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).
Planning Retreat 2019
AAUW-Kona has made Planning Retreats an annual event. All members are invited to express their opinions and share their ideas, We review the previous year and plan the calendar for the next. It is exciting to see how this simple activity has focused our attention to mission-based events and speakers.
Rough Draft of 2019-2020 Calendar – details to follow
September: Hawaii County Committee on the Status of Women, speaker Dr. Mihaela
October: Ironman Finish Line fundraiser
November: The Women of NELHA – careers in science panel
December: GEMS – Girls Exploring Math and Science on Dec. 10
January: Bi-Branch Luncheon – We will host at Kona Vista Pavilion
February: TBA mentoring topic
March: Equal Pay Day at Gertrude’s
May: Annual Meeting and Lunch at Peace Garden or Place of Refuge
June: Scholarship Reception and Installation Dinner
HOLIDAY PARTY RETURNS TO ROYAL KONA RESORT– in DECEMBER TBA
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.