FAQs: 17th NAFAUM Convocation & Young Leaders Summit

The NAFAUM officers and organizers of the Convocation are excited to welcome you to the NAFAUM Convocation and Young Leaders Summit next week. Here’s a list of answers to questions you probably have. 

Can I still register after the regular registration deadline (July 21st)? 

Yes. You can still register in-person and receive your ID at Christ UMC. However, the NAFAUM requires everyone to either pay for meal ticket(s) in advance, or take care of their own meals during the event.

Will the NAFAUM 17th Convocation be open to everyone?

Yes. The event will be open to everyone, especially during praise and worship services, plenary sessions, TED Talks, and workshops. However, the NAFAUM still requires everyone to register in-person and receive their IDs at Christ UMC.

How can I get from the airport to the venue and hotel? 

You may ride a taxi or use ridesharing apps such as HoloHolo, Lyft, or Uber. Our venue is Christ United Methodist Church (1639 Ke’eaumoku St. Honolulu, HI 96822), and our hotel is Pagoda Hotel (1525 Rycroft St. Honolulu, HI 96814).

How can I get to and from the hotel and venue?

The NAFAUM will provide a complimentary shuttle during the event: one in the morning at around 8:30 a.m., and one in the evening at around 9:30 p.m.

If I’m a youth or young adult participant, what should I expect from the NAFAUM Young Leaders Summit? 

The FAQ and other files created by Kristina De Jesus (Overall Coordinator) can be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/11BcNDdift5mqicP_iGhdHgMoOuj2OdRf?usp=sharing 

Who is our contact person at the venue?

Rev. Emy Cruz (pastor of Aldersgate UMC): +18083515407

What should I wear? 

Please wear business casual during the event. On August 2nd (Day 1), please wear a Hawaiian shirt or dress for Hawaiian Luau Night. On August 4th (Day 3), please wear traditional Filipino clothing for Young Leaders Night.

Will the NAFAUM 17th Convocation be streamed online? 

Yes. Most of the activities during the event will be livestreamed via NAFAUM’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NAFAUM/) and UMCTV’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@UnitedMediaChannelTV

Will there be any special offerings during the NAFAUM 17th Convocation? 

Yes. There will be special offerings during all praise and worship services. All proceeds will go to our retired pastors and deaconesses of the Philippines Central Conference.

Can I speak and vote during plenary sessions? 

Yes. When you submit the registration form and pay the registration fee, you automatically become a NAFAUM member. Your NAFAUM membership dues for 2023-2024 are included in the registration fee.

What’s on the menu?

On August 2nd (Day 1), we will have a Hawaiian buffet with Pinoy-style lechon for dinner. On August 3rd (Day 2), we will have Japanese-Korean bento boxes for lunch, and a Korean buffet for dinner. On August 4th (Day 3), we will have Korean bento boxes for lunch, and a Filipino buffet with mini halo-halo catering service for dinner. And on August 5th (Day 4), we will have Japanese bento boxes for lunch. 

Where can I get water?

Christ UMC has filtered water: two water purifiers in the social hall, and two water fountains in front of the 1st and 2nd floor bathrooms. All participants will receive complimentary water bottles, thanks to the generosity of the United Methodist Communications.

Can I receive CEU units for attending the NAFAUM 17th Convocation? 

Yes! The Claremont School of Theology may grant CEU units to those who attend the event. However, a $100 fee per unit must be paid by the individual.

Which local churches can I attend on August 6th? 

The Hawaii Host Committee will provide a list of United Methodist churches in the area for you to attend. One of them is Aldersgate UMC (in the heart of Honolulu), who are inviting us to attend their church service and have lunch with them.