Meet AAUW Honolulu’s Student Interns!

Did you know AAUW Honolulu sponsors student interns at the University of Hawaii? They come from diverse backgrounds and bring their personal experiences with them.

AAUW Honolulu’s interns promote the group’s activities, plan new events on the UH-Manoa campus, perform outreach to students regarding scholarships and assist other UH campuses interested in AAUW’s activities. This year two students are splitting the 20 hours per week as AAUW Honolulu interns.

The University of Hawaii’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement has also hired a junior intern to assist, with the hope she will continue the ongoing work of the program, after the current interns graduate.

Bernadette Rose Mahiehie Kanoelani Garrett, intern
Aloha, O Bernadette Rose Mahiehie Kanoelani Garrett koʻu inoa. No Waimānalo, Oʻahu mai au. I am a Political Science major with an interest in Peace Studies (PACE). I am a proud Kanaka Māoli and believe in the empowerment of all including indigenous and aboriginal women.




Autumn-Raine Hesia, intern
Aloha nō! ʻO Autumn-Raine Hesia koʻu inoa. I am originally from the island of Maui, but moved to Las Vegas, Nevada at the age of 8 and lived there for 10 years. I am a recent graduate of Windward Community College with my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and Hawaiian Studies, with a certificate in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. I am currently a Junior majoring in Ethnic Studies while pursuing a Masters in Education Administration. I am a lover of all things travel, culture, food, and learning about different cultures around the world. I have a passion for perpetuating my Hawaiian culture through hula, activism, and education alongside representing my Puerto Rican ethnicity with pride.

Ronja Steinbach, junior intern
Greetings! My name is Ronja Steinbach and I am currently a freshman at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I was born and raised in a bicultural household in New Mexico, after my parents moved to the United States from Germany. Even though I was landlocked for most of my life, I always dreamed of studying marine biology, something that I am very excited to pursue here in Hawaii. I look forward not only to being surrounded by the incredible and beautiful resource that is the ocean, but also by the different cultures and people that live here. Fostering a proactive and healthy community has been one of my greatest goals and has shaped many of the decisions I have made, including my desire to be a scientist. It has also been the reason for my social activism, especially throughout my time in high school, because in the end, we are all connected by our humanity and the planet that we call home.

Students interested in applying go through an application process through UH-Manoa’s Student Employment Program. All applicants are reviewed by Atina Pascua, Director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement.