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Big Island - Day One

May 11, 2021

We prayed at three locations today on the West Side of Hawai’i Island, known as the “Big Island.”  Mokauaikaua Church, Plymouth Rock, and Ahuena Heiau.

Mokuaikaua Church

Mokuaikaua Church is the oldest Christian Church in the Hawaiian Islands.  The congregation dates back to 1820 and the building was completed in 1837.  The congregation was first founded by Asa and Lucy Goodale Thurston, from the first ship of American Christian Missionaries, the brig “Thaddeus.”  They were given permission to teach Christianity by King Kamehameha II, and the Queen Regent Ka’ahumanu.

The original church, built of Ohi’a wood and a thatch roof, suffered several fires.  The present stone structure was constructed using stones recycles from a nearby Heiau, an ancient Hawaiian temple.  The interior is decorated with Koa wood.

Here we placed nail number 2 and prayed to release the “Seed of the Word” based from John 12:24

Plymouth Rock & Ahu'ena Heiau

The Hawaiian Plymouth Rock and Ahu’ena Heiau are in the same area on the West side of Big Island and is now part of a hotel complex.

Hawaiian Plymouth Rock

Kailua-Kona Pier covers most of the lava outcropping at Kaiakeakua (Sea of God) Bay.  On April 4, 1820, American Protestant missionaries landed on this site where Kahuna Nui (High Priest) Hewahewa had prophesied the new God would land.  Today it is known as “The Plymouth Rock of Hawaii.”  “A great God, a mighty God, a living God, an everlasting God is Jehovah…a rainbow standing in the sea is Jesus our Redeemer.” – Hewahewa

There was nowhere to place the nail in the ground on the pier side, so we placed both nails, # 3 for Plymouth Rock and # 13 for Ahu’ena Heiau, in the same location near the site of the Heiau.

Ahu'ena Heiau

Ahu’ena Heiau is situated in the lands traditionally known as Kamakahonu, the eye of the turtle, at Kailua Bay.  It is known as one of the most historical sites in all of Hawaii.  Built by King Kamehameha the Great, Ahu’ena served as his religious temple.  It was his personal refuge and his home for the last years of his life.  Many ritual prayers took place here, but it was not a place of human sacrifice.  Kamehameha the Great died there in 1819.  The first Christian missionaries were allowed to come ashore here in 1820.

Over Plymouth Rock we prayed to release the Fragrance of Christ over the islands from 2 Corinthians 2:15.  Over Ahu’ena was one of our “Four Corners” locations, the West side and prayed from 1 Chronicles 9:24.  Both nails, 3 & 13, are in the same location near Ahu’ena.

May 12, 2021

Today we prayed over 2 locations, Pu’uhonua ) Honauanau, the City of Refuge and Ka’ale, South Point.

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau (City of Refuge)

This National Park, Pu’uhonua O Honaunau City of Refuge is the site where, up until the early 19th century, Hawaiian who broke a kapu, one of the ancient laws, could avoid certain death by fleeing to this place.  The offender would be absolved by a priest and free to leave.  Defeated warriors and non-combatants could also find refuge here during times of battle

Here we prayed to break addictions and strongholds with our scripture being from Jeremiah 33:6.  While we were here, God led us to pray for a man named Rob.  We learned in conversation with Rob that he was a doctor and a born again Christian.  We prayed for him and his friend, Patrick, and Rob in turn prayed for us.  We prayed for the healing of his knee which he had twisted before boarding his flight to Hawaii.  We saw him walking into the parking lot of the National Park after we prayed for him and he was walking better.  Praise God for His healing touch!

Ka'lae (South Point)

We traveled down the road to our second location of the day, Ka’lae or South Point.  Beautiful vista greeted us around every turn as we headed toward the Southern most point of Big Island.  We did not have a 4 wheel drive so we could not get down to the Green Sand Beach at South Point, so we hiked down a dirt road about a quarter mile to pray over the area and plant the nail.

Here at Ka’lae as our Southern most location it is one of our “four corners”… we prayed from Psalm 107:2-3.

May 13, 2021

We decided to take a beach day today and moved our prayer location until the next day.

May 14, 2021

Kealakeua Bay / Captain Cook Monument

Today we traveled to Kealakekua Bay and found a Heiau we were unaware of.  This “temple” was one of Kameheamehea the Great’s retreats.  This is also the area where the chief had Captain James Cook killed.  A monument to Captain Cook is across the bay.

We prayed here to release the sound of God’s presence in the islands with our scripture from Ezekiel 43:2.  We also blew the shofar, Jewish ‘trumpet’, which echoed off the surrounding mountains and bay.

May 15, 2021

Mo'okini Heiau

We traveled to our location representing the North side of the island, Mo’okini Heiau, built on the northernmost tip of island of Hawai’i, Big Island, in the 5th century by the high priest (kahuna) Mo’okini.  As the oral tradition goes, Mo’okini Heiau was one of the temples where human sacrifices were made to the war god.

GPS was not our friend this day as it took us to the back side of the property as far as a locked gate, without ever seeing the heiau.  So, we did like we’ve done many times before when we could not reach the actual location, we prayed as close as we could.

May 16, 2021

We left from the Kona side of Big Island to travel to the Hilo side for the remainder of our assignment.  As we were driving, we came across this quaint Baptist Church.  It was not a prayer location, but we stopped to take pictures.  Pu’uanahulu Baptist Church was built in the late 1800’s and was moved to this location from it’s original place because it was threatened by a lava flow.  This is one of the oldest churches in Hawai’i and they are still having services.

Akaka / Kahuna Falls

After we arrived Hilo side and checked into our home for the next five days, we went to our only prayer location of the day, Akaka /  Kahuna Falls.  Located along the Northeastern Hilo coast, you can see two gorgeous waterfalls on one short hike.  We walked through a rain forest filled with flowers, bamboo and all kinds of birds.  Akaka Falls is a state park and the falls are spectacular.

At Akaka Falls we prayed to release God’s glory and His Harvest in Hawaii.  The scripture was from Zechariah 2:5-11, the nail was # 10, the number of covenant.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Waipi'o Valley and the Return to Mo'okini

After leaving Mo’okini a few days earlier, we felt impressed by the Holy Spirit that we must return to see if we could actually get to the heiau. We consulted our guidebook from directions to Mo’okini and went there after we went to our first location of the day, Waipio Valley.

Waipi'o Valley

We arrived to Waipiio Valley and made the short hike to the valley overlook.  We were greeted by breathtaking vistas, that the pictures just don’t do it justice.  While there we encountered six young ladies who were on Big Island celebrating a recent graduation from BIBLE COLLEGE!  As we talked to the ladies, one told us she was a Campus Missionary with Chai Alpha, which is the campus ministry with the Assemblies of God.  We shared with them about our mission and then prayed for them, and they for us.  Thses girls prayed the Holy Ghost down!  Praise God for divine connections.  We will be keeping in contact with them and they with us.

After the encounter with the ladies, we prayed over Waipi’o Valley from Micah 4:8 and released the anointing of the Watchmen on the Wall, which is the spirit of intercession.  The nail we placed in the ground was # 4, which is the number of the times and seasons, and of the open door.

Mo'okini... Take Two

We left from Waipi’o Valley and headed back to find Mo’okini Heiau.  We found Mo’okini but still was unable to get to it, so we prayed at the gate on the other side.  We had brought extra nails, so this was nail # 15, which is the number of Covenant Grace.  We prayed from Exodus, “No other gods before Me”, had communion, used the sword and blew the shofar once more.  The North side of the island is very windy on a good day, but as we began to pray the wind picked up with some pretty strong gusts.   As we prayed and did as God had instructed, the wind began to die down to a calmer gale.  God is so good!   At the point after the prayer, and seeding the ground with the communion elements, I took out the sword and “struck the ground for the wells of revival to spring forth.”  When the sword struck the ground the wind died completely for a few seconds, then a gentle breeze began to blow.  We have had this experience several times at various locations.  The wind of the Holy Spirit was blowing through the area.  Then we sealed everything by the blowing of the Shofar.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

We had our second day off from praying.  With Hawaii Safe Travels restrictions in place, to return home to Kaua’i without having to quarantine we needed to take the second of our covid tests (which came back negative, again!).  We had a little beach time to rest and recoup from the events of the long previous day.  While at the beach we met two ladies who were on their own “Holy Spirit Journey.”  They had come to know the Lord and be filled with the Holy Spirit, 50 YEARS AGO on the island of Kaua’i.  One lady and her husband had just retired from being Missionaries to South Africa for 25 years.  Praise God!  We shared what we were doing on Big Island and gained two more Sisters in Christ.  God is good!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park

Our prayer assignment took us to Volcanoes National Park.  What a great day…long, but great!  It was cool and raining when we arrived the the National Park.  We visited the Kilauea crater, hiked through a lava tube, visited the remaining Sea Arch, hiked to view petroglyphs, all before our prayer location.  It was quite the adventure as you’ll see in the pictures.

We prayed from Micah 2:13 the release of the “breaker anointing” and after placing the nail in the ground, had communion, struck the ground with the sword and blew the Shofar once more.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

FINAL DAY: FOUR LOCATIONS

For our final day of this Phase One Prayer Assignment, we had 4 locations.  I know it sounds like a lot, and it is, but the final three were close to each other in Hilo.  Today we prayed over Mauna Kea, Coconut Island, Rainbow Falls and Haili Congregational Church.

Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano and holds a spiritual significance to the Hawaiian people.  To them this land is sacred and is the zenith of their ancestral ties to creation.  The upper regions, over 13,000 feet in height, are believed to be the temple of the Supreme Being in not only Hawaiian culture, but to many in Polynesia.  A history of complex land titles over the years has moved the land use away from the Hawaiian traditions to that of scientific astronomical advancement.  There is a lot of unrest over Mauna Kea.  There are thirteen telescopes funded by eleven countries constructed at the summit.  Their construction on a landscape considered sacred by Native Hawaiians continues to be a topic of debate to this day.

At just a little over 9,000 feet is the Visitor’s Center, we prayed near there.  We prayed from Isaiah 60:21-22 to release Hawaii’s Inheritance as Children of the King.  We put nail # 9 in the ground, which is the number for the Holy Spirit.

Mokoula / Coconut Island

Our second location of the day was Mokoula, or Coconut Island.  This is a small island in Hilo Bay, just off shore from Queen Lili’uokalani Gardens.  It’s a small park connected to the main island by a foot bridge.  Legend says that if anyone was feeling sick or ill would be healed by swimming around Mokoula three times.  This was also a place of refuge where natives or warriors could “redeem” themselves.

Mokoula was our final location of the “Four Corners” as it is located on the East Side of Big Island.  We declared Psalm 103:12 over the East Side.

Rainbow Falls

One of the most easily accessible waterfalls on the Big Island.  On sunny days rainbows appear in the mist from the 80 foot waterfall, thus living up to it’s name “Rainbow Falls.”  This is another of the sacred sites to the Native Hawaiians with their mythology dealing with the demigod Maui lassoing the sun to he could help his mother, godess Hina, dry “kapa” which is made from tree bark.

Over Rainbow Falls we prayed from 1 Kings 9:3 and declared Godly leadership over Hawai’i.  We placed nail # 6 in the ground.

Haili Congregational Church

Our final location has probably the most significance of any of our sites.  The working of God can be documented in the early history of Haili Church.  First, God used the zeal of Henry Opukauaia, the first Hawaiian convert to Christianity, to inspire New England missionaries to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to his native land.  Secondly, six months before the arrival of the first missionaries, the pagan “kapu” system of worship was broken by Liholiho, King Kamehameha II.  Thirdly, with the spiritual vacuum created by the loss of the kapu system, the response to the Gospel was tremendous through the preaching of Reverend Titus Coan, one of the early Hilo missionaries.  The church grew to possibly the largest church in the world at that time with over 10,000 members.  Reverend Coan is credited for learning the Hawaiian language and helping educate the residents of the area and lead them to Christ.

This was the FIRST GREAT AWAKENING IN HAWAI’I.  The year was 1820.

The presence of God is still strong on the location of the church.  We prayed from Joel 2:28-29 for the move of God in the Youth of Hawaii as has been prophesied.  We place nail # 7 in the ground on the back side of the church sign.

And this wraps up a summary of our Phase One Prayer Assignment to the Big Island.

May 21, 2021 we flew home to Kaua’i.

Praise God!

 

Hawaii Prayer Focus: Big Island Phase Two set for August 11-21, 2021!  So excited to return!