Luau & Preaching

Climbing Coconut Tree

  •   Peer pressure is tough. So when Angela and the boys requested coconuts from the tree, I was obligated to climb to the top and grab some. Don’t look too closely, however, I don’t want you to be struck with envy by my enormous biceps.




These are some shots from the luau which we attended on Saturday, including the boys’ coconut dance. It’s remarkable how much the Samoan warrior resembles me.

Hawaiian Preacher-1

I preached two sermons on Sunday morning at Hawaii Kai Church. In between services folks gather in a lovely outdoor area to enjoy conversation over pineapple and coffee. Words can’t adequately describe the degree of loving hospitality we received from the people of Hawaii Kai. Angela snapped this shot of me finishing my coffee before the second sermon. 



After a delightful lunch at the marina restaurant with friends, we were treated to a speedboat ride. We’re not in Kansas anymore Toto!

Following dinner with the Elders and their spouses, Angela and I were given the privilege of talking to them on the topic of church leadership. I have a feeling that in years to come when we look back upon our life of ministry, today will stand out as among the most extraordinary.

By the time we returned home to Mililani, the little Samoan warriors were out cold.  


About the author

Chris Castaldo (PhD, London School of Theology) is the lead pastor at New Covenant Church in Naperville, Illinois. He is the author of Talking with Catholics about the Gospel and coauthor of The Unfinished Reformation.


  1. Hey Chris, Angela and Boys,
    From Jen Brewer I learned today that you arrived safely, and I can see from your blog and photos that you’re having a marvelous time. Wonderful! You guys look great wearing lei’s.
    Buon viaggio!

  2. Tough work Chris but someone has to do it. Your reflections on death and life are both a firm reminder to all of us and a hopeful word that points us to the one who conquered the grave to save us by his death and resurrection.

    Have a blast in Hawaii but do not come back to Chicago and tell us all the great stories and show us photos or we just might be led into the sin of jealousy by our stronger brother!

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