Thousands Attending 2004 Harvest Hawaii Crusade

( [email protected] ) Jun 26, 2004 06:16 PM EDT

After hosting a capacity crowd at a one-night event in Honolulu last summer, Harvest with Greg Laurie made its return to the Hawaiian Islands Thursday, June 24, holding an extended Harvest Hawaii crusade at the Waikiki Shell.

Harvest Hawaii, which began Thursday and runs until Sunday, June 27, has seen thousands gather in attendance and hundreds making their decisions for Christ. On Thursday over 3,200 attended the event, and over 3,800 attended Friday.

Thursday's festivities included performances by Christian music artists such as the Katinas, Crystal Lewis, and Dennis Agajanian, as well as performances by local groups. Speakers included Hawaii-native Francis Kamahele, Lt. Gov. Duke Aioni, and Greg Laurie, who delivered an evening message on "How to be Happy." The second day of Harvest Hawaii also saw performances by Doyle Dykes, and a message given by Laurie on "Immortality," and a message from Raul Ries, pastor of Calvary Chapel Golden Springs.

Today marks the beginning of Summerfest, the youth portion of Harvest Hawaii, to be held at Kapiolani Park. Hawaii Summerfest will feature music from local Christian bands, as well as The Katinas, 7 Simple Pieces, and Kutless. In addition, there will be a Half Pipe with Vert Skate and BMX Show, a Sports Zone, and a Kids Zone. Laurie will also be delivering a message later in the evening.

Over 60 churches from Oahu are hosting the 2004 Harvest Hawaii Crusade, the seventh Hawaii Crusade since 1991. Each evening's events are currently being broadcasted live through the Harvest website (