The Kona Branch was chartered in 1971, joining the Hilo Branch to serve the women of the Big Island. Growing from less than a dozen, our membership currently approaches 80! Most of Kona’s members are retired, but several remain active in their careers. We have many members who are “snowbirds”, spending only the winter months in Hawai’i. Our common bond is our mission: to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, research, and philanthropy. We particularly focus on education, providing annual scholarships to high school graduates and monthly story times to pre-schoolers. The biggest event each year is GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) which is a full-day, hands-on educational opportunity for 5th grade girls provided by women who use these skills in their occupations. For more information, see the GEMS drop-down menu.
We are an active group of intelligent women with boundless energy and a passion for service. We believe in equality and life-long learning. We enjoy each others’ company whether in work or play. Our motto is “Fun – with a purpose!” Come join us.
For more information, contact Linda Arlington (President).
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, all events for Spring 2020 were cancelled. Meetings will be held via ZOOM. Our scholarship reception will also be held through technology on June 2nd. And we will conduct new officer installations during a virtual First Friday (happy hour) on June 5th at 5 PM.
KONA HOSTED THE STATE CONVENTION on APRIL 27-29, 2017. Below: a group photo, AAUW CEO Kimberly Churches, Dr. Jennifer Stotter from UH Hilo, Leslie Wilkins from Maui Economic Development Board with intern Manda Tong.