State News

New Board Officers for the AAUW Hawaii Chapter in 2021


Joanna Amberger, Board President                             Caroline Kunitake, Board Secretary


Hope Bennett, Honolulu Branch President              Pat Gotschalk, Maui Branch President

Social Change Ambassadors

Congratulations to the following twelve changemakers from Hawaii!  They were awarded by AAUW of Hawaii and AAUW Honolulu to get certified as a Social Change Ambassador and be the change they want to see in the workplace.

JesusaJesica Leano Au

Sabra Della-Lucia

Jennifer Dotson

Sharon Heitzenroder

Autumn Raine Hesia

Susannah Lee Kandikatti

Samatha Larson

Atalina Pasi

Laura Viana

Trisha Kehaulani Watson

Joyce Yamada

Vera Zambonelli

Learn more about the Social Change Ambassador Certification program.   

Op-Eds from AAUW Members

Freed, Ann. “How Has Title IX Held Up in Hawaii 50 Years On?” Honolulu Civil Beat, 18 January 2022, .

Tobias, Beverly. “Letter for Sunday, January 16, 2022 We must advocate for older adults.” The Garden Island, 16 January, 2022,

Scavuzzo, Rosemary. “Column: Women need paid leave, child care help.” Honolulu Star Advertiser, 31 October, 2021, Click link to access article

Freed, Ann and Juanita Mahienaena Brown Kawamoto. “Column: Women led way in Kingdom of Hawaii.” Honolulu Star Advertiser, 22 August, 2021, Click link to download article

Steinbach, Ronja. “Improve campus sex-assault policies.” Honolulu Star Advertiser, 06 June 2021, p. E03. Click link to download article HonoluluStarAdvertiser_20210606_E03_0 (1).

Ma, Sandy and Younghee Overly. “Remote Testimony Worked Well This Session. Now Let’s Make It Even Better.” Honolulu Civil Beat, 17 May 2021,

Kunitake, Caroline. “Get Involved With A Public Board Or Commission. They Need You.” Honolulu Civil Beat, 04 April 2021,

Buckovetz, Katherine. “Column: The Paycheck Fairness Act must be passed.” Honolulu Star Advertiser, 21 March 2021, p. 0. Click link to download article PFA Op-Ed Kathy Buckovertz 3.21.21.

2021 Legislative Session Highlights

The 2021 legislative session closed with Hawaii Women’s Coalition bills becoming law. Not all of the bills are listed below. Here are the three bills in which Hawaii leads the nation.