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Founded in 1970, Waikiki Beach Chaplaincy has been under the guidance of Pastor Alex McAngus since 1988. Where the congregation once sat on beach mats under the palm trees at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, today, the location has moved to the Diamond border of the complex where chairs and tents are set up for convenience.

When asked about its mission, McAngus replies, “The Chaplaincy’s mission remains unchanged; to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the temporal and secular setting where Jesus’ commission is to go and make disciples and teach them the Good News.” Although generations of people have come and gone, he says the services have remained true to the Gospel, which “is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.”

If you’d like to attend a service, Waikiki Beach Chaplaincy offers Church on the Beach at 10:00 a.m. and 5 p.m. every Sunday, as well as Immanuel’s Table at 8 a.m. and Immanuel’s Fellowship at noon every Wednesday.

How is the Chaplaincy unique? “The Chaplaincy is a church without walls, and a church that is inside out—openly vulnerable and transparent,” answers McAngus. “It’s real, unique and inspiring!” Services are open to everyone—“Simply come as you are—warts and all!”