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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, May 4, 2002

Catholics honor parish helpers

Catholic Charities Hawaii will honor parish volunteers from across the diocese at its sixth annual "Island Treasures" tribute dinner on May 16. Volunteers from parishes, missions and military chapels will be honored at the event at the Hawaii Ballroom of the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. Bishop Francis X. DiLorenz will be host. Cost is $35. Information: 537-6321, ext. 303.

Workshop looks at lighter side

The Rev. Jaine Ryder, pastor of the Contra Costa Church of Religious Science, will hold an evening workshop Friday on "It's OK to Wake Up Laughing." The 2 1/2-hour workshop will be held at 7 p.m. at 2926 Woodlawn Drive, Manoa, and costs $20. Information: 988-6907.

LDS apostle plans BYUH visit

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, one of the 12 "apostles," or leaders, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is coming to Hawai'i for a visit this summer. Holland, a former president of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, will be the keynote speaker for the June 22 Brigham Young University-Hawaii graduation exercises. The graduation takes place in the Cannon Activities Center at the La'ie campus. Holland was ordained an apostle June 23, 1994, at age 53. Information: 293-3669.

Bahai elect state assembly

Fifty-seven Bahai delegates from six islands gathered last weekend for their 39th statewide convention at the Kahului Community Center on Mau'i. There, they elected a nine-member statewide "spiritual assembly" for all Bahai's of the Hawaiian Islands, which oversees 27 local spiritual assemblies. Elected to serve on the governing assembly for Hawai'i were: Robert Ferrigno from 'Ewa, Chris Cholas from Honolulu, Mollie Sperry from Honolulu, Anna Smithwick from Kapa'a, Dr. Bijan Yeganeh from Honolulu, Craig Quick from Honolulu, Bruce Dusseault from Kane'ohe, Ben Ayala from Makakilo and Byron Hobdy from Honolulu. Information: 595-3314.

Tonga church's president due

On Tuesday the president of the Free Church of Tonga, Semisi Fonua, arrives from Tonga to bless and dedicate the residence for the Free Church of Tonga in Honolulu. The noon-to-1 p.m. blessing and lu'au takes place at 2920 Emeline Place. Revs. Lelea Fonua and Alex Cocker started the church here in 1978. They meet in the bottom hall of the house. Information: 842-5771.