And they need your help. As you may or may not know, nine people from Kauai have just returned from a 5-day Ignatian Service Retreat at Kalaupapa. Organized by ReSource for Christian Spirituality they were guests of the National Park Service and performed services such as weeding, clearing brush, sorting historical stamps, and other tasks while there.
They all found it to be a powerful experience in every measure of the word, spiritually, personally, socially, historically, culturally and ecologically. They also learned that the NPS holds an annual commemorative service on June 30 for the 8,000 residents who lived and died there. During this service they put lei from all the islands on the graves, sadly though more than 75% of the deceased lie in unmarked graves.
ReSource for Christian Spirituality were asked if the people of Kauai could help to weave one very long ti leaf lei, which they intend to place around the circumference of the cemetery of the unmarked graves.
Blessed with such a holy privilege ReSource for Christian Spirituality have reached out and are appealing for the kokua of the UCC, Episcopalian,and Lutheran churches on Kauai to join Lihue United’s youth to fulfill this request.
Although time is short the youth of Lihue United are inviting youth and adults from all the churches to come to Lihue United on Sunday, June 11th from 4:30-6:30 pm to make this ti leaf lei, which will then be sent to Kalaupapa from the churches on Kauai.
If you’d like to help this is what is needed: Ti leaves, people who can make lei, people who can show others how to make lei, snacks (optional but great to share), and please, invite others.
You can find out more about ReSource for Christian Spirituality by visiting their website here, https://www.resourceforchristianspirituality.com