Half the Rainbow was the theme for AAUW-Hawaii’s state convention held April 25-27th in Honolulu. Hosts Windward Oahu planned a wonderful gathering which was attended by 56 members representing all seven branches. On Saturday, Dr. Susan Wurtzburg spoke about domestic violence; AAUW Director Charmen Goehring provided a report from national about research and advocacy; Leadership Chair Janet Morse led a session directed at avoiding leadership burn-out; and the day ended with a Pau Hana (Happy Hour) at the Mai Tai Bar.
On Sunday, Dr. Nancie Caraway, First Lady of Hawaii, spoke about human trafficking at the Installation Brunch. Joanna Amberger was thanked for her 2 years as co-president, and Jamie Pardau was installed as president for 2014-2016.
Many thanks to Gretchen Gould, Convention Chair, and Sherry Butler, Windward Oahu president. And a special thanks to Jacquie Maly, Hospitality Chair, who led the proceedings with humor and efficiency! She even had a challenging project for the women to work on at the final session. It was a week-end of inspiration, education, and fun with old and new friends.