KAILUA (KHNL) - All across Oahu, island residents were up early to observe the custom of a sun-rise Easter celebration. They gather at churches, parks, and the Kailua Community Church hit the beach for their service.
Hundreds came out to Kailua Beach on Oahu's east-side early this Easter morning. In the chill of dawn, they sang songs, listened to the words of Pastor Gordon Newman, and waited patiently for the sun to come up.
"You can't do this anywhere else in the world really on Easter Sunday, come to the beach enjoy the water enjoy the fellowship, enjoy the sun coming up over the horizon," said church-goer Connie Bache.
It's a chance to celebrate the death of their savior, the birth of a new day, and re-live the gospel account of what happened on the third day after Jesus was buried.
"The women came to the tomb, it was early morning it really helps get the congregation in the mood of remembering what Easter is all about," said pastor Gordon Newman.
Following the service, some enjoyed a salt-water baptism.
"In the beach it's great for Hawaii, just tradition. It felt great you know, to give myself to the lord, just awesome," said church-goer John Barrett-Ferreira.
They cheered, laughed, and applauded, as one ocean brought together those from different congregations.