Aloha! Welcome to the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Hawaii

Welcome to the website of AAUW-Hawaii.   We are a state-wide organization made up of six branches: Kauai, Maui, Kona, Hilo, Honolulu, and Windward Oahu. We have over 1,800 members and supporters throughout the state. Though we are located on different islands, we endeavor to stay connected.  Our board meetings take place through conference calls or on-line, and we have a state-wide convention every other year.

Having followed the lead of national, we adopted the One Member, One Vote form of governance in 2012, eliminating the need for delegates.  All members are encouraged to attend  annual meetings and conventions to share with and learn from attendees from other branches.

For more than 140 years, AAUW has funded the education of countless women so they could follow their dreams.  From astrophysicists to zoologists, the recipients of AAUW’s scholarships and grants represent nearly every imaginable field of endeavor.  AAUW of Hawaii branches continue that mandate.  Find out more about how you can apply for the local scholarships and grants.  Learn more about the recipients of 2021-2022 academic scholarships and 2021 career development grants.

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These numbers show how much women of different races/ethnicities make on average for every dollar a white man makes – both in Hawai‘i and nationally. Source: National Women’s Law Center, based in the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015-2019 American Community Survey 5-year estimates. Graphic from Hawaii Business Magazine https://www.hawaiibusiness.com/gender-pay-gap-hawaii-women-men-by-industry/.

Advocacy is one of AAUW of Hawaii’s top priorities and the Public Policy Committee collaborates with Hawaii state legislators and community advocates to improve Hawaii state laws to better the lives of women and girls in Hawaii. We are currently working on Title IX, equal pay, ending workplace sexual harassment, and gender equity on boards. We support members of Hawaii Working Family Coalition on raising minimum wage, paid family leave, affordable childcare, and supporting kupuna caregivers.  We also support members of Hawaii Women’s Coalition on strengthening abortion care, expanding postpartum care, and ending domestic violence and sexual assaults. Learn more and contact the public policy chair, Younghee Overly (publicpolicy-hi@aauw.net) to be added to the AAUW of Hawaii Public Policy Network. Be sure to check out our Advocacy webpage to find out the latest news.

Theme of 2022 annual meeting was “Strengthening and Expanding the Reproductive Freedom. View 2022 Annual Membership Meeting Notes

Register by July 31st for the state convention. It will be held September 30 – October 2 at Kilauea Military Camp in National Volcano Park and we will explore “Climate Change and its Impact on Women