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===The Greek Orthodox Church (GOARCH)===
In the mid 1960s, a Greek Orthodox community established a Greek Orthodox mission under the auspices of the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America|Greek Archdiocese]]. This community became known as [http://www.schgoc.hi.goarch.org/ Ss. Constantine Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church]. The current Dean of the Cathedral is Fr. Alexander Leong, who was assigned to the parish in Honolulu in 2013. The community is under the omophorion of Metr. [[Gerasimos (Michaleas) of San Francisco]] ([[GOARCH]]). This community is well-known for its annual Greek Festival held at Ala Moana Beach Park near Waikiki. Priest Alexander Leong is Dean of the Cathedral in Honolulu.
In the 1990s, a Greek Orthodox mission was established on the Island of Maui. It later became inactive, but there are efforts underway to revive it. The mission has been served by clergy from Ss. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Honolulu.
===The Orthodox Church in America (OCA)===
In early 2004, a new Orthodox community under the jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church in America ([[OCA]]) was established on the Big Island of Hawai`i, in Kailua-Kona. In 2007 this was named [http://stjuvenaly.org St. Juvenaly Orthodox Mission]. The pastor administrator of this mission parish is Fr. John SchroedelMatthew Tate, and it is under the oversight of His Eminence, Archbishop [[Benjamin (Peterson) of San Francisco]] of the [[Diocese of the West (OCA)|Diocese of the West]].
In 2013, this community purchased a building in [[w:Honomu|Honomu]], on the east side of Hawaiʻi. The east-side mission is known as [http://ascensionhilo.org Holy Ascension Orthodox Church].
==A Miracle in the Islands==
During the month of October in the year 2007, a great miracle occurred in the State of Hawaii when the Miracleworking and Myrrh-streaming "Hawaiian" Iveron Icon of the Theotokos began streaming myrrh in the home of an Orthodox Christian couple in Honolulu.
The Iveron Icon, a small mounted print, (a copy of the Montreal [[Panagia PortaitissaImage:IveronIcon1.jpg|left|frame|The Wonderworking "Hawaiian" Myrrh-streaming Iveron]] Icon), originally purchased at the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral's small church kiosk in Toronto by Rev. Anatole V. Lyovin, was given to the Reader Nectarios in Hawaii as a gift for the aforementioned name's day. This Icon was in the Reader's possession for eight years before it, along with a small hand-painted cross, began exuding a fragrant oil-like substance traditionally referred to as "myrrh" by the Orthodox Church. It was decided by Archbishop [[Kyrill (Dmitrieff) of San Francisco|Kyrill]] of San Francisco that this Icon of the Mother of God was to be taken to the Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Cathedral in San Francisco where it underwent tests and was carefully examined by the Archbishop and a commission of priests to verify the Icon's miraculous attributes.
In June The Iveron Icon, a small mounted print, (a copy of 2008, the "Hawaiian" Montreal [[Panagia Portaitissa|Iveron ]] Icon of ), originally purchased at the Mother of God Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral's small church kiosk in Toronto by Archpriest Anatole V. Lyovin, was declared given to be the Reader Nectarios in Hawaii as a genuine and miraculous gift for the aforementioned name's day. This Icon, which was in fact the Reader's possession for eight years before it, along with a small hand-painted cross, began exuding a fragrant oil-like substance traditionally referred to as "myrrh on a continuing basis" by the Orthodox Church. It was decided by Episcopal proclamation (Archbishop [[UkazKyrill (Dmitrieff) of San Francisco|Kyrill]]) of San Francisco that this Icon of the Reader Nectarios, Mother of God was to be taken to the Icon's original owner, be "Her" guardian Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Cathedral in San Francisco where it underwent investigation and testing and was to take the Icon to carefully examined by the various churches Archbishop and monasteries a commission of Holy Orthodoxy, in effect, priests to provide for verify the veneration of all Orthodox ChristiansIcon's miraculous attributes.
Since that timeIn June of 2008, the Miracle-working "Hawaiian" Iveron Icon has visited over 350 churches of the Mother of God was declared by the Russian Orthodox Church to be a genuine and monasteries miraculous Icon, which was in North America, and has been venerated by over a quarter of fact exuding myrrh on a million peoplecontinuing basis. The holy Icon has been a constant source of a growing number of miraculous occurrencesIt was decided by Episcopal proclamation ([[Ukaz]]) that the Reader Nectarios, including the healing of cancer, blindness, demonic possession, and various types of physical and spiritual infirmities. People have felt a deep spiritual connection to this Icon's original owner, even spending hours on end simply standing before be "Her", guardian and watching was to escort the myrrh flow from Icon to the hands various churches and stars on monasteries of Holy Orthodoxy, in effect, to provide for the imageveneration of all Orthodox Christian faithful.
Since that time, the Miracle-working Icon has visited over 1000 churches and monasteries throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and has been venerated by millions of faithful. The holy Icon has been a constant source of a growing number of miraculous occurrences, including the healing of cancer, blindness, demonic possession, and various types of physical and spiritual infirmities. People have felt a deep spiritual connection to this Icon, even spending hours on end simply standing before "Her", and watching the myrrh flow from the hands and stars on the image. As She travels, the Holy Icon has been lovingly called in Greek, "The Wandering Panaghia" since She does not have a [http://www.iveron.org memorial church shrine] to call Her own. When resources become available, plans are underway to build a proper chapel or church structure in Hawaii to house the Mother of God's holy Wonderworking Icon. It has also been affectionately referred to as the "Protectress of the Orthodox in Hawaii" by some of the Orthodox Christian faithful in Hawaii, since Orthodox Christians from all the Hawaii parishes have come to love and have grown very close to this miracle from God.
May She forever protect the Christian faithful of Hawaii!
*Priest Alexander Leong, Rector of Ss. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
*Priest Athanasius Kone, Rector of the Holy Theotokos of Iveron Russian Orthodox Church.
*Priest John Schroedel, Rector of St. Juvenaly Orthodox Church.
*Archpriest Anatole V. Lyovin, Retired Rector of the Holy Theotokos of Iveron Russian Orthodox Church.
*Deacon Michael Bressem, Cleric of the Holy Theotokos of Iveron Russian Orthodox Church.
*Ipodiakon Nectarios Yangson, Ikonophoros (Icon Guardian), Holy Theotokos of Iveron Russian Orthodox Church.
==References==
==External links==
*[http://www.iveron.org/hawaii Orthodox Christianity in the Hawaiian Islands]
*[http://www.ohiia.org The Orthodox Hawaiian Iveron Icon Association "OHIIA"]
*[http://groups.yahoo.com/group/orthodoxinhawaii/ A Yahoogroup dedicated to Orthodox Christianity in Hawaii]
*[http://www.orthodoxhawaii.org/book.html TWO HUNDRED YEARS ON THE ROAD: A History of the Orthodox Church in Hawaii] by Amir A. Khisamutdinov and Rev. Anatole V. Lyovin. The book chronicles the history of the Orthodox Christian Church in the Hawaiian Islands from the 1700s to the present day. Containing rare photos and historical articles not seen before.
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