Who We Are

Founded in 1881, AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

AAUW Honolulu was founded in 1905 as the College Club. Created to promote “the higher ideals of education among women” it became an official branch of the American Association of University Women in 1922.

Since its founding, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day – educational, social, economic, and political. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in all aspects of our work.

If you’re not a member, we invite you to join us. If you have time, please consider volunteering for our EngagementScholarship or Girls Talk Back teams.

Scholarships and Grants

We have a long history of local scholarship giving to support undergraduate and graduate education for women in Hawaii. These scholarships and grants include our academic scholarships for undergraduate and graduate women in Hawaii and the Tweet Coleman Aviation Scholarship for women seeking careers as aviators. We also offer career development grants (up to $4000 for each grant) to working women seeking to improve their career and to a graduate student or early career academic looking to share their research with colleagues at conferences.


Every second Tuesday, we invite our members and partner organizations to join us for Talk Story Tuesday. We discuss issues that relate to equality, women’s rights, LGBTQ issues or current topics. It’s a chance for members to interact and network with groups who have a common cause and interests.

For women who are working, Work Smart teaches skills in negotiating for fair pay, raises and promotions. Women who negotiate increase their potential to earn higher salaries and better benefits packages. By negotiating fair and equitable salaries, you’ll be better able to pay off loans, buy the things you want and need, and even save for retirement.