Kalāhikiola Congregational Church supports missionaries in our community and around the world. Our missions committee continues to raise funds to give to individuals, families and other ministries
Eruera & Elisabeth Kawe
Island Breeze Ministries
Eruera (Ed) and Elisabeth (Lis [Echo-Hawk]) Kawe have been with Island Breeze Ministries – Makapala since 2001 and have been the directors since 2006. They have a strong desire and commitment to bless the community of Kohala by seeing youth positively engaged, families strengthened, and elders cared for. Over the years they have been a part of and/or initiated dozens of community events such as Camp Lokahi, The (Kohala) Kupuna Dinner, cultural exchanges (Te Haerenga), farming projects, and many other similar endeavors. Along with these community outreaches, Ed and Lis have been the main caretakers of the Makapala Christian Retreat Center (Old Makapala School), keeping the facilities maintained and operational. Ed and Lis also have three beautiful daughters.
Life 360 Network - Youth Outreach
Tami Holschuh is the Deputy Director and Founder of Life 360 Network. Born and raised in Kohala, Hawaiʻi, Tami began her ministry when she founded the "Blessing Crew" Life 360 Network, Inc. was birthed from 15 prior years of her experience with a group of youth and young adults known as the "Blessing Crew." Many were living their lives without purpose. However through positive mentorship, the Blessing Crew learned about responsibility, accepting people for who they are, and serving others. Having made positive changes in their own lives, they now live to fulfill a greater purpose in changing the lives of others. Many of the "Blessing Crew" have now become volunteers as Life Coaches in Life 360 Network, Inc.
Mark & Dayna Blair
Beijing International Christian Fellowship Beijing, China
Mark and Dayna Blair serve the Beijing International Christian Fellowship (BICF) in Zhong Guan Cun (Soon) on the westside of Beijing. Their organization seeks to, “Gather, Grow, and Go.” Gather people from many nations together to worship and serve the Lord, encourage others to grow in the message of Christ, and go “make disciples” in every country and nation. Because of their obedience to their calling, they have nineteen congregations in eleven languages meeting at three locations across the city. In 1980, they started off with less than 10 members, but today their membership exceeds 3,000 people.
Mark, who holds several degrees, including a Master’s in Theology from Westminster Theological seminary, has served as the Pastor for this thriving organization since 2009. His wife Dayna enjoys teaching students how to bake. Through her baking lessons, it gives the Blairs an opportunity to open up their home for ministry and fellowship. Mark married Dayna Ann Blair, a local girl from Hilo, Hawaii on January 9th, 1982. Together they have three sons, Nathan Kapono Lee Blair, Josiah Keola Blair, and Aaron Kaniela Blair.
Olegario (Ole) & Edna Gaspar came to Kohala from Brazil in 2000, to work with Island Breeze Ministries in Kohala. Eventually, they moved to Tauranga, New Zealand with their four children. Both are very involved with their community and serve Island Breeze Ministries in New Zealand. Edna works on Discipleship Training School staff with Marine Reach.
Olegario & Edna Gaspar
Island Breeze Ministries
Camp Lōkahi is a 4 day (3 nights) youth camp, which is run during most school breaks. It was founded in 2006 with the help of a group from Eagle’s Nest Ranch in Alberta, Canada. A typical day includes :
Track events (ex. Airsoft, Video or Dance, etc)
Cabin activities (like crafts, archery, and slip & slide)
BASH games (a large cabin vs. cabin theme game)
Theme Dinners ( ex.Wreck it Ralph, Alice in Wonderland, and The Hobbit)
Awesome Chapel Services with Worship, memory verse competition, and a speaker
Improv. Comedy show
Alaska Ablaze is a 5-day camp with children and youth activities. Classes are held for adults to attend with topics ranging from finance, to health and addiction support. During the camp, staff cook and feed the entire village every day. Morning and evening church services are held as well.
In this isolated village, the goal is to bless, support, and show those struggling that God is right there with them and together we can take steps forward out of addiction & depression into the healing & hope found in the Lord.