Welcome to the AAUW Honolulu (HI) Branch

How We’re Dealing with COVID-19

Dear AAUW Honolulu members, supporters, scholarship recipients, and grant awardees,

The COVID-19 situation changes daily. However, we are committed to our core missions of closing the gender pay gap, improving women’s professional and educational opportunities and advocating for women in leadership.

Coronavirus has touched on many of the policies we have worked to advance — sick leave, paid family leave, economic security, and women and children’s health.

We’re informing you of how we’re adapting to continue our core missions and that we remain dedicated to working with the women in Hawaii through our programs.

For the present, we would like to share with you what we are doing to address COVID-19.

Board and Team Meetings

Our board meetings and team meetings have been moved entirely online.

Grants and Scholarships

Our scholarships and grants are fully funded. All graduate and undergraduate academic applications are being processed and remain on track. Our undergraduate scholarship interviews will be conducted virtually and we will make our decision by the end of July. (Graduate scholarships do not require an interview.)

We will continue to take applications for the Tweet Coleman Aviation Scholarships. There is no disruption in our processing of Career and Leadership Development Grant applications that were submitted by March 22. All applicants will be contacted on April 15.

AAUW’s leadership conference, NCCWSL, has been postponed to next year. If you’ve applied for a NCCWSL scholarship, please resubmit your applications when we are taking them in 2021 if you qualify.

Our upcoming Career and Leadership Development Grant (deadline Sept. 15) and our upcoming graduate and undergraduate scholarships later this year will see no foreseeable disruptions.


We have cancelled our upcoming April Talk Story Tuesday/Unhappy Hour event, as well April’s Book Discussion Group. We are also reevaluating the curriculum of Wahine Working Smart to reflect the new, post-COVID-19 economic reality.

May’s Talk Story Tuesday will be moved to an online format. We are also working to move our other events online as well.

Wahine Working Smart, originally scheduled for May, will be rescheduled for the fall. May 9th. AAUW continues to offer Work Smart online.

AAUW Honolulu hopes you, your family and friends stay safe. We are all in this together.

For more information about COVID-19, please refer to the state Department of Health’s website.

In good health,

AAUW Honolulu

Want to Fly? Find Out About the Tweet Coleman Aviation Scholarship!

Women pilots are underrepresented in aviation. If you’re a woman taking flight instruction to become a commercial pilot, apply for a Tweet Coleman Aviation Scholarship!

The Tweet Coleman Aviation Scholarship helps women seeking FAA certification for a pilot’s license.

Applications will be taken to May 1, 2020.

Tweet Coleman is a trailblazer in aviation, making history as part of the first all-female flight crew to fly a Boeing 727. She’s written an autobiography about her career in aviation, Take Your Life Off Autopilot: Live with Purpose, Passion, and Power, and is now a senior representative for the Federal Aviation Administration.

AAUW Honolulu is honored to have Tweet as a member, and she’s graciously endowed us with the Tweet Coleman Aviation Scholarship, offered yearly, for women seeking to earn a FAA Pilot Certificate.

Click here for more information and to apply!

Know a High School Girl Who’s a Future Community Leader? Tell Her About Girls Talk Back!

We’ve partnered with The Women’s Fund of Hawaii and Ceeds of Peace for our second year of Girls Talk Back.

We connect high school girls, 14 to 18, with community mentors who help them shape action plans to benefit the community. Past plans include collecting the oral histories of Waimanalo residents, the creation of well-being advisory councils for students and fostering an open dialogue about abortion.

Girls Talk Back Summer 2020 is a free program and will take place during two separate cohorts, June 8 to July 2 and July 6 to July 30.

Due to COVID-19, this program will be held remotely, but it will also be opened to girls statewide.

Applications are due on April 30.

Click here for more information and to apply!

Get Your Family and Friends Work Smart — Online!

You know that women are paid less in the workplace — but did you know AAUW’s Work Smart program, which teaches women to negotiate for higher salaries, is available online?

To end the gender wage gap, AAUW is encouraging its members to share Work Smart Online with 20 of their friends and family. Or even better, gather them together and have them bring their laptops so you can take the course together! Then encourage them to share Work Smart Online with 20 of their family and friends.

AAUW wants to train 10 million women in salary negotiation by 2022. Let’s make it happen!

Click here to start your Work Smart seminar!


AAUW’s Start Smart and Work Smart programs are designed to empower women with the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate their salary and benefits packages. By learning strategies and practicing effective language, participants gain valuable skills they can use throughout their lives — well beyond their next negotiation.

Click here to contact the AAUW Honolulu Start Smart coordinator for more information about how you can participate in the program locally!

Click here to learn more about the Start Smart program and how to participate as a facilitator, ambassador, campus or participant.