental stewardship is a moral responsibility.
Three core values guide this important work and define the organization: Spirit, Stewardship, & Environmental Justice. We did audits in all three areas and chose priorities in these areas. The following are some of the Green Faith activities we have accomplished:
Spirit - We celebrate Holy Eucharist at Keokea Park or Kapa'a Beach Park two times a year. We pray at the peace pole the second Sunday of the month, a testimony to the community.
Stewardship - FOOD: We have hosted ethnic cooking classes to teach participants how to make sushi, pancit, and laulau. WASTE: HI-5 and recycling collections. Food scraps are collected after fellowship and events to feed animals or to use as compost.
Environmental Justice - We have assisted local hunting and fishing clubs/individuals to help support hunting and fishing issues. Lani met with middle school students who are working on these issues.
COMMUNITY USE OF OUR FACILITIES
James Walker Hall plays an integral role in the community as a venue for many of the our local Kohala groups and organizations such as the Boy/Cub Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, the RMD Taiko Drummers, Community Partners, Ohana Conferencing, the Community Development Plan Committees and Sub-Committees. For information about renting James Walker Hall, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.