Marianist HILAC- Presenters & Artists for March 15 – 16, 2019 Conference

Marianist HILAC (Hawaiian Islands Liturgy and Arts Conferences) is a revised version of its predecessor which was known as BILAC.  The program emphasizes the mutual enrichment of the indigenous Hawaiian/host culture and the traditions of Catholic Christianity.  To that end, local and mainland artists and presenters come together to form community as they present concerts, lectures and workshops about the liturgical arts and the history and culture of the Hawaiian Islands.  The 2019 HILAC program will feature both familiar and new faces from here and from the mainland.  Here are just a few of those faces who have already committed for 2019:

Featured Guest Artist

Ricky Manalo Paulist Father Ricky Manalo studied composition and piano at the Manhattan School of Music, theology at the Washington Theological Union, liturgy and culture at the Graduate Theological Union and sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He recently completed his doctorate in Liturgy and the Sociology of Religion. He has written numerous articles and books on pastoral ministry, music, liturgical inculturation, and intercultural communication.

Ricky’s music can be found in Catholic and Protestant hymnals alike. His best-known works include “Worthy Is the Lamb,” “In These Days of Lenten Journey” and “Beyond the Days” as well as his recently released Mass of Spirit and Grace. His compositions have been used in papal Masses celebrated by Pope Saint John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis. He has published two books: Chanting on Our Behalf, Revised Edition (OCP) and The Liturgy of Life (Liturgical Press). He recently collaborated with fellow composers on Our Common Home, a collection inspired by Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ encyclical, offering timely music touching on themes of care for creation, poverty and solidarity.

Ricky is recognized as a leading authority on intercultural liturgical issues and music. A frequent lecturer, presenter and workshop leader in cross-cultural settings, he specializes in offering highly practical applications and strategies.

Ricky Manalo is currently teaching at Santa Clara University and the Jesuit School of Theology (Berkeley, CA). When not traveling, he resides at Old St. Mary’s Cathedral in Chinatown, San Francisco.

Additional Artists and Presenters

joe-camacho Joe Camacho is a native Hawaiian, and has dedicated much of his life to helping promote and advocate for, his cultural homeland as a hula dancer, singer, composer and storyteller. Joe is the program coordinator for the well known Hawaiian Islands and Liturgy and Arts Conference held on the Hawaiian Islands each November, and has served as MMA’s dance coordinator since the beginning. Joe has liturgical compositions published with GIA, and as a singer, he can be heard on the recordings of David Haas, Marty Haugen, Lori True, and many others. Joe brings a unique blend of love and care for the people of God with his tremendous spirituality and experience to MMA – and we are the  better for it.paulette-ching

Paulette Ching comes from the Big Island where she has served as lector in parish settings. She is an experienced and prize winning singer who has cantored widely with some of the most famous composers of liturgical music.



Fr. Alapaki Kim – “Fr. Paki” is a priest from the Diocese of Honolulu, and a nationally recognized expert in Hawaiian history and culture.  He is pastor of St. Rita’s Church in Nanakuli, and has been working on a national level to develop an official Hawaiian translation of the Order of the Mass.  He serves as the Chaplain for Marianist HILAC.

yoo-soo-pro-photoSr. Yoo Soo Kim, MM is a native of South Korea where she reeived her degree in Fine Arts from Chosun University.  A Maryknoll Sister since 1982, she has conducted workshops in art as well as sacred dance throughout the United States and Korea.  She has had solo art exhibitions in Honolulu, New York, Washington D.C. and Korea.  She has also danced at Peace Prayer Services at the United Nations.

In November, 1991, women leaders from South Korea, North Korea and Japan planned together the Seminar on Peace in Asia and Women’s Role, hosted by Korean Women’s Associations United. It was the first south-north women’s meeting since the division in 1945. Sister Yoo Soo represented the Maryknoll Sisters at this meeting and said, “We people of Asia have to live and get along well together, otherwise peace will never come.”

Maelia Maelia Loebenstein-Carter, a former Miss Aloha Hula at the Merrie Monarch Festival, is currently the Kumu Hula for Ka Pa Hula O Kauanoe O Wa’ahila.   Growing up under the tutelage of her famous grandmother, Kumu Hula Mae Ulalia Long Loebensteing, she literally ate, slept and breathed hula.  “The disciplines, values and ethics we teach and learn in halau hula are things that our haumana (students are able to use in everyday life,” Maelia says.  “Hula must come from the na’au (gut) and radiate outward.  It was my grandmother’s firm belief that ‘dance is the showcase of your soul!’…and so, we dance!”


MeBro. Dennis Schmitz, S.M. – Dennis is a Marianist Brother who has experience as a high school campus minister, foreign missionary and now a spiritual event planner.  He serves on the HILAC Coordinating Team as the Head of Temporalities.




Lori True – Once again serves on the HILAC Co-ordinating Team as the person responsible for our prayer services and liturgies. Active as a workshop presenter, concert performer, master cantor, and recording artist, she is a published composer of liturgical music with GIA Publications, and has authored articles on the topics of liturgy, music, cantoring, and liturgical preparation and planning. A mother of two, Lori formerly served as a parish music and liturgy director at various parishes and communities in New Hampshire and Minnesota, and has also served as an author and consultant to many parishes and faith communities, as well as being a faculty member for the annual Knockadoon Folk Liturgy Course in Knockadoon, Ireland.