Hawaii Island

Please call or email the contact person to confirm the group is meeting and to get specifics on the meeting location.

Monday  Evenings       Hawaiian Queen Coffee Garden, 75-1048 Henry St, Kailua Kona    
                                        Contact: Farley Jones, wfjj5@yahoo.com, 808-896-3920

Monday 4:30 pm         Church of the Holy Apostles, 1407 Kapiolani St, Hilo
                                        Contact: Lindberg Marzo, lindymarzo@gmail.com, 808-859-3847

Big Island Introductory Workshop

By Farley Jones


The Unity Church of Kailua Kona was the site of a Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop held on the Big Island this past May 18th. Sponsored by Contemplative Outreach of Hawaii in conjunction with the Big Island’s Pacific Rim Education Foundation (www.prefpeace.org), the workshop attracted approximately 12 participants, the great majority of whom were new to the practice.

Other than some videos of Fr. Keating, COHI’s Jean Benfer was the sole presenter for the five hour program and all participants seemed impressed by her calm competence, and comfortable with her warm, unpretentious style.

A weekly Monday night meeting was initiated after the workshop and is continuing. Initial participation on Monday nights hovered around 7-8 persons but has since shrunk to about four regulars. Our hope is that after the summer we may see new expansion.

In any event we are happy that the Big Island can now join the community of Centering Prayer circles in Hawaii!  Anyone who would like to join the on-going group is welcome.