March 9, 2019 — Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon
The 15th edition of the annual Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, organised by Kaua’i Island Ministries and hosted by Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami, was held on March 9 at the Kilohana Luau Pavilion in Puhi. It was attended by over 1,000 individuals from the government, military, judiciary and law enforcement, the business and educational spheres, as well as church ministries and families. Many attendees were also of various other faiths and religions, but everyone was gathered in a spirit of unity to pray for Kaua’i’s leadership and the future of their shared home.
The morning’s programme saw participants praying for the government, the judiciary, the military, law enforcement, businesses, churches, families, and for county concerns, like the lost and broken among the community. Keynote speaker Alex Kendrick, a well-known actor, director, writer, and a former associate pastor at Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, inspired his listeners with a message about faith, giving God the glory, and the importance of prayer. Mayor Kawakami, who was presiding over the event for the first time time, shared some of the most valuable lessons that his mother taught him.
The event was also a time of mingling and celebration, and as always, hula was a big part of the event; it is offered as a gift to and a blessing over the various delegates. Kumu Lei choreographed and directed the hula as she has in previous years, coaching and training dancers from various schools in order to promote and encourage unified support for the Luncheon and all that it represents.
After the formal presentation, a more casual, festive buffet lunch was served. The day was also spent in fun and festivity as many of the event’s participants visited and were reunited with friends.