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Woman of Distinction Dinner

Woman of Distinction 2013 (23)_croppedEach year, Hawai`i Girl Scouts salute women who personally and professionally exemplify the values articulated in the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Not your typical awards event, the Girl Scouts of Hawai`i Woman of Distinction dinner helps to raise needed funds, while also providing hundreds of girls with a chance to see great role models in action. Hawai`i’s girls have the opportunity to interact with the honorees as well as the community leaders who attend the dinner. For details on this year’s dinner as well as past dinners, see below.


2013 Woman of Distinction Dinner

2013 WOD Save The Date Final Front

The theme of our 2013 Woman of Distinction Dinner was STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). In today’s world, STEM is everywhere; almost every task and activity that we do requires some manifestation of science, technology, engineering or math. A 2012 study found that about half of all girls feel that STEM is not  a typical career path for girls. Though girls are overwhelmingly interested in STEM, 57% of them feel that if they pursued a STEM career, they would have to work harder than a man just to be taken seriously.

Our 2013 Woman of Distinction honorees have broken the gender barrier, showing that it is possible for women to pursue STEM careers–and to pursue it successfully. This year we honor three women who excel not only in their careers, but also as community leaders who inspire their colleagues and our next generation of female leaders.

Woman of Distinction 2013 (39)_croppedThe 2013 Woman of Distinction Honorees:

The 2013 Woman of Distinction honorees were, from left to right, Jan Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, Oceanit; Sheryl Seaman, Vice Chairman, Group 70 International; and Dr. Elizabeth Ignacio, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, Imua Orthopedics.

If you have any questions about our Woman of Distinction Dinner, please contact Kristi Cardoso at or 808-675-5516.




The Queen’s Medical Center


Group 70 International, Inc.

Hawaii Business Magazine

Hilton Hawaiian Village


NAN Inc.

R.M. Towill Corporation


Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.

Friends of Girl Scouts

Bank of Hawaii

Bennet Group Strategic Communications

Charles B. Wang Foundation

D.R. Horton

CGI Technologies & Solutions, Inc.

First Hawaiian BankGoodfellow Bros., Inc.Grace PacificHawaii Independent Energy, LLC

Ikeda & Wong, CPA, Inc.

Island Insurance Company, Ltd.

Pūlama Lana‘i

S&E Mukai Foundation/Waterhouse Foundation/Waterhouse Inc.

Sir Deryck & Lady Va Maughan/Mufi & Gail Mukaihata Hannemann

Roy & Hilda Takeyama Foundation

The Schuler Family Foundation

Servco Foundation

Ward Research, Inc.

Watanabe Ing LLP


American Savings Bank

Aston Hotels & Resorts, LLC

Bowers + Kubota Consulting


Chevron USA, Inc.

City Mill Company, Ltd.

Coastal Construction/Primary Properties/Primary Residential Mortgage/Pacific Links Hawaii/Resource Partners Hawaii

Eye Surgery Center of Hawaii

Engineers Surveyors Hawaii, Inc.

First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Ltd.

Fukunaga Family

Group 70 International, Inc.

Hawaii Dental Service

Hawaii News Now


HWMG – Hawaii Western Management GroupHMSAHonolulu Star-AdvertiserImanaka Asato LLLC

IMUA Orthopedics, Sports and Health

InVision Imaging

KSF, Inc.

Local Union 1186 IBEW


Maui Electric Company, Limited

McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawai`i, Inc.

Nordic PCL Construction Services, Inc.

Oahu Waste Services, Inc.


Ohata Chun Yuen LLP

Outrigger Enterprises Group


Palekana Permits, LLC

Randolph H. Murayama & Associates, Inc.

REIT Management & Research LLC

Ronald N.S. Ho & Associates, Inc.

Royal Contracting

Sheet Metal Workers’ I.A. Local Union 293

Stanford Carr Development, LLC

Sullivan Family of Companies

Swinerton Builders

Title Guaranty of Hawaii, Inc.

University of Hawaii System/University of Hawaii Foundation

United Laundry Services, Inc.

Unlimited Construction Services, Inc.

Xpedite, LLC



Albert Chong Associates

The Alfred & Ruth Ono Foundation

Armstrong Produce

Bacon Universal Company, Inc.

Bays Lung Rose & Holma

Big Island Candies

Carlsmith Ball LLP

Carolyn A. Berry Wilson

Carole Kai Charities, Inc. Dba Great Aloha Run

Chaminade University of Hawaii

Liz Chun

Core Group One Inc.

Corporate Environments International

Cumming Construction Management, Inc.

Deloitte & Touche LLP

ECM, Inc.

Edward Enterprises, Inc.Friends of Girl ScoutsFinance Factors FoundationThe Gentry Companies

Grove Farm

Hawaii Women’s Forum

‘Iolani School

Mechanical Engineers of Hawaii Corp.

Mega Construction, Inc.

Oceanic Time Warner Cable

Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Inc.

Hawaiian Telcom

Paul Hiranaga

Inatsuka Engineering LLC

KAI Hawaii, Inc.

The Kiewit Companies

Mary Bea Porter-King & Charles King

Kobayashi Group LLC

Yogi Kwong Engineers, LLC

Matsubara – Kotake, A Law Corporation

Chiharu Mukaihata

N&K CPAs, Inc.

Pasha Hawaii

PBR Hawaii

Richard & Greta Pecson

Bonnie Rice

S&M Sakamoto, Inc.

Sheryl Buck Seaman

Stryker Weiner & Yokota Public Relations

Kaneohe Ranch Company

K. Taniguchi, Ltd./KTA Super Stores

The MacNaughton Group

University Health Alliance

Paul Williams


Lucy Ahn & Robert Witt

Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing/Louise Ing

Leah Bernstein

Gianna Bickson

Joan Bickson

Coffman Engineers, Inc.

Lauren Dawson

Yvonne Godsey

Hastings & Pleadwell

Geraldine Hayes

Inkinen & Associates

Ironworkers Union Local 625

Kimura International, Inc.

Suzi KissCouncilmember Ann KobayashiCheryl LeialohaSue MacKinnon

Anne L. Mapes

Aimoku & Dorien McClellan

Sharon McPhee

Mary F. McGrath

Marie Milks

Myron Nakata


Cheryl Lynn Rudy

Trudy Schandler-Wong

Sam Shenkus

Andrea Snyder

Mina Sotelo

Carla Stroh-Palalay

Sunset Tile & Stone

Bill Tobin & Tracy Tanaka

Times Supermarket, Ltd

Maria Villano

Walters Kimura Motoda, Inc.

Angel Willey

Linda Wong



Heidi Kim

Linda Miki

DINNER COMMITTEE Robin CampanianoRussell FigueiroaTim Johns

David Kostecki

Gabe Lee

 Katie MacNeil

Christine Ruotola

Roy Takeyama

Donna Tanoue

Sharlene Tsuda




Past Woman of Distinction Honorees:

Carol Ai May
Jean Ariyoshi
Claire Asam
Joan Bickson
Mary Bitterman
Gladys A. Brandt
Mary Lou Brogan
Melinda Caroll
Vicky Cayetano
Sau Ung Loo Chan
Meredith Ching
Mary Jane Connell
Beadie Kanahele Dawson
Judith Dawson
Barbara Dew
Kathleen M. Donohue
Bennette Evangelista
Joyce Fasi
Linda Fernandez
Julia Frohlich
Veronica Zasadni Froman
Bev Gannon
Donna Goth
Patricia Hamamoto
Sibyl Heide
Pegge Hopper
Irene Hirano Inouye
Kathryn Inouye
Carole Kai
Claudia J. Kennedy
Ann Kobayashi
Faye Kurren
Constance Lau
Myrtle Lee
Roberta Wong Leung
Linda Lingle
Kathryn Lucktenberg

Dee Jay Mailer
Barrett McCandless
Sharon McPhee
Emma Aluli Meyer
Marie N. Milks
Momi Mo`okini‐Lum
Frances Mossman
Carol A. Mutter
Karen Nakamura
Anne Namba
Gretchen Neal
Ruth Ono
Alana Kobayashi Pakkala
Barbara “Bobbie” Perry
Jackie Liwai Pung
Phyllis A. Richards
Pokey Watson Richardson
Patricia F. Saiki
Catherine Shen
Andrea Simpson
Kalo Mataele Soukop
Kitty Sullivan Wo
Rell Sunn
Patricia Tam
Donna Tanoue
Jane B. Tatibouet
Ann M. Testa
Cha Thompson
Donnis Thompson
Rose Tseng
Laila Twigg‐Smith
Lynne Waihe`e
Jenai Sullivan Wall
Indru Watumull
Sue Wesselkamper
Nancy White
Carolyn A. Berry Wilson
Shelley Wilson
Colleen Wong
Mary Worrall
Lily Yao

CEO Event

Girl Scouts of Hawai`i hosts an annual CEO Event to honor Girl Scouts who have sold more than 700 boxes of cookies during the cookie season. This year, the event is on May 10, 2014 on board the Star of Honolulu cruise ship.

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.

Girl Scouts Awards Ceremony

Every year, Girl Scouts of Hawai`i commemorates the completion of Girls Scouts’ Gold, Silver and Bronze Award projects. This year, the Awards Ceremony will be held on April 26, 2014 in the Parish Hall of Central Union Church.


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