LAHAINA

Medi-tator

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UPDATE

The Disaster Relief work provided by The Branch is coming to a close in Lahaina. Here is a link to the recent Branch Visit which was recorded for distribution to the friends who were unable to attend in person. This special meeting was held at the Pidgen congregation so the songs are sung in Pidgen except for the very last song.

For those interested, here is the link. Branch Appreciation Visit - held Saturday January 27, 2024 on the island of Maui

https://stream.jw.org/ts/H5EA3KFwX5
 

BARNABY THE DOG.

Well-known member
UPDATE

The Disaster Relief work provided by The Branch is coming to a close in Lahaina. Here is a link to the recent Branch Visit which was recorded for distribution to the friends who were unable to attend in person. This special meeting was held at the Pidgen congregation so the songs are sung in Pidgen except for the very last song.

For those interested, here is the link. Branch Appreciation Visit - held Saturday January 27, 2024 on the island of Maui

https://stream.jw.org/ts/H5EA3KFwX5
One can tell how traditionally isolated the English can be in their thinking. After years and years of being berated and disciplined over dress and appearance, even a thin line of facial hair, and even to the point of “tight pants Tony”, I click on the link provided only to find an elder conducting the meeting in a flower-power shirt, and a garland of coconut leaves around his neck instead of a sober tie - and though not shown, probably suited up in a grass miniskirt too below the waist. My imagination also instantly conjured up the sisters swaying away on the platform leading the singing in hula hula outfits with appropriately placed and polished coconut shells and the tempting flashes of thigh as the breeze floated through those grass skirts. It’s just all too much for an early morning trawl through the Forum. Please put a warning on your content, Meditator if you’re going to fire my imagination this early in the morning. And all because the elder was a Hawaii 5-0 fan. You’ve got me “meditating“ now - it’s going to take a loooong time to dispel the vision of a group of sisters dressed in nothing but coconut shells and grass skirts leading the singing.☹️!!!
 

Medi-tator

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One can tell how traditionally isolated the English can be in their thinking. After years and years of being berated and disciplined over dress and appearance, even a thin line of facial hair, and even to the point of “tight pants Tony”, I click on the link provided only to find an elder conducting the meeting in a flower-power shirt, and a garland of coconut leaves around his neck instead of a sober tie - and though not shown, probably suited up in a grass miniskirt too below the waist. My imagination also instantly conjured up the sisters swaying away on the platform leading the singing in hula hula outfits with appropriately placed and polished coconut shells and the tempting flashes of thigh as the breeze floated through those grass skirts. It’s just all too much for an early morning trawl through the Forum. Please put a warning on your content, Meditator if you’re going to fire my imagination this early in the morning. And all because the elder was a Hawaii 5-0 fan. You’ve got me “meditating“ now - it’s going to take a loooong time to dispel the vision of a group of sisters dressed in nothing but coconut shells and grass skirts leading the singing.☹️!!!
They don't call you "The Dog" for nothing :cool::LOL:. Sorry Barn, I forgot to mention that ties are no longer required for "spiritual activities" here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Beards and aloha shirts are all the rage over here now :ROFLMAO:.
 

SusanB

Well-known member
UPDATE

The Disaster Relief work provided by The Branch is coming to a close in Lahaina. Here is a link to the recent Branch Visit which was recorded for distribution to the friends who were unable to attend in person. This special meeting was held at the Pidgen congregation so the songs are sung in Pidgen except for the very last song.

For those interested, here is the link. Branch Appreciation Visit - held Saturday January 27, 2024 on the island of Maui

https://stream.jw.org/ts/H5EA3KFwX5
Thank you for posting. I am still wading through it. It’s a long one. Oh yeah, I guess I could have told you to your face if I just walked around the corner! :ROFLMAO:
 

Medi-tator

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Thank you for posting. I am still wading through it. It’s a long one. Oh yeah, I guess I could have told you to your face if I just walked around the corner! :ROFLMAO:
Two weeks ago on Tues Jan 16 my daughter (Disaster Relief) gave me a tour of Lahaina. We were almost the only people in the whole town that day. It was frankly quite surreal, bizarre and devastating to see such a vibrant city burnt to the ground like it is. Having experienced Lahaina my entire life from my very young childhood on up, it took my breath away to see one of my favorite Hawaiian towns being so completely destroyed. It is quite understandable to see that sister break up so much while being interviewed by Brother Jeff Mailua during that Branch visit. Jeff was one of our former Circuit Overseers over here on Oahu back about 10 years ago. Really good guy!
 

SusanB

Well-known member
UPDATE

The Disaster Relief work provided by The Branch is coming to a close in Lahaina. Here is a link to the recent Branch Visit which was recorded for distribution to the friends who were unable to attend in person. This special meeting was held at the Pidgen congregation so the songs are sung in Pidgen except for the very last song.

For those interested, here is the link. Branch Appreciation Visit - held Saturday January 27, 2024 on the island of Maui

https://stream.jw.org/ts/H5EA3KFwX5
Well, many beautiful thoughts and no doubt intentions. But at about 1 hour and 1minute into it, the brother makes the point that if some in the audience have lost everything perhaps this is a time to increase your service to Jehovah (paraphrased). Just imagine saying that to Job when he lost everything.
 

SusanB

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We thought the fires on Maui have been extinquished, but I just read this today:

”Small underground fires continue to emerge periodically in Upcountry, Maui”


Everything, everywhere seems to be on fire both literally and emotionally.
I’m still wading through the long video. But now here is another point that makes we wonder. They interview a lovely family who lost their home and relate the confusion, fear and pain of being so confused in a fire like that. But then they make the point that the JW’s helped them get housing and whatever they needed and they got it quickly and their non-witness acquaintances marveled and said they didn’t get any help. That just isn’t true. The local people on Maui had an immediate and heroic effort to get food, supplies, housing etc. It’s all on video. But the Federal government blocked them and threatened them with arrest. But they didn’t quit, they went under the radar to do what they could as far as basic supplies like food and water. Of course the poor victims still have seen very little of the money that was purportedly donated to them. But there are whistleblowers on X keeping everyone updated on what is happening and what is not happening. Even so, I don’t doubt that Jehovah’s worshippers had all the assistance that was available to them and the brothers are very resourceful. But there is no need to slant it and make it look like they are the only ones, because they aren’t. Now I wonder how many other relief efforts did they make false statements about.
 
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