Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

AAUW Honolulu began over a century ago with a small band of women college graduates who sought to “promote the ideals of higher education”. Building upon this legacy, today’s AAUW Honolulu seeks a broader mission and purpose. Through community partnerships, programming, and scholarship and grant opportunities, AAUW Honolulu strives to advance gender equity throughout our island home.


In 2020, as the country reflected on the roots of systemic racism, we too examined our organization’s history and relationship with the community. The outcome of these discussions was the honest realization that by asking questions and listening deeply we can make our impact even stronger. This year AAUW Honolulu has secured a consultant to help us explore relevant issues surrounding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Our goal is to better understand the barriers that women in Hawai’i face and how AAUW Honolulu can use its resources to engage and support all local women.

As we approach this work, AAUW will be examining its programs and offerings through a diversity, equity and inclusion lens, including:

  • Career and Leadership Development Grants

  • Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships

  • Tweet Coleman Aviation Scholarship

  • Social Media, Communications, and Marketing

  • Membership Engagement Activities (Talk Story Tuesday, Equity Network, Book Club)

  • Community Partnerships (Girls Talk Back, UH Internship Program)

We invite you as an AAUW Honolulu supporter to join us as we reflect and commit to broadening our scope of impact among the women of our community. As always, we welcome your feedback and participation. Please email us at info@aauwhonolulu.org to learn more about how AAUW Honolulu is working to support equity for all and how you can be a part of the process.


Officers and Board Members

AAUW Honolulu Branch is an all volunteer organization.  Without the dedication of these volunteers, we could not provide much needed scholarships, grants, and programs to empower women and girls of Hawaii.  Thank you to our awesome volunteers!

Hope Bennett


Caroline Kunitake

Finance Officer

Anna Viggiano


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Carolyn Alexander


Joanna Amberger

Director, Past President

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Jean Evans


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Younghee Overly


Jean Evans, Chair
Janet Morse, Past Chair
Anne Abaya
Carolyn Alexander
Joanna Amberger
Marcia Armstrong
Hope Bennett
Karen Chen
Jean McIntosh
Anna Viggiano

Autumn-Raine Hesia

Tweet Coleman, Founder
Nobi Buntin, Chair
Janet Morse, Past Chair

Carol Riley
Clarice Young
Linda Weiland

Caroline Kunitake, Chair
Anya Anderson
Hope Bennett
Sabra Della-Lucia
Liane Hussey
Denise Pierson
Maura Stephens-Chu
Laura Viana

Marni Sakumoto

(in partnership with Ceeds of Peace and Women's Fund of Hawaii)

Anna Viggiano, Co-Chair
Younghee Overly, Co-Chair
Hope Bennett, Mentor
Loretta Chen, Mentor
Lauren Kaupp, Mentor

(in partnership with UH Manoa Office of Civic and Community Engagement)

Atina Pascua, Director of UH Manoa OCCE and Co-Chair
Younghee Overly, Co-Chair
Jaela Henderson, Intern
Susannah Lee Kandikatti, Intern
Samantha Larson, Intern
Ronja Steinbach, In

Rebecca Körössy, Intern

Beverly Munson, Co-Chair

Valerie Lam, Co-Chair
Anne Abaya
Hope Bennett
Jennifer Dotson

Communication Team

Younghee Overly, Chair
Carolyn Alexander
Caroline Kunitake
Jean Evans
Anna Viggiano

Nobi Buntin
Jaela Henderson (intern)
Samantha Larson (intern)
Candice Min (consultant)

Finance Team

Hope Bennett
Joanna Amberger
Caroline Kunitake