Bishop Mourns Canon Chun

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The Rt. Rev. Robert L. Fitzpatrick, Bishop of Hawaii, writes in honor of the Rev. Canon Malcolm Nāea Chun, who died Jan. 20 at age 64:

On Pentecost Sunday (May 20, 2018), I installed Malcolm as an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral of St. Andrew filling “The Right Reverend Edwin Lani Hanchett” Chair. This Chair was named in honor of the first Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai‘i and the first person of Native Hawaiian ancestry to be called to the episcopacy in the Church. The person filling the Hanchett canonship must have faithfully served the Diocese of Hawaiʻi and the broader community, giving special care to Native Hawaiians. It had been previously held by the Reverend Canon Darrow Kanakanui Aiona from May 11, 2008, until his death on December 20, 2012.

Canon Moki Hino read the following citation before the formal installation:

The Reverend Malcolm Nāea Chun was born on July 26, 1954, in Honolulu. He was baptized on July 26, 1954, in St. Alban’s Chapel, ʻIolani School, Honolulu, and confirmed in the same chapel on May 18, 1967. Malcolm was ordained to the transitional Diaconate on October 28, 2011, by Bishop Fitzpatrick here in the Cathedral of St. Andrew, and to the Priesthood, again by Bishop Fitzpatrick, here on June 10, 2012.

Malcolm has had a rich and productive career and ministry. As a scholar, he is a graduate of ʻIolani School, and of the University of Hawaiʻi with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. His studies have taken him to St. John’s Theological College, Auckland, New Zealand; and the Vancouver School of Theology in Canada. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Indigenous Studies by Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, Whakatane, Aotearoa (New Zealand), in May 2012. …

I counted Malcolm as a friend and a teacher. His service to the Cathedral, to the Diocese, to the Church, and to me will be warmly remembered.


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