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2013

October 11, 2013 – Girl Scouts of Hawai`i Honors Three Top Women in STEM

(Honolulu, Hawai`i – October 11, 2013) – The Girl Scouts of Hawai`i announced that it will honor three women at their 2013 Woman of Distinction Dinner in November: Dr. Elizabeth Ignacio, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, Imua Orthopedics; Sheryl Seaman, Vice Chairman, Group 70 International; and Jan Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, Oceanit. The theme of this year’s dinner, which raises funds for local program initiatives, is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

A 2012 study showed that while 74 percent of today’s girls are interested in STEM, few pursue STEM-related careers for various reasons. According to the study, today’s girls need female role models—just 46 percent of girls know a woman in a STEM career—who show them that success as a woman in a STEM field is possible. The 2013 Woman of Distinction honorees illustrate success not only as women in STEM-related careers, but also as community leaders who continually strive to make the world a better place.

“Nearly all girls are motivated to help people and want careers that require them to think and change the way people do things. Yet, most girls do not consider STEM related fields as a way to realize their personal dreams and aspirations,” said Girl Scouts of Hawai`i CEO Gail Mukaihata Hannemann. “We need to do better for girls and the world. Part of how we address this challenge is helping girls learn about women who have exceled in STEM fields despite gender barriers. We want girls to see how these women are improving our world everyday by healing people, enriching the quality of life for communities, and fueling innovation and scientific discoveries.”

The dinner will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom. A reception and silent auction will be held at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and a program at 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $300 and table sponsorships start at $3,000. All proceeds from the 2013 Woman of Distinction dinner will support Girl Scouting across the state of Hawai`i. For more information, contact Kristi Cardoso, Director of Corporate Relations, at krcardoso@girlscouts-hawaii.org or 808-675-5516.

About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the nation’s premier leadership development organization for girls in kindergarten through twelfth grades. With over three million members, Girl Scouts empowers girls to realize its mission of “building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” Introduced to Hawai`i in 1917 by Queen Lili`uokalani and Florence Lowe, a Kamehameha School for Girls teacher, Girl Scouts of Hawai`i has more than 5,000 members statewide. For more information, visit www.girlscouts-hawaii.org or www.girlscouts.org.

October 2, 2013 – President Obama’s Sister Advocates for Local Girl Scouts Council

(Honolulu, Hawai`i – October 2, 2013) – Girl Scouts of Hawai`i boosted its recruitment campaign today with a video from Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng, Girl Scout volunteer and President Barack Obama’s sister. Dr. Soetoro-Ng’s video comes in response to her sister-in-law First Lady Michelle Obama’s video released Sunday urging adults nationwide to volunteer for Girl Scouts. Having already featured two other local volunteers in its national recruitment campaign, GSUSA will now be using Dr. Soetoro-Ng’s videos in grassroots efforts nationwide, putting the local council on the Girl Scout map.

“Four years ago I started a Girl Scout troop so that my daughter would have many of the opportunities that my sister-in-law Michelle Obama speaks of in her video,” said Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng, Hawaii-based writer, educator and Girl Scout volunteer. Soetoro-Ng and her troop co-leaders, most of whom are also female educators at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, develop unique, place-based activities based on the Girl Scout Journeys curriculum. As part of the It’s Your Planet—Love It! Journey series, her Brownie Troop cleared trash bags full of invasive algae after learning about water pollution from a scientist at Malama Maunalua. Another favorite spot for the troop is Ho`oulu `Aina, the Kalihi Valley Nature Preserve, where the girls learned about the valley’s reclaimed resources, indigenous plants and food sovereignty.

Four years ago, Girl Scouts of Hawai`i Chief Executive Officer Gail Mukaihata Hannemann spoke with Dr. Soetoro-Ng, who has a strong commitment to youth development. After reading the Girl Scout Journey “It’s Your Planet—Love It!” Dr. Soetoro-Ng was inspired to start a troop for her daughter Suhaila.”

Dr. Soetoro-Ng and her daughter are now two of four local faces featured in GSUSA’s national campaign, making almost half of GSUSA’s recruitment videos Hawaii-focused. The other two volunteers are Erica Kamanu and Tiffany Carritt. “Maya, Erica and Tiffany are great examples of volunteers who, despite their hectic lives, provide leadership opportunities for both their daughters and other Girl Scouts. They, along with over 1400 active and committed local volunteers, know first-hand the power of Girl Scouting. We want to make these experiences possible for every girl, so we are asking every adult to take an hour out of their week to make a difference in the lives of girls like Suhaila. There are thousands more who want to make a difference in this world, but they need our help.”

“I want to thank my Aunty Michelle for encouraging other girls to join Girl Scouts because I think if they join they’ll have a lot of fun,” Dr. Soetoro-Ng’s daughter Suhaila said. This year, Suhaila can’t wait to meet a marine biologist because of her own interest in studying nautili and cuttlefish. To learn more about volunteering for Girl Scouts of Hawai`i, visit girlscouts.org/volunteer.

 

About Girl Scouts

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the nation’s premier leadership development organization for girls in kindergarten through twelfth grades.  With over three million members, Girl Scouts empowers girls to realize its mission of “building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” Introduced to Hawai`i in 1917 by Queen Lili`uokalani and Florence Lowe, a Kamehameha School for Girls teacher, Girl Scouts of Hawai`i has more than 5,000 members statewide. For more information, visit www.girlscouts-hawaii.org or www.girlscouts.org.

August 21, 2013 – Girl Scouts Seeks Girl Participants for its International Space Station Project

(Honolulu, Hawai`i – August 21, 2013) – Girl Scouts of Hawai`i is launching its second year of Design It! Build It! Launch It! The International Space Station Program in early September 2013. Through this project, a selection of high school girls from Oahu have a once in a lifetime opportunity to design, build and launch their own science experiment, which will be housed and monitored aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for one month early next year. Last year eight girls used local micro-arugula from Nalo Farms to test the possibility of growing food in space.

This program offers a unique opportunity to all girls interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) as well as agriculture, horticulture, programming, and communication. No experience in STEM is required. Interested girls must be enrolled in grades 9-12 during the 2013-2014 school year. Applicants are not required to be Girl Scouts upon application, but must register as a Girl Scout before beginning the program. All applicants must submit an application by Friday, August 23, 2013. There will be an information session for those interested on Friday, September 6, 2013, from 4-7 p.m. at their headquarters in the Ala Moana Hotel.

A 2012 Girl Scout Research Institute study reported that STEM jobs have grown at three times the pace of non-STEM jobs in the past ten years and are projected to grow at the same rate through the next decade. Though girls’ interest in STEM is clear – 74 percent of teen girls are interested in STEM but cite various reasons including gender barriers and a lack of female role models as reasons for pursuing STEM as a career goal — girls must be better equipped to enter into these fields. The project is part of Girl Scouts of Hawai`i’s ongoing initiative to provide hands-on, experiential learning opportunities in which girls can lead and collaborate on take-action STEM projects. For more information, contact Jennifer Frisbee at jefrisbee@girlscouts-hawaii.org or 808-675-5520.

Our space station opportunity is made available by Valley Christian Schools (www.vcs.net), the Quest Insitute for Quality Education (www.thequestinstitute.com) and NanoRacks, LLC (www.nanoracks.com), via its Space Act Agreement with NASA’s US National Lab.

 

About Girl Scouts

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the nation’s premier leadership development organization for girls in kindergarten through twelfth grades.  With over three million members, Girl Scouts empowers girls to realize its mission of “building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” Introduced to Hawai`i in 1917 by Queen Lili`uokalani and Florence Lowe, a Kamehameha School for Girls teacher, Girl Scouts of Hawai`i has more than 5,000 members statewide. For more information, visit www.girlscouts-hawaii.org or www.girlscouts.org.

June 13, 2013 – Microsoft Retail Store at Ala Moana Honors Girl Scouts of Hawai`i

Honolulu, Hawaii, June 13 – In celebration of the Microsoft retail store’s Grand Opening at Ala Moana Microsoft presented a grant of $50,000 to the Girl Scouts of Hawai`i at the store’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Microsoft’s opening could not come at a better time for the Girl Scouts of Hawai`i.   Fully engaged in providing girls from grades K-12 with leadership opportunities steeped in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), Microsoft’s generous gift will make it possible to extend Girl Scouts’ reach and impact, especially in communities where resources are often scarce. “The Girl Scouts of Hawai`i thanks Microsoft for believing in the leadership development of all girls. The resources Microsoft is generously offering our organization will support our on-going work to engage more girls in STEM so they can purposefully lead others in ways that better their communities and the world,” stated Gail Mukaihata Hannemann, Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Hawai`i. She went on to say, “We know that these efforts will result in girls fostering invaluable 21st century skills such as learning to be innovative problem solvers and developing critical thinking processes. We thank Microsoft for being a willing and able partner.”

Girl Scout supporters of all ages lined up this morning to take part in Microsoft’s Grand Opening.   “I’ve been a Girl Scout since I was five years old,” said 15-year old Talissa Wright. “The thought of being able to use Microsoft hardware and software to design our next scientific experiment to send into space is very cool.” This year, Talissa was part of an eight-girl team that made history by being the first High School youth from Hawaii to send a scientific experiment to the International Space Station.

“We’re thrilled that through the Microsoft retail store, we have a chance to extend Microsoft’s commitment to the local community. We hope the community will see us as a local technology resource and keep coming back after the grand opening festivities to learn new technology skills and use our theater space for community events,” said Microsoft at Ala Moana Center store manager Noelle Neverdon.

The Microsoft retail store offers a curated assortment of products to fit anyone’s needs and budgets, including Windows 8 PCs and tablets including Surface, Microsoft Office 365, Windows Phone, Xbox 360 and a variety of software and accessories. The stores provide consumers with excellent value, selection, service and an engaging way to experience the best of Microsoft products. Customers can also learn new technology skills in the store’s theater space, and work with the store’s friendly experts for personalized PC setup and training.

For more information on the Microsoft retail store, including a schedule of local events and activities, follow the Microsoft Store on Facebook and Twitter, or visit www.MicrosoftStore.com.

About Girl Scouts

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the nation’s premier leadership development organization for girls in kindergarten through twelfth grades.  With over three million members, Girl Scouts empowers girls to realize its mission of “building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” Introduced to Hawai`i in 1917 by Queen Lili`uokalani and Florence Lowe, a Kamehameha School for Girls teacher, Girl Scouts of Hawai`i has more than 5,000 members statewide. For more information, visit www.girlscouts-hawaii.org or www.girlscouts.org.

May 26, 2013 — Girl Scouts Honor Hawaii’s Veterans

Honolulu, Hawai`i — On Sunday, May 26, over 180 of Hawaii’s Girl Scouts will honor our fallen heroes at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Following a short ceremony, volunteers and Girl Scouts from 28 Oahu troops will decorate each of the approximately 6000 graves with an American flag. Traditionally, the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts collaborate in paying tribute to our local veterans; the Boy Scouts decorate the graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on Punchbowl and the Girl Scouts have been doing the same at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe for 23 years. The guest speaker for the service will be Col. (Ret.) Ronald Han, Jr., Director of the Hawaii Office of Veterans Services. The ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the pre-eminent leadership development organization for girls in kindergarten through twelfth grades. It serves girls in every zip code throughout the United States as well as those attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. As the country’s pre-eminent all-girl organization, Girl Scouts empowers girls to realize its mission of “building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” Introduced to Hawai`i in 1917 by Queen Lili`uokalani and Florence Lowe, a Kamehameha School for Girls teacher, Girl Scouts of Hawai`i has approximately 5,000 members statewide. For more information, visit www.girlscouts-hawaii.org or www.girlscouts.org.

April 27, 2013 — Fifteen Girl Scouts Receive Top Honor

Honolulu, Hawai`i — On Saturday, April 27, 2013, fifteen of Hawai`i’s Girl Scouts joined an elite group of Girl Scouts nationwide who earn their Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest achievement that a Girl Scout in grades nine through 12 can earn, and it is achieved by completing a project of at least 60 hours that creates measurable and sustainable change in their local, regional, or global communities. Just five percent of all qualified Girl Scouts nationwide earn this prestigious award.

This year the First Hawaiian Bank Foundation supported the Gold Award process with a generous $10,000 grant. Candice Naito, Senior Vice President of First Hawaiian Bank and former Girl Scouts of Hawai`i board member, acknowledged the girls’ exceptional projects at Saturday’s ceremony. “The projects today have shown that girls and young women today can accomplish anything they set their mind to,” said Naito. “I am certainly happy to take part in the opportunities that the Girl Scouts provide.”

Some of the Gold Award projects honored on Saturday included promoting literacy with “Sharing Shelves” full of books at the Windward Spouse Abuse Shelter and IHS, and an “Adopt-a-Veteran” program that has encouraged teens to spend time with Hawai`i’s veterans. One of the Gold Award recipients constructed a taro hydroponic system to teach the students of Le Jardin Academy about sustainable agriculture and stewardship.

Lori Lum, Public Affairs Director at Watanabe Ing LLP and Chair of the Girl Scouts Hawai`i’s board of directors, thanked parents, family and friends for attending Saturday’s ceremony and supporting Hawai`i’s Girl Scouts: “The Girl Scout Gold Award provides an extraordinary opportunity for young women to contribute to the community while developing leadership skills that will help them succeed in life. Today’s Gold Award recipients are a true testament to the positive impact of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.”

The following young women were recognized for their Gold Award projects on Saturday:

Allexandria B., 16, Kamuela, “To Give Back Around the World”
Alyssa L., 15, Kaneohe, “Early Breast Cancer De‘Duck’tion”
Alyssa L., 17, Hawaii Kai, “Transforming Young Lives with Mentoring”
Dana M., 17, Honolulu, “Mural of Hope”
Virginia R., 17, Ewa Beach, “Tsunami Safety for Seniors”
Erica S., 18, Hilo, “Swim Teams”
Alanna S., 17, Kailua, “Sharing Shelves”
Chase S., 16, Kaimuki, “Hawai`i 5210 ‘Go!’ Kits for Breakfast”
Kayla S., 17, Kaneohe, “Make a Difference-Special Olympics”
Dayna S., 16, Kaneohe, “More Than Just a Game”
Corin T., 17, Pearl City, “Hydroponic Taro Garden”
Kaila W., 17, Hawaii Kai, “Adopt-a-Veteran”
Taylor W., 17, Hawaii Kai, “PB&J Awareness Program”
Erin Y., 18, Manoa, “Children’s Justice Center Support Books”
Cori Y., 17, Hawaii Kai, “Helping ‘Buddies’ for VIP Players.”

About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the pre-eminent leadership development organization for girls in kindergarten through twelfth grades. It serves girls in every zip code throughout the United States as well as those attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. As the country’s pre-eminent all-girl organization, Girl Scouts empowers girls to realize its mission of “building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” Introduced to Hawai`i in 1917 by Queen Lili`uokalani and Florence Lowe, a Kamehameha School for Girls teacher, Girl Scouts of Hawai`i has approximately 5,000 members statewide. For more information, visit www.girlscouts-hawaii.org or www.girlscouts.org.

Honolulu, Hawai`i — What do Girl Scout Cookies and helping the community have in common? Girl Scouts of all ages use their hard-earned cookie funds to change the world around them. Girl Scout Isabel, for example, used her earnings raised from the 2012 Girl Scout Cookie Program® to help other girls whose families are economically struggling by designing and sewing sundresses from beautifully patterned pillowcases. With the help of Child & Family Services on Kaua`i, Isabel’s dresses found their way to children in her community through “Nana’s House,” a family support and community outreach center in Waimea.

There’s a Girl Scout story behind every box. Just one purchase can give a Girl Scout like Isabel a lifetime of skills, which, in turn, encourages them to change their local communities for the better.

To celebrate such a monumental program, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has named February 8, 2013, National Girl Scout Cookie Day. Girl Scouts of Hawai`i (GSH) will be honoring this nationwide campaign by hosting a social media event. Throughout the day, GSH will post fun, interactive quizzes; announce a promotional offer at the GSH retail store in the Ala Moana Hotel; and host Facebook contests in which lucky winners will receive a free box of cookies.

Another reason to celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Day is the first package redesign since 1999. While the iconic Girl Scout Cookies remain, the newly designed boxes highlight the purpose of the $790-million cookie program, which is to teach girls five essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and people skills. The new campaign – “This Is What a Girl Can Do” – reinforces the five skills with contemporary images that capture the power of girls working together.

Every penny earned from cookie sales in Hawai`i stays in Hawai`i, and, as part of the program, Girl Scout Troops use their cookie funds to further develop leadership skills in girls and so they can do good in communities. In this way, Girl Scouts play a big role in making the world a better place. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program® girls have the opportunity to do anything they set their minds to while learning the importance of leadership, philanthropy and community engagement.

Reyna Kaneko, chief marketing officer at Girl Scouts of Hawai`i, explains, “Girls are not only learning marketable skills as our leaders of tomorrow, but they become caring, responsible and trustworthy citizens today.”

The Girl Scout Cookie Program® could not be possible without the help of local companies and organizations that permit Girl Scout Troops to sell in front of their establishments. Foodland, Long’s, Times, Safeway and Walmart are just some of the businesses that help to further girls’ development.

Girl Scouts has made supporting girls and the community even easier through the Cookie Locator and newly improved free mobile apps for iPhone or Android, found in the cookie section our website, www.girlscouts-hawaii.org. During the Girl Scout Cookie® Booth Sale period, which runs from March 1–24, customers can find a complete list of vendors, search for cookie booth locations, and even watch Girl Scout videos.

About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the pre-eminent leadership development organization for girls in kindergarten through twelfth grades. It serves girls in every zip code throughout the United States as well as those attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. As the country’s pre-eminent all-girl organization, Girl Scouts empowers girls to realize its mission of “building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” Introduced to Hawai`i in 1917 by Queen Lili`uokalani and Florence Lowe, a Kamehameha School for Girls teacher, Girl Scouts of Hawai`i has approximately 5,000 members statewide. For more information, visit www.girlscouts-hawaii.org or www.girlscouts.org.

 

2012

October 21, 2012 — Girl Scouts of Hawai`i Announces 2012 Woman of Distinction Honorees

Honolulu, Hawai`i – Each year, Girl Scout councils across the country hand-select women members of the local community who embark on personal and professional endeavors aimed at “making the world a better place.” Through their daily work, these individuals demonstrate the type of leadership that girls in the 21st century want to emulate, a person whose principles, ethical behavior and abilities and skills affect positive social change in the world.

On Wednesday, November 7, 2012, Girl Scouts of Hawai`i will celebrate three former Girl Scouts at the 2012 Woman of Distinction Dinner. Their achievements illustrate, that with a commitment to bettering the world, anything can be accomplished. The 2012 honorees are:

Carolyn A. Berry Wilson has built a life based on the principle of giving back. As a passionate philanthropist of music, the arts and education, she is an ongoing supporter of many local organizations, including Honolulu Museum of Art, Diamond Head Theatre, Special Olympics Hawaii, PBS Hawaii, Chaminade University and many others. Berry Wilson has four children and nine grandchildren and is an inspiration to young women raising their children who still want to be an individual and contribute to society.

Faye Kurren has been the president and chief executive officer of Hawaii Dental Service since 2003. HDS was recently ranked #41 in Hawaii Business’s Top 250 companies in Hawaii. Kurren’s accomplishments also include holding a number of executive leadership positions. In 1984, Kurren began her tenure at Pacific Resources, Inc. as counsel; and in 1998, when Tesoro Petroleum Corporation acquired the company, became the president overseeing refining, distribution and retail operations. Kurren contributes to the local community in many ways, including as board member for several organizations: Hawaii Pacific Health, Waikiki Aquarium, Helping Hands Hawaii, et al.

Shelley Wilson, founder, president and chief executive officer of Wilson Care Group, recognized the need for long-term care through a personal experience, and started Wilson Homecare in 1996, at the age of 21. Wilson has been recognized for her entrepreneurial spirit and management skills since starting her company. She has earned many awards, including Pacific Business News “40 under Forty,” “Women Who Mean Business” and the 2009 Small Business Administration’s “Small Business Person of the Year” award for the Island of O`ahu. Wilson gives back in many ways, including helping to vaccinate children in Africa with Rotary International and traveling with Kids Without Borders humanitarian group to Vietnam.

The theme of the 2012 Woman of Distinction Dinner is ToGetHerThere – a nationwide Girl Scouts campaign aimed at building communities of champions to advance the higher cause of female leadership. This year’s honorees help girls aspire to a brighter future through strong leadership and entrepreneurial resilience.

“The Girl Scouts of Hawai`i is both honored and inspired by the three women who have agreed to be this year’s honorees. Each woman is a leader in her own right. Although each woman has taken different paths, their lives speak to what leadership is all about – having the courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place,” said Gail Mukaihata Hannemann, Girl Scouts of Hawai`i’s CEO.

The evening will feature girls leading the event as silent auction runners, and holding true to tradition, as Gala Greeters, lining the driveway of the Hilton Hawaiian Village to set the exciting tone for the night. All proceeds from the event stays in Hawai`i, and benefits local Girl Scout leadership programs designed to help girls discover their own potential, connect with their peers and take action to better their communities.

The public is invited to attend the 2012 Woman of Distinction Dinner. This year, a special rate for Girl Scout alumnae and current Girl Scout Members is being offered. Tickets for the Women of Distinction Dinner are now on sale through www.girlscouts-hawaii.org. For more information, please contact Kristi Cardoso at 808.675.5516 or at krcardoso@girlscouts-hawaii.org.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom
Reception and Silent Auction begins at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner and program is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the pre-eminent leadership development organization for girls in kindergarten through twelfth grades. It serves girls in every zip code throughout the United States, as well as those attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. As the country’s preeminent all-girl organization, Girl Scouts empowers girls to realize its mission of “building courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” Introduced to Hawai`i in 1917 by Queen Lili`uokalani and Florence Lowe, a Kamehameha School for Girls teacher, Girl Scouts of Hawai`i has more than 5,000 members statewide. For more information visit www.girlscouts-hawaii.org or www.girlscouts.org.

October 8, 2012 — Girl Scouts of Hawai`i Receives Donation from Alexander & Baldwin Foundation

Honolulu, Hawai`i – Alexander & Baldwin Foundation donated $10,000 to Girl Scouts of Hawai`i in support of the 2013 Girl Scouts of Hawai`i CEO (Cookie Entrepreneur Officer) Event.

Meredith J. Ching, president of Alexander & Baldwin Foundation and Senior Vice President of Government & Community Relations at Alexander & Baldwin; and Paul McCully, a representative of Matson Navigation Company, will co-present the gift to Girl Scouts of Hawai`i’s Board Chair Lori Lum. The check presentation will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at Central Union Church’s Parish Hall at the start of “Cookie Entrepreneurial Training” for more than 100 volunteers. The generous donation from A&B Foundation will cover the cost of planning, organizing and hosting the 2013 CEO Event.

“Alexander & Baldwin Foundation has been a strong supporter of the Girl Scouts of Hawai`i and its leadership program. We are pleased to provide this grant to support the CEO Event and the Girl Scout Cookie Program, which motivates and encourages leadership, organizational skills and confidence for girls in Hawai`i,” said Ching.

The event, held in mid-spring, will honor Girl Scouts who have sold more than 750 boxes of cookies during the 2013 cookie season. The Girl Scout Cookie Program® is the largest girl-led business in the country and helps girls to develop five skills—goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. The Program gives girls the opportunity to earn funds for troop activities, trips and service projects as they discover what matters most to them, connect with people in their community, and take action to make the world a better place.

“The Girl Scouts of Hawai`i is grateful to A&B Foundation and Matson Navigation Company. Their support of the Girl Scout Cookie Program not only allows girls to learn the five skills, but to realize first-hand how they can make the world a better place. Girl Scouts across the state often use the proceeds they earn from their cookie sales to fund their community work,” said Lum.

Alexander & Baldwin Foundation was previously funded by the business activities of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. and its subsidiaries. These included A&B Properties, Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company (HC&S)/Maui Brand Sugar, and Matson Navigation Company.

About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the pre-eminent leadership development organization for girls in kindergarten through twelfth grades. It serves girls in every zip code throughout the United States, as well as those attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. As the country’s pre-eminent all-girl organization, Girl Scouts empowers girls to realize its mission of “building girls of courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place”. Introduced to Hawai`i in 1917 by Queen Lili`uokalani and Florence Lowe, a Kamehameha School for Girls teacher, Girl Scouts of Hawai`i has more than 5,000 members statewide. For more information visit www.girlscouts-hawaii.org or www.girlscouts.org.

August 21, 2012 — Girl Scouts of Hawai`i Offers International Space Station Project

Honolulu, Hawai`i – Girl Scouts of Hawai`i is pleased to announce Design It! Build It! Launch It! The International Space Station Project. High-school girls will have a unique and rewarding opportunity to design, build and launch a computer-controlled, space science project.

Through this yearlong program, girls will work together to plan, conceive, develop and test a science experiment, called a MicroLab. The team’s MicroLab, along with other experiments from U.S. high schools nationwide, will launch on a spacecraft in March 2013 for delivery to the International Space Station. The MicroLab will stay on the ISS for one month, where data will be downloaded from an astronaut’s laptop and sent to Earth for evaluation by the team.

Interested girls must be enrolled in grades 9–12 during the 2012–2013 school year and submit an application by August 31, 2012. Girl Scouts of Hawai`i will hold an Information Session on September 5, 2012, from 4–7 p.m. at the Ala Moana Hotel offices for those who want to learn more about the project. The program fee is $550 per girl. Financial aid is available and based on need. For more details about the program, please download our program flyer and program application on our website: www.girlscouts-hawaii.org.

Design It! Build It! Launch It! The International Space Station Project is part of Girl Scouts of Hawai`i’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) initiative, which is supported through Girl Scouts of USA and aimed at developing solutions to increase girls’ awareness in STEM fields. Based on their February 2012 study, the Girl Scout Research Institute reported that, nationwide, girls are interested in STEM fields and aspire to STEM careers, but need more exposure and adult support to carry this interest into the future. This project will helps girls develop problem-solving, critical-thinking, and collaborative skills while giving them a hands-on opportunity to learn about new and emerging fields.

Our space station opportunity is made available by Valley Christian Schools (www.vcs.net), the Quest Institute for Quality Education (www.thequestinstitute.com) and NanoRacks, LLC (www.nanoracks.com) via its Space Act Agreement with NASA’s U.S. National Lab.

About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the pre-eminent leadership development organization for girls in kindergarten through twelfth grades. It serves girls in every zip code throughout the United States, as well as those attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. As the country’s pre-eminent all-girl organization, Girl Scouts empowers girls to realize its mission of “building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” Introduced to Hawai`i in 1917 by Queen Lili`uokalani and Florence Lowe, a Kamehameha School for Girls teacher, Girl Scouts of Hawai`i has more than 5,000 members statewide. For more information, visit www.girlscouts-hawaii.org or www.girlscouts.org.

 
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