Vespers on the Lanai is a casual event which combines great music with an opportunity for spiritual reflection. We host great local bands and intersperse the music with readings and poetry: a chance to think and connect. We explore a variety of musical genres and think broadly so those of any religious tradition or no religious tradition should feel comfortable. Vespers events are typically on the second Friday of certain months from 7-8pm, so check back on this page for updates about what's coming up!
OUR CURRENT IN-PERSON AUDIENCE PROTOCOL:
For those at home, we will continue to livestream Vespers online on our CCU Facebook page from 7-8pm; just click on the live video on www.facebook.com/christchurchuniting which will appear just before or at 7pm. NOTE: You do NOT have to be a Facebook member to watch; anyone can access the page and video.
To watch later (along with all our previous Vespers on the Lanai videos), click on the Past Vespers on the Lanai button below, or access our CCU YouTube Channel by clicking here. Catch up and enjoy them anytime!
To get the latest updates on our events, click here to join our email list so you can receive our Vespers announcements.
Join us Friday June 9 from 7-8pm, in person or online!
Sherele is a quartet of musicians on Oahu who play klezmer music, the Jewish traditional music that has its origins among the Ashkenazi Jews of Central and Eastern Europe. The word klezmer is a Yiddish contraction of the Hebrew words for instrument (kley) and song (zemer). This very expressive style of music can be either slow and soulful or fast and exuberant, and is often played at Jewish weddings and other festive events. The musicians in Sherele are Lisa Gomes, (violin), Norm Foster (clarinet), Anita Trubitt (accordion), and Marcia Kemble (percussion). The band’s name means “little sher,” and is taken from an Eastern European Jewish tune and dance form of the same name. Click here to read more about Sherele.
Preview their music at https://sherelehawaii.weebly.com/sample-tunes.html
NOTE: We hope to be outside: please bring your own lawn chair/blanket, picnics are welcome, and masks are optional. If the weather moves us inside, picnics/beverages/optional masks still apply (and we'll have chairs for everyone inside).
No Vespers on the Lanai in July. See you in August, for sure, and then Oct. or Nov.
Click below to view past recordings of Vespers on the Lanai events.
The Bus Boyz pulled up to the Lanai for an evening of Hawaiian classics and plenty aloha! Formed initially as a way to support Hanahau'oli School's Give Aloha Program at FoodLand and SacNSave Hawai'i stores (their donation # is 77501), the group consists of musicians who are "Dad-connected" to the school. The group also annually headlines Hanahau'oli's fall Children's Fair and winter Malama Na Keiki auction extravaganza. The Bus Boyz have since traveled beyond their school route to pick up a wider following at a variety of private functions, transporting audiences to a place of feel-good community connection. With their broad and deep makua kāne sound made up of 5 to 12+ voices and strings and a kanikapila vibe, you'll feel like you're at the best backyard family gathering where every uncle knows how to jam and does so with all their heart and aloha. So hop on the bus and enjoy the ride! Artist album at https://soundcloud.com/bus-boyz.
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