In 2018, CCU, with support from the Presbytery of the Pacific, launched the MALAMA Internship Program bringing together a cohort of young adults (18-25) for a 10-week summer internship with focus on stewarding God’s creation, experiencing the breadth of ministry and engaging in vocational discernment.
The purpose of the program was to provide formational space in which young adults could explore the connection between their faith and vocation as they learn to serve God and God’s creation. Interns participated in worship leadership, pastoral visitations, cross-cultural and interfaith activities, and faith-based community organizing, giving particular attention to the unique context that is Hawai‘i. Through it all, the interns had opportunities to develop and deepen relationships with one another and with members and friends of the congregation, experiences which formed the basis for reflection on their own vocational calling.
In 2019, CCU partnered with Camp Mokuleia in welcoming two interns from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA engaging them in ministry and welcoming them as part of a mission team serving at Lana'i Union Church on the remote island of Lana'i.
Unfortunately, the Malama program has been put on hold for the years 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and 2022 due to Pastoral transition. But please check back here for information about our program in 2023.