Tradewinds

See that you love one another with a pure heart fervently.

Our Mission

To testify and edify,

To restore and heal our fragile beginings,

To remind ourselves where we came from,

To give us strenght, knowing that we still care,

To record and leave our history to future generations,

To give glory to our Father, Son and the Holy Spirit that brought us all together in His name, forever and ever, amen.

 

Our History

Ministry started in 1971when Ken Smith and Brent Brody, both members of Lighthouse Ranch Ministry in Eureka, California, met up in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and began to share, preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the transient youth in the streets, parks and beaches of the Big Island. Fellowship was very vibrant in constant flux and continued to grow. Hundreds of people came to know Christ as their Savior and were baptized with the Holy Spirit. People dedicated their lives to Christ and together they shared all they had in communal houses with names like; House of Praise, House of Glory, House of Shalom, Hallelujah House, The Lighthouse, House of Joy, Psalm 29, Psalm 24, John 3:16, The Branch, Mansion, Pililani House and Lamaokaola House, True Vine Farm and Pilgrims Inn, Tradewinds Complex and many more.

The fellowship opened a co-op health food store  called Manna Trading Company, had it’s own newspaper publication Acts 29, ran a Bible bookstore and tape library. True Vine Farm produced lots of fruits and vegetables and cared for chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats and one pig. Many brothers went out and caught lots of fish and others would go out on fruit runs, bringing in papayas, mangoes, bananas and passion fruit, bread fruit, pineapples, avocados, guavas and more of what the tropics had to offer.

Fellowship was incorporated with 501c3 non-profit status in 1973. Up around 1975 the fellowship began to fragment and remaining members continued with Ken Smith and purchased Tradewinds Market Place with 22 apartments like housing complex. Converted the old Disco-bar into a Chapel and opened up a restaurant with a Juice Bar. At this point, fellowship was named Church of the Pacific and retained Pilgrims Inn and True Vine Farm as part of the new venture. Many more came to know the Lord as the church struggled under the financial burden of the Tradewinds complex. Ken needed help to carry out the daily affairs and appointed new leadership to help with pastorship and finances. This new leadership eventually caused Ken Smith to resign under duress and shortly afterwards, in 1979-80, Fellowship of Christian Pilgrims aka. Church of the Pacific was dissolved by new presiding elder to his own benefit. The remaining and clueless remnant spread out into various churches around and some have never joined another church again.

Note: This Tradewinds web site was created in efforts to reunite in spirit and thought those that kept their faith in Christ and are wondering what became of our undeniable and eternal friendship.

1 Peter 2:5...you also, as living stones, are being built up as spiritual house for a holy priesthood…acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.