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Kumulani Chapel unveils renovations

By Staff | Dec 17, 2009

Artists Chelsea Aaron (left) and Stephanie Costantino catch a wave with Cash Aaron in Kumulani Chapel’s board room.

KAPALUA — Sunday, Dec. 6, marked a historic event for Kumulani Chapel.

For almost 28 years, Kumulani Chapel has held its Sunday morning services at Hale Hokulani in Kapalua, affectionately known as “The Barn.”

But the facilities for children’s services have had multiple locations throughout the years, none of which were in the vicinity of the adult service location.

A creative new opportunity became available with the dedication prayer and cutting of the maile lei for the new “Da Beach” keiki facility on Dec. 6. Next, excited children and adults in attendance were given the opportunity to walk through the updated building.

Through the years, Kumulani Chapel Children’s Director Rondilyn Franz has had to be quite inventive to meet the needs of area families.

Keiki are elated with Kumulani Chapel’s new children’s facility. Photos by Bruce Forrester.

“Each week, families attending one of our Sunday morning services have been required to make quite a journey to church,” said Franz.

“We are so excited to now have a convenient, ‘one-stop’ option for families, and when the children arrive… what a delightful surprise is in store for the children and parents!”

To revamp the keiki facility’s interior, Franz enlisted the volunteer help of area artists Chelsea Aaron, Glen Boisvin, Auggie and Stephanie Costantino and Lynda Towles.

“I never dreamed that this facility would turn out as it did, and through the years wondered when we would finally have a place for children,” said Franz.

The main facility, artistically painted by Boisvin, has an underwater theme with sea life on display.

The nursery room, painted by Towles, has a very Hawaiiana/children-themed motif.

And the older grade school room, painted by the Costantinos and Aaron, includes a perfect wave in the “board room.”

Kumulani Chapel’s contemporary worship services are held on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. across the street from Sansei Restaurant in Kapalua.

Family Christmas Eve services are scheduled for 6 and 8 p.m., with an open house, or “Christmas Party for Jesus,” in between the services for the public to view the new children’s facility and improvements to the Hale Hokulani.

For information, call the church office at 669-6905.