Damien book explores his life in Kalaupapa
A new book, "Father Damien: A Bit of Taro, A Piece of Fish and a Glass of Water," written by former Hawai'i residents Anwei and Henry Law, will be unveiled 3 to 5 p.m. July 19 at Native Books/Na Mea Hawai'i at Ward Warehouse.
The book examines the 19th-century priest's 16 years at Kalaupapa, Moloka'i, as told through the eyes of those who knew him best, as well as Damien's relationship with the people.
The book also contains some previously unpublished photographs, including one of Mother Marianne Cope.
The authors will be present at the book's unveiling.
For information, call 783-2665.
ORGAN CONCERT BENEFITS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
Eight local organists will take part in the 20th annual Midsummer Night's Organ Concert at 7 p.m. July 19 at Central Union Church.
Participating will be Katherine Crosier of Lutheran Church of Honolulu; Joey Fala, Nyle Hallman and Margaret Lloyd of Central Union Church; Yuri McCoy, John Renke and John McCreary of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Andrew; and organ scholar Jordan McCreary.
Guest organist Gregory Bietz from Grace Episcopal Church, St. Helena, Calif., will also perform.
The Midsummer Night's Organ Concert is the 20th annual benefit for the Hawai'i chapter American Guild of Organists' scholarship programs. Donations are accepted.
For information, call 941-0957.
HONPA HONGWANJI COMBINES SERVICES
For the duration of this summer, July 19 to Aug. 16, Honpa Hongwanji will combine its 9 a.m. dharma school service with its 10 a.m. adult English service. Regular separate services will resume Aug. 23.
For information, call 536-7044.
CHURCH FESTIVAL FEATURES BOOK ABOUT ITS HISTORY
"The Little Koa Church," a book on the history of Imiola Congregational Church in Waimea on the Big Island, will be unveiled at the church during its annual Makua Laiana Hymn Festival, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 25.
The church was founded by missionaries in 1830, and rebuilt twice. The current building, erected in 1855, is built almost entirely of koa.
The church is perhaps as well known for its kahu, Lorenzo Lyons. During his tenure as pastor from 1832 to 1886, he converted and educated thousands; built 12 other churches; and acted as government physician and first postmaster. He also translated hundreds of hymns into Hawaiian.
Author Paul Clark will be present to sign copies of the book, which is available at the church. The book is also available online: www.blurb.com (type the book title in the "Search Blurb" box in the upper right).