Welcome to the Windward O’ahu (HI) Branch of AAUW!

General Membership Meeting

When: Saturday, April 6, 2024

9:30 a.m. Social Time – we can greet each other in person! Snacks are back!

10:00 a.m. Program followed by Business Meeting

Where: Windward Community College (WCC) Hale Kuhina. Follow directional signs to park behind Hale Alakaʻi.

Speaker: Tanya Yamanaka, Founder and Director Maka`ala Media

Program: Leadership for the Soul: Transformational Leadership Skills for Women

Tanya Yamanaka is the Business Manager at Hawaii Island Adult Care, Inc.  (HIAC) a non-profit caregiver, respite, and adult day care services provider, in Hilo. She has also served the agency as Interim Director, in 2021 and again in 2022. 

Additional leadership positions include serving as the Chief Executive Officer at the Volcano Art Center, where she revitalized marketing and promotions and expanded programs and events for increased aesthetic, financial and community impact. 

Tanya served as Board President of BayClinic, Inc. in Hilo. She assisted in the rebuilding of the board and helped expand services.  Taking it from $6M at four locations to a $20M agency with additional womens’ health and dental services.

Founder and director of Maka ala Media, she hosts a facebook-based video podcast created after the 2016 election to talk about current events and the need to show up politically. She is also a singer/songwriter, a motivational speaker, and is active in community theater. 

Tanya will speak about the new form of leadership she has observed over the last ten years. This type of leadership is more self-aware, intended to remove barriers for women that are within us, not external.


Holiday Luncheon was festive and jolly…..

Members celebrated the holiday season during a luncheon held in December, 2023.



Thank you for participating in the “Give Aloha” campaign to build the Windward O’ahu Scholarship Fund.  Over $ 1,600 was raised during the September, 2023 campaign !!

From September 1 to September 30 of each year,  customers are invited to make donations of up to $249 to the Windward O’ahu Scholarship Fund through the Give Aloha program. Donations are accepted at any Foodland, Sack N Save, or Foodland Farms checkout.  Foodland and the Western Union Foundation will match a portion of each donation.  Individuals must use their own Maika’i number to make a donation.  Donations made without a Maika’i number are not matched.

How to Donate

At checkout, present your Maika’i card (or provide your number) and inform the cashier that you would like to make a donation to The Windward O’ahu Scholarship Fund, code number 78901.   If you do not have a Maika’i card/number, you may request to establish one.  Your donation will be added to your grocery purchase total.  You may donate up to $249 per organization; any portion exceeding $249 will not be matched.  The amount you donate and the name of the Scholarship Fund will appear on your receipt.