In 1985, Kahu (Pastor) John and Violet Makukane helped to develop a minister-training program toward licensing and ordination sponsored by the Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches and the Hawaii Island Association, of the Hawaii Conference United Church of Christ. The program produced graduates that consistently went on to pastor Hawaiian congregations until Kahu John’s death in 2006. Built on the foundation of Kahu John’s legacy of educating laity for Christian ministry, the John P.C. Makuakane Institute for Christian Leadership was founded to equip the native Hawaiian population on the island of Hawaii through a certificate program in Christian ministry. The Institute currently serves eight students with courses at rotating sites between Hilo and Kona on the Big Island. Teachers have been Dr. Randall Furushima, Gary Lau, Emy Alvarez, Dr. Mike Palompo, and Esther Thang. The Makuakane Institute is a partner in the Native Ministries Consortium of Vancouver School of Theology in Canada.