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Prince Of Peace Lutheran Church on Honolulu, HI

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Waikiki…

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and has served in Waikiki since 1959. The Mission Statement of the congregation states: “The mission of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is to Reach, Preach, and Teach the saving knowledge and love of Jesus Christ our Lord in Waikiki.”

Serving God and Serving Waikiki for Over 50 Years…

In the late 1950s the American Lutheran Church (a predecessor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) sent several pastors to begin congregations to join Lihue Lutheran Church on the Island of Kauai (founded in the 1890s) and the Lutheran Church of Honolulu (founded in the early 1900s) to bring the Lutheran perspective of the Christian faith to the Hawaiian Islands.

A Brief History of Prince of Peace

1959 On November 15th eighty-nine people met as charter members in the Princess Kaiulani Hotel to establish Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Waikiki.
 
1959 Norman L. Hammer was called as Prince of Peace-Waikiki's first pastor and Millie Christopherson as POP's first Parish Worker. Prince of Peace – Waikiki produced weekly television and radio programs including Sunday School Adventure, Come Alive, and The Aloha Lani Hour.

1963 On September 29th the church building at 333 Lewers Street was completed and dedicated.
1969 Bob Turnbull was called and hired as Youth Director. Prince of Peace – Waikiki also started the Waikiki Beach Ministry which is still active today.

1972 Reverend Don Baron was hired to begin the Bible Institute of Hawaii.

1974 Ruth Yuan from China was called as Parish Worker at Prince of Peace.

1974 Reverend David Chao from China was called to begin the Chinese Lutheran Church.

1980 Reverend James Keller was called as Pastor of Prince of Peace – Waikiki.

1988 The Church building on Lewers Street was sold to the Honolulu Duty Free store.

1991 Dr. Nicholas Christoff was called as Pastor to Prince of Peace.

1993 The Church building on Lewers Street was razed and Prince of Peace begins worship services at Princess Kaiulani Hotel.

2004 Princess Kaiulani Hotel closed all food services and meeting facilities. The first two Sundays in November Prince of Peace - Waikiki holds worship services in Kapiolani Park.

2004 By mid November Prince of Peace relocated to the Queen Kapiolani Hotel, 150 Kapahulu Ave. where it remains today. 

2011 Dr. Christoff resigned due to medical disability at the end of 2010 and Reverend Yukio Hamada was called and installed as Prince of Peace's fourth pastor

And Seeking to Serve Another 50 Years…

Waikiki has changed in many ways since 1959 but, now, the congregation of Prince of Peace is prayerfully seeking God’s direction for renewed service in the community. A growing number of Senior Citizens, homelessness, alcohol and substance abuse present challenges as Prince of Peace begins its second 50 years. Despite being a small congregation in numbers, the ministry of Prince of Peace has been magnified and multiplied by a partnership of visitors and congregations in the Mainland U. S. and Canada.

Called to Serve....

From the beginning the members of Prince of Peace have been conscious that they are a “Priesthood of Believers” and have demonstrated that with their hospitality to visitors from the Mainland U.S., Canada, and throughout the World and their caring and love for one another.
But, the congregation has been very aware that a Staff is essential for the implementation of much of the ministry. Through the years Prince of Peace has been blessed with talented Music Ministers and a dynamic Music program.

But, the congregation has been very aware that a Staff is essential for the implementation of much of the ministry. Through the years Prince of Peace has been blessed with talented Music Ministers and a dynamic Music program.
The current Music Minister is the latest in a long line of gifted musicians who have served in this capacity. Linda Asahina is a talented pianist and has blessed Prince of Peace for the past several years. She doubles as the Choir Director. In addition she is the accompanist for the Honolulu Boy Choir and in the Punahou School Music Department.

Upon hearing Linda play, a visiting Bishop from the Midwest exclaimed, “Where did you find such an exceptional musician?”
Congregation on Honolulu, HI
Congregation on Honolulu, HI
Rev. Yukio Hamada has been serving Prince of Peace since September 2010 after Rev. Nicholas Christoff retired. Pastor Hamada is a 1979 graduate of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, and served a parish in Milwaukee, WI, from 1979 to 1986.
He retired from a teaching career in 2008 and taught mathematics, coached, and served as the chaplain at Punahou School. Prince of Peace called him to be their fourth pastor and he was installed in April 2011 by Bishop Murray Finck of the Pacifica Synod (ELCA).
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