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VIF Celebrates Easter-4.8.2012

Happy Resurrection Day!!  He IS RISEN!!

VIF celebrated Easter in a special way today, with 5 baptisms!!

The interpretive sign dance ministry shared in dance during the service.

After the first service, 5 people were baptized!  Praise the Lord!


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VIF Celebrates Baby Girl Kaneshiro! 3/31/2012


This past Saturday, March 31, 2012, Valley Isle Fellowship showered my Sister-In-Law and Brother with an ABUNDANCE of blessings.  Amy and Jeremy are awaiting the arrival of their precious baby girl.  She is supposed to make her grand entrance on or around May 15!  Our family is very excited, for this will be the first grandchild for my parents!

Helen Yoshizawa (a lifelong family friend, who we refer to as Aunty Helen) was in charge of putting everything together.  Thank you SO MUCH, Aunty Helen for all that you did!!  You are such a tremendous BLESSING to Amy and Jeremy, as well as the rest of our family!!  To all those involved with making the day a very successful one, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Now, for some pictures!!  Enjoy!!

Bouquet/centerpieces made by Pauline Harada; favors by Helen Yoshizawa.

Carol Sakai opened up in prayer.


Lani Sarmiento shared a devotional.

Aunty Helen! 🙂

Amy getting measured, for the classic baby shower game of guess how big Mom's stomach is!

Both women had to jan ken po (rock, paper, scissors), to see who won the prize! They had to break a tie for the name the baby animal game. Hilarious!!

The proud Parents to Be!


SO MUCH ONOLICIOUS food!! VIF sure knows how to potluck!! 😀




Blessing upon blessing of gifts!!




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VIF Baptism, 2/4/2012-Kawika Kiesling

Praise the Lord!!  My sister’s boyfriend, Kawika Kiesling, got baptized yesterday!!  He had approached my Dad (Pastor of Valley Isle Fellowship), during this past week.  God had been convicting him that it was something he had to do.  So joyfully, about 50 of his friends and family, joined Kawika for a morning baptism out at Lauiupoko Beach.  What a blessing and testament it was!!  God is Sovereign!!  Here are some pictures from the day!

I met up with my Dad at the church, and was marveled at the beauty of the West Maui Mountains!!  God has truly blessed us!!  The sun was just starting to shine on the mountains!

Even the whales were rejoicing for Kawika!

A time of prayer.

Hallelujah!!  Praise the Lord!! 😀

Kawika getting a congratulatory hug from his Dad!!

Kawika sharing his testimony of why it was such an important decision for him. You go Kawika!!  What a testimony! God has GREAT and MIGHTY things in store for you!!

Kawika with my sister Keri! 😀


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VIF Ordination, 1.15.2012, Darren Sarmiento

YAY!!!  Only a week overdue!!  Sorry that this is late!!  I did try to get this posted earlier (I even had it downloaded, edited and Blogstomped, but just never got around to uploading and blogging)!!

On Sunday afternoon, January 15, 2012, Valley Isle Fellowship had their first ever, ordination service for Pastor Darren Sarmiento.  Congratulations Darren!!

A time of worship in song, which is very fitting!  Pastor Darren is the Pastor of Worship!

A time of testimonies, of Pastor Darren’s impact on lives!

Malia shared a hula, and was joined by 2 of her daughters!!  A true blessing!!

Pastor Jay Armstrong, of Kihei Baptist Church, gave the Charge to Pastor Darren.

A laying on hands (prayer) by  Ordained Ministers.

Prayer by VIF for Pastor Darren and his family.

Pastor Darren shared his thanks, and introduced his family.  I was able to get pictures of everyone except for his brother and nephews!  SO SORRY that they didn’t turn out!!


Congratulations Darren!!  Dave and I are praying for you!!  I personally want to thank you, Lani and Amber for the impact you’ve had on my life!!  May God RICHLY bless your ministry!!  God is Sovereign!

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Valley Isle Fellowship Baptism- Sunday, August 7, 2011

Yay!!!  I FINALLY got around to editing the last of my photos!!  I’m trying to finish out 2011 with no undone projects!  So, here it goes!!

Back in August, my Sister, Keri, got baptized!!  As they did in the Bible times, she was baptized in the ocean!! 😀

Several other girls were also baptized!!  An exciting time for the church!

My sister, Keri!! 🙂

Cousin love!!

All the girls, following the baptism!

With Pastor Darren!

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12.11.2011-Valley Isle Fellowship Installation of Senior Pastor, Stephen Kaneshiro

WOW!!!!  I can’t believe that it has been about 5.5 months since I last blogged!!  OUCH!!  I better get caught up, and get back to blogging!!

Since I told my brother that I’d share some pictures with him of yesterday, I decided to clean out the dust and blog it!!

Valley Isle Fellowship  (VIF) installed my Dad, Stephen Kaneshiro, as their Senior Pastor yesterday, Sunday, December 11, 2011.  Most of my immediate family are in the process of moving back!  It’s weird, that after a little over 7 years, I’ll have almost all of my immediate family back on Maui!  My parents moved to the Big Island back in August of 2004.  Both my brother and sister eventually followed them.

VIF has been without a Senior pastor for about 2.5 years.  This past summer, my Dad temporarily moved over to serve as their Interim Pastor.  VIF then called my Dad as their Senior Pastor in October, and my Dad moved over in November.  Unfortunately, my Mom is still living on the Big Island since she has to finish out her teaching contract for the rest of the school year.

A few people from my Dad’s previous church on the Big Island, In Christ Alone House Church Ministries, flew over for the installation service.  Here are a few of them.

The only cousin that my Mom has on Maui, Dean, came to the service!  Thanks for coming Dean!!  I got to meet him for the first time at Thanksgiving!  He is my Grandma’s nephew.  Here is a picture of them reconnecting after many years!!

The school cafeteria where they hold their services, is all decorated for CHRISTMAS!!



Pastor Darren Sarmiento started the service out with a welcome, followed by Praise and Worship.

Ken served as the announcer/emcee.

Then an expression of thanks was given to the members of In Christ Alone House Church Ministries.



My Uncle Paul (my Dad’s brother), who happens to be the pastor of Pukalani Baptist Church, then gave a Charge to VIF.



My good friend Malia, shared a special Interpretive Sign Dance to “My Redeemer.”


Bob, the Moderator of my Dad’s former church (In Christ Alone House Church Ministries), gave a Charge to my Dad.



Special Prayers of Dedication for the Church, my Dad, and my Mom then followed.



Wes (Moderator of the MCBA) shared Congratulations from the MCBA.

My Dad shared some closing remarks and thanks.

The worship team closed by sharing “Christmas Offering.”

After a closing prayer by Flo, it was time to fellowship and eat!  Two things that VIF does really well!! 🙂  The stormy weather outside didn’t dampen the day at all!

So, at 59 years of age, a new chapter, and new adventures have started for my Dad!  God is not done using my Dad!  I know that he will deeply miss his In Christ Alone family.  We, the Kaneshiro Family, would like to thank them all, for taking the time and sacrificing, to make the journey over to Maui!


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