Priests and those in the consecrated life, like any person, share interests — interests such as running or playing sports. Training is a time to reflect and to pray. It’s important that we include prayer into our undertakings. Runners/walkers know that in the course of their respective races they'll experience great challenges. But the sense of accomplishment and mission to overcome these challenges makes it worthwhile to them. Each runner/walker will say "I do not run aimlessly" (1 Corinthians 9:26).

Bishop Larry Silva of Honolulu has supported these initiatives in line with the Catholic Church celebration of the Jubilee Year of St. Paul. This will be a positive statement of the Diocesan Vocations Office to bring awareness to people that we as a Catholic community are determined to make a difference, and we as a Church are expressing a need for vocations.

Whether one chooses to run the entire marathon course of 26.2 miles, to run a shorter course, or to walk, discipline is required to prepare and complete the course. The discipline of proper training and finishing each marathon (according to the means and distance for which you have registered), will teach Catholic Youth and other participants that they can have endurance throughout their lives and they can accomplish great things. At each marathon, they offer their sacrifice to run/walk “extra miles” for vocations. The mission is always to finish the race for which one has registered. As St. Paul says in 2 Timothy 4:7, "I have finished the race; I have kept the faith."

2010 Akua Run series begins at the Honolulu Marathon, Dec. 13

Following the 2009 successful campaigns for vocations through various marathons in the islands of Hawaii, the Diocesan Vocations Office will continue to raise awareness and to strengthen the culture of vocations to the ordained ministry and consecrated life in the Diocese of Honolulu, Hawaii. Kindly check on the latest participation form for 2010 activities.

The Office of Vocations will begin its “Akua Run/Walk for Vocations” 2010 series on Sunday, December 13, 2009 during the Honolulu Marathon. We encourage again participants (priests, sisters, lay people and seminarians) to pledge to pray and make an extra mile for vocations.

Considered as the 8th largest marathon in the world and brought in over $100 million into Hawaii’s economy in 2008, the 26-mile Honolulu Marathon's scenic course includes spectacular ocean views alongside world‐famous Waikiki Beach, and Diamond Head and Koko Head volcanic craters. The marathon starts at 5am at Ala Moana Boulevard/Queen Street Extension and Finish at Kapiolani Park. For more details, visit www.honolulumarathon.org.

The Kauai Marathon 2009 (Sept 6)

On September 6, 2009, the Kaua'i Marathon and Half Marathon begin in Poipu and run the first 11 miles together. The courses follow the contour of the scenic coastline, offering magnificent views of the island's picturesque beaches, rugged volcanic peaks, and green tropical rain forests. As dawn breaks, runners will experience lush green vistas as they approach the shade of the century old Tunnel of Trees. The course then winds through misty Omao where the half marathon enters Kukui’ula Resort offering spectacular ocean views for the last few miles. The full marathon heads out to Lawai before climbing to reveal stunning ocean views at the top of Kalaheo. The remaining miles are a gradual descent until runners receive a rousing island welcome upon their return to Poipu Beach. Visit www.thekauaimarathon.com for registration and more information.

AKUA in Kailua-Kona, June 28

Other Run/Walk.. This time in Kailua-Kona

Join us in Kailua-Kona for the another "AKUA Run/Walk for Vocations" campaign on June 28, 2009 during the Kona Marathon. Contribute to our spiritual bucket with more pledges. Let us pray for more vocations. For more information, please contact the Vocations Office.
The marathon offers all four of the traditional road racing distances to choose from: Marathon, (26.2 miles), 1/2 Marathon, (13.1 miles), 10 Kilometer, and 5 Kilometer. Start at 5:30am at the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort just south of Kailua‐Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. The course follows the run portion of the 'Ironman Triathlon'. Visit www.konamarathon.com for more info.

AKUA Run/Walk in Facebook

We have moved some pictures of AKUA Run/Walk-related events to our facebook account. Look for AKUA Run/Walk for Vocations, Diocese of Honolulu, Hawaii.