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 Engagement, Leadership, Scholarship or STEM 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 provide scholarships for female college students to attend NCCWSL, AAUW’s leadership conference held in Maryland.


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.

College-aged women also enter the workforce facing the gender pay gap, earning just 80 cents of the dollar of a male makes. Start Smart prepares college women who are approaching the job market with the confidence, knowledge, and skills they need to negotiate salaries and benefits.