|83: Trinity-by-the-Sea, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii|
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Mystery Worshipper: Al Eluia.
The church: Trinity-by-the-Sea, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii.
The building: The congregation worships outdoors, in the stone ruins of Kilolani Congregational Church, which was built in 1852 by David Malo, the first native Hawaiian ordained to Christian ministry. A stone wall about two to three feet high surrounds the worship area, which is in turn surrounded by palm trees.
The neighbourhood: Kihei's main street, Kihei Road, runs near the beach and is dominated by resort hotels. The church is up from Kihei Road in a residential area.
The cast: Rev Morley E. Frech, Jr., Rector.
What was the name of the service?
How full was the building?
There were about 40 people present. I'd guess the church will hold 120 or so.
Did anyone welcome you personally?
Yes. A greeter directed us to a kiosk where we got our books and put on name tags.
Was your pew comfortable?
The all-weather plastic pews were surprisingly comfortable.
How would you describe the pre-service atmosphere?
Quietly chatty, friendly. It was a warm, sunny morning and the palm tree swayed gently in the breeze.
What were the exact opening words of the service?
There was a call to worship consisting of someone blowing three times on a conch shell. Then the celebrant said, "Let us join together in singing hymn number 18 in our song book."
What books did the congregation use during the service?
The Book of Common Prayer; the parish hymn book, entitled, Na Mele O Kahikolu ("The Songs of Trinity"); and a Sunday bulletin.
What musical instruments were played?
Electronic keyboard, conch shell.
Did anything distract you?
Only a few small flies, which kept landing on my arms.
Was the worship stiff-upper-lip, happy clappy, or what?
Relaxedly low church. The parish hymnal has a contemporary emphasis. The sound of 40 Episcopalians singing outdoors doesn't carry very well.