St. Michael the Archangel Feast Day Celebration in Kona

Multi-cultural food, carnival game booths, keiki activities, continuous entertainment, a country store and silent auction are part of the family fun at the annual St. Michael the Archangel Feast Day Celebration. The community is invited to the 10 a.m.-3 p.m. fundraiser on Sunday, September 25 at Hale Halawai and the grounds of St. Michael’s Church.

Admission is free and proceeds from food sales and keiki activities benefit the Parish Building Fund to build a new church campus. Built in 1850, St. Michael the Archangel Church was damaged beyond repair during the October 2006 earthquake and subsequently decommissioned and demolished in November of 2009. The Kailua congregation continues to worship in a tent and has not yet realized its building fund goals.

Festivities for the Feast Day Celebration begin at the 9 a.m. mass with a special liturgy in honor of St. Michael, the parish’s patron saint. The service will showcase the congregation’s rich ethnic heritage when members of various cultures participate in the Presentation of Gifts in traditional dress.

At Hale Halawai, sample the cuisine of Hawaii, the Philippines, Thailand, Germany, Mexico, Samoa, Japan, China, Vietnam, Hungary, Korea, Lebanon and Italy at A Taste of St. Michael’s. Attendees can build their own plate lunch from a wide array of homemade a la carte specialties. Enjoy pad thai, sopasui, adobo, pancit, laulau, Hungarian sausage, Portuguese bean soup, tamales, tabouli, and Polish golumpki. Food can be purchased using scrip available at the festival.

Find fresh pies and pastries, jellies and jams, pickled veggies and plants at the festival’s country store. A 100 percent Kona Coffee Bar offers brews from local growers.

Purchase of a $5 bracelet allows keiki unlimited times in the Bouncy Castle, Slip and Slide and a hot dog and drink. Pony rides will also be available, along with fun carnival game booths offering prizes.

Gary Haleamau headlines the continuous entertainment, which include a Youth Talent Show offering cash prizes. A silent auction—touting gift baskets, jewelry, dining certificates and original paintings by Mac McKenna—will benefit the Youth Ministry’s trip for the LA Religious Education Congress in 2012.

St. Michael the Archangel Church is part of the North Kona Catholic Community that includes Immaculate Conception Church in Holualoa, St. Paul’s Church in Honalo, St. Peter’s Church in Keauhou and Holy Rosary Church in Kalaoa. NKCC serves over 1,500 families and a steady stream of visitors, many who return year after year. Phone 808-326-7771 or visit onecatholicohana.org.

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  1. Mahalo for spreading the word about St. Michael’s fundraiser! God Bless U! Aloha, Fern

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