ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY
A congregation filled with aloha, growing in faith, and serving the community.
Who We Are:
We are part of the People of God who come together at Epiphany Church to joyfully celebrate God's presence. We are Episcopalians who prayerfully listen to the Bible, the traditions of the Church, the reason of man, and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to guide us in living our lives in faithful response to God.
Our name "Epiphany" means to "show forth" or "to reveal." On the Feast of the Epiphany, the Church worldwide celebrates God's revelation of Himself in Jesus Christ to Gentiles and Jews, as well as to "all sorts and conditions" of people. Like our name, we are inclusive. We are Chinese, Korean, Hawaiian, Japanese, Swedish, English, French, Filipino and more. We are men and women, boys and girls. We are young and old and middle aged. We are conservative and liberal. We are blue, white and pink collar workers. Together, we strive to love God, and our neighbors as ourselves here and throughout the world.
We have a special feeling for our Church built of lava rock in 1915, and our stained glass windows installed in 1965. But we know the Church is more than a building and does not exist for itself, and so we reach out to our community and the world to "proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ.
Finally, we are a friendly church, and we hope you will find us so. We extend our Aloha and welcome you to Epiphany.
Epiphany is a neighborhood church, ministering to the Honolulu district of Kaimuki. The founding members were among the first homeowners and civic leaders of Kaimuki. Epiphany was one of the first churches in the community.
Epiphany Church celebrated the life and many accomplishments of its first hundred years in January 2010. The Centennial Committee decided to begin the Centennial celebration in 2009 with a kickoff event and continued with various activities throughout the year. We celebrated the centennial on Epiphany Day 2010 with a luau in our newly renovated Parish Hall.
Our challenge as a congregation is to approach our second hundred years by re-invigorating Epiphany with new programs for our congregation.
Today, our congregation totals numbers about 160 men, women and children. Over half have attended Epiphany at least 20 years; some have attended Epiphany all their lives. Today, while we strive to foster relations with neighbors and the local community, Epiphany draws a majority of its members from the broader community beyond Kaimuki.
The ethnic diversity of our congregation enriches the fabric of our lives and helps us to appreciate the richness of God’s creation. Ethnic diversity has always been a characteristic of Hawaii and our congregation. We are grateful that this remains as true today as it was at the time of the founding of Epiphany.
The congregation’s level of education remains a significant source of strength. Over half of the members of the congregation are college graduates, with significant professional and business experiences. Consequently, the congregation is predisposed to value education. When Mid-Pacific Institute purchased Epiphany Elementary School to expand to a full K-12 program, we were fortunate to maintain our long-standing commitment to childhood education by selecting The Cole Academy Infant and Early-Child Development center, as its replacement.
Epiphany Episcopal Church was formed on March 4, 1910 by Bishop Henry B. Restarick, the first American Bishop of the Anglican Communion in the Hawaiian Islands. The new congregation first met in the Epiphany season of 1911, which inspired the church’s name.
Construction of the church building began in February 1915. The building is constructed of lava rock mined from the church grounds. The structure is an adaptation of an idealized eighteenth century English country chapel with a steep roof, rough-hewn buttressed walls and stained-glass windows. The church embodies solidarity and tranquility and is a landmark in Kaimuki town.
Some highlights to the church’s history: