2014 Sokabe Sunday

On March 23, 2014, Hilo Coast United Church of Christ celebrated the 120th anniversary of Reverend Shiro Sokabe's arrival in Honomu.

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Special guests from our sister church, Fukuoka Kego Church in Kyushu, Japan included Reverend Hiroyoshi Nishioka, the current pastor of Kego Church; Mrs. Nobuko Arakawa; Mr. Takeshi and Mieko Ito; Mr. Yoshitaro and Aiko Oshima; and Dr. Masaki and Keiko Moriyama. Amy Sakuma, a member of the 2005 Sokabe Mission, was also present.


Mrs. Arakawa performed a special dance during the service, and specially chosen stones from Japan and Hawaii were exchanged as a symbol of our enduring friendship and shared history. 

Reverend Sokabe was born in Fukuoka City where he spent much of his early childhood. His mother, Yone Sokabe, was a charter member of Kego Church.

Sokabe Sunday 2014