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Tweet Coleman Aviation Scholarship Profile: Nobi Buntin

A member of AAUW Honolulu since 2018, Nobi Buntin worked on the AAUW Scholarship Interview Committee to interview candidates for our 2019 academic scholarships. Tweet Coleman, namesake of the aviation scholarship,  appointed Nobi to serve on the 2020 Aviation Scholarship Committee.

She is also chair-elect of the Aloha Ninety-Nines Ninety-Nines. Nobi credits her inspiration to get involved in the aviation community in Hawaii with attending a Talk Story Tuesday event in July 2018. She said, “Learning how Tweet Coleman has been a trailblazer for women pilots over the years was incredibly inspirational.”

Nobi is currently in Las Vegas for flight raining. The comment she sent with the photo was “I completed my initial Commercial Multi-Engine checkride two hours ago! My next goal is to obtain a Commercial Single-Engine Add-on!”

She added, “I am now navigating my way towards becoming a Medical Evacuation Pilot. According to my flight plan, the ETA towards meeting the Medical Evacuation First Officer requirements is three years from now. Since earning my Instrument Rating, I am working full throttle to acquire my Commercial Multi-Engine Pilot Certificate, my MEI and CFI licenses.
With an unprecedented demand for MEI and AMEL pilots in Hawaii, I intend to specialize in instructing ME students. I am currently volunteering at a local flight school and they have formally offered me a teaching position once I have I obtained an MEI. Since teaching comes second nature and is extremely rewarding, I am eager to utilize my previous bilingual teaching experience to flight instruct the local and international community. This approach will serve as a jet bridge to build hours while I navigate my way towards my ultimate dream of becoming a professional Medical Evacuation Pilot.”

Tweet Coleman Aviation Scholarship Profile: Leslie Caubble

Leslie Caubble and her husband host the Fly Maui aviation podcast where they promote general aviation and share inspiring pilot interviews.

She is active in the Aloha Chapter of the 99s and a volunteer with Girl Scout STEM events, and aviation days on Maui. Through the 99s and the Fly Maui podcast, she hopes to motivate other girls and women to follow their dreams and learn how to take the steps to reach their aviation goals.

Tweet Coleman Aviation Scholarship Profile: Elizabeth L’Heureux

Not only is Elizabeth L’Heureux passionate about flying, she’s also a philosophy major and a nationally certified massage therapist.

She’s served as the Aloha Ninety-Nines vice-chair and is a charter member of the Ninety-Nines Maui chapter In her spare time, she spreads the word about flying at STEM days, Girl Scout Days, fly-ins, scholarship application reviews, writing recommendation letters and mentoring — and she’s also founded an Aviation Lending Library on Maui.

“I have a dream, a goal, a plan and the tenacity to become a Certified Flight Instructor,” Elizabeth said. “I earned my Airplane Single-Engine Land Pilot Certificate on November 11, 2016 and my Airplane Instrument rating on March 21, 2019. I will be a commercially-rated pilot within a few months! My five-year plan is to obtain a glider rating, seaplane rating, complete my tailwheel endorsement and become a CFII. My long-term dream is to be a Hawaii-based pilot, while offering instruction, guidance, mentoring to aviation enthusiasts and pursuing my professional aviation career.”

Book Discussion Group (October 2019)

Enjoy pupus by the water and engage in dynamic conversation about The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore! (Please note that the author will not be at the event.)

The Radium Girls is a history of women who worked with and around radium, a radioactive substance before its health risks were understood.

The incredible true story of the women who fought America’s radium danger: Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives…”

The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.

Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” are the luckiest alive — until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.

But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women’s cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America’s early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights that will echo for centuries to come.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

WHERE: Waikiki Yacht Club (1599 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814), ask for Mary Ann Eichorn when checking in

Pupus hosted by AAUW Honolulu
No host cocktails (bring cash for drink purchases)

Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Hawaii must protect access to full reproductive health care — July 8, 2019

AAUW Honolulu Career and Leadership Development Grant recipient Amber Granite and Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii state director Laurie Field penned this op-ed about a woman’s right to choose in Hawaii and what more needs to be done — especially given the current political climate.

Read it here or if you aren’t a subscriber to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, read it below.


Column: Hawaii must protect access to full reproductive health care
By Amber Granite and Laurie Field

July 8, 2019

Given the all-out attacks on reproductive health care by the federal government and states across the country, the words, “lucky we live Hawaii,” have never been more true.

Hawaii was the first state to legalize abortion before the landmark Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade, and has been a consistent leader in the reproductive rights movement since then. A recent article by The Washington Post highlights the widening gap in abortion laws around the country and called out Hawaii as a state with a number of protections in place to ensure that abortion remains safe and legal.

However, Hawaii people still face barriers when seeking abortion care. People on islands without a provider and those who live in rural and geographically isolated areas face more challenges accessing services. While Hawaii has good laws, we can do better to ensure that these laws have meaning in practice as well as policy. The recent actions in Alabama and Missouri served as a good reminder about the importance of being vigilant in protecting our rights and promoting access to life-saving care.

In the last month, Alabama essentially eliminated abortion access and threatened to imprison doctors for life if they perform the procedure, and the last abortion provider in Missouri faced losing its license due to state law. Other states, including Ohio, Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Utah, Louisiana, Indiana, Mississippi and Iowa, have passed restrictive laws that only serve to limit women’s access to safe, legal care and force a challenge to Roe v. Wade and snap into focus the work we must do to protect safe and legal abortion.

Actions across the country in support of abortion rights and access have been taking place because of these attacks on abortion rights. In Hawaii, supporters rallied, waved signs and took action to demonstrate their support for abortion rights at the new Honolulu Planned Parenthood health center. These supporters are in the strong majority here in Hawaii and across the country.

Polling indicates that 7 in 10 Americans do not want to see Roe v. Wade overturned. The Pew Research Center found that 58% of all Americans say abortions “should be legal in all or most cases.” The same poll found that a clear minority — only 37% — support restricting abortion in all cases.

The AAUW and Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii support increased spending for reproductive health and Title X, the nation’s only family planning program, which provides life-saving preventive care such as cancer screenings, STI (sexually transmitted infection) testing and treatment, and other critical care. We also support preventive care through the Affordable Care Act, which mandates birth control coverage. These programs, along with sex education and increased access to care will help to maintain the current historically low abortion and unintended pregnancy rate.

Access to the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion, is also key to achieving economic security. Preventive care and sex education, the majority of Planned Parenthood’s work, help people have control over their health, their lives, and their future.

While Hawaii’s laws protect our right to reproductive health care, legislation must be advanced to ensure those protections are fully guaranteed. The time is long overdue for people to make their voices heard and demand abortion access, reproductive health care and education, and bodily autonomy.

What Motivates You? We Want to Know!

Looking to meet new people and inspire change? AAUW Honolulu wants to know what’s motivating you!

Join us on August 20th for pupus, networking, and conversation with AAUW team leaders and other community members interested in advancing equity for women and girls in Hawai‘i!

This is an opportunity for you to let AAUW Honolulu know what issues and events are most important to you! Help us decide where and how to take action in 2019 and beyond.

When: August 20, 6 pm – 8 pm

Where: The Plaza Club, in the Board Room
Parking: Plaza Club is $3.75 after 5 pm with validation. in the Pioneer Plaza; nearby municipal lots, $3. Street parking may be available.

Feel free to bring friends! You do not need to be an AAUW member to attend.

Talk Story Tuesdays (August 2019)

Give yourself a treat! Meet, mingle and enjoy complimentary pupus and beverages at happy hour prices. At Talk Story Tuesdays we engage in great conversations on the topics of today that impact women and girls in Hawaii.

August’s Talk Story Tuesday is a celebration of our past Career and Leadership Development Grant awardees. Confirmed grant recipients that will be on hand include:

  • Amber Granite
  • Sara Ward
  • Caroline Kunitake
  • Maura Stephens-Chu
  • Jennifer Dotson
  • Colette Masunaga
  • Jordana Ferreira
  • Chelsey Stewart

We’re also gearing up for our Sept. 15 deadline for grant application, so if you are or if you know a woman who could benefit for our Career and Leadership Development Grant, pass this link along!

Psst…spread the word and invite your friends and family!

All ages welcome!

Complimentary pupus and wine specials!

Please contact us if you have any mobility issues or will require special accommodations to participate. Parking and/or other accommodations can typically be provided upon request.

WHEN: Aug. 13, 2019 ~ 5:30-7:30pm
WHERE: The Plaza Club, Pioneer Plaza, 900 Fort St Mall, 20th Floor, Honolulu, HI 96813 — in The Board Room
Parking: Plaza Club is $3.75 after 5 pm with validation. in the Pioneer Plaza; nearby municipal lots, $3. Street parking may be available.

AAUW Grant Profile: Sara Ward

Theatre is Sara Ward’s passion.

From volunteer usher, to child actor wrangler, to line prompter, to set changer, to props designer, to box office ticket sales, to box office manager, to officer manager, and finally to house manager, she’s done almost everything in theater — except acting!

Sara moved to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1989 and immediately began volunteering as an usher in theatres all around Oahu. In 2002, she worked  at Manoa Valley Theatre as a part-time clerk in the box office.

Over a decade and a half later, Sara’s an Administrative House Manager, in charge of the box office and the business office. She’s received three Po’okela Awards from the Hawaii State Theatre Council for her work: Excellence in Service at MVT in 2004; Masks/Props Design for A Christmas Carol at MVT in 2010; and the Adjudicator Special Award (Props) for Young Frankenstein at MVT in 2012.

The AAUW Honolulu Career and Leadership Development Grant allowed her to attend the INTIX 2019 Texas Conference Program. She was able to to meet with peers from other nonprofit organizations, attend classes and workshops, discover new technology, improve her approach to audience development, enhance her box office and office management skills and — most importantly — learn new ways to include every member of our community in the theatre experience.

“I am very thankful to AAUW Honolulu for making this exciting and wonderful opportunity possible,” she said.

If you’re interested in learning more about AAUW Honolulu’s Career and Leadership Development Grant, and when the applications will be taken, click here!

NCCWSL 2019 Participants Look Back on the Transformative Leadership Conference!

AAUW Honolulu’s contingent of NCCWSL scholarship awardees returned from the leadership conference held in Maryland and had this to say:

Autumn-Raine Hesia, Windward Community College Upward Bound Residential Advisor, reflected: “The conference was significant because it was my first chance that I had to fellowship with women from all over the world that had dreams and goals similar to mine. It was refreshing to see these young women inspire, encourage, and advocate for one another in an effortless way. To be in workshops and in key note speeches where inspiring testimony was shared. I am thankful for NCCWSL giving me the opportunity to learn, engage, and feel the change that is up and coming.”

“As a woman and minority in STEM, I had my fair share of hardships and successes since my big move to Hawaii,” Lean Teodoro, who holds a Bachelor of Science in geology and geophysics, shared. “Coming from a small island called Saipan, and leaving to pursue grander ambitions, I was automatically put on a pedestal. While you do have a great supportive network in front of you, you also realize that there are a few out there waiting for you to fail. Hearing from all the amazing, inspiring, and empowering boss babes at the NCCWSL made me feel more confident about my own story, my personal values, and my vision for the future. It has motivated to build more resilience in this time in my life. Above all, it has made me realize that it’s not about your personal successes in life, it’s about how you have applied your success for a greater good.”