About Hilo Woman’s Club

The Hilo Woman’s Club is a community service organization committed to assisting and educating its members in the areas of civic and personal interest.

For Our Community

To promote the educational, social and civic development of its members as well as the community. 

For Hilo

To assist in the betterment of the social and civic conditions of Hilo and vicinity.

Our Events Calendar

See when our upcoming meetings are being held, when our special events are planned & what dates are still available for Clubhouse rentals.  

President’s Message

What a privilege it is to be part of such a wonderful and productive organization as the Hilo Woman's Club. In 2016, we celebrated our 95th anniversary. Think about it-this anniversary marks 95 years of marvelous women striving to make our community a better place. They and the current members are my true example.

The Hilo Woman’s Club is a gathering of very dedicated and compassionate women of all backgrounds, ages, and experiences. We gather together to dream, create, and work side by side in order to make our community a better place. As an incorporated non-profit community service organization, our established purpose is unchanging: “to promote the educational, social and civic development of our members and our community”. We work as a united team, building life-long friendships and our love of service to make a difference.

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Our formula for success in the Hilo Woman’s Club is simply this: to identify a need, work diligently, and reach out together in order to make a difference.

Jan Kuester, Club President


In the early 1900s, a group of Hilo women formed the Hilo Dramatic Club. Proceeds from amateur theatricals helped to care for the indigents of Hilo. In 1920, the Welfare Bureau and Board of Child Welfare were organized and the members decided to form a modern women’s club with three divisions of interest: outdoor improvement, study of civic problems, and literary/dramatic study. The first meeting was held on January 12, 1921 with 77 women attending. Over the past 90 years, the Hilo Woman’s Club has accomplished the following:

Established the Girls’ Detention Home for dependent girls under court jurisdiction until the Salvation Army placed the Home under its wing.

Created the Hilo playground system by providing a playground director and assisting in the management of Lincoln Park until the county assumed responsibility.

Created the Hilo branch of the Humane Society and paid a caretaker until the County eventually took over several years later.

Sponsored musical artists and concerts from 1924-1954.

Collected trash and planted many trees and flowers in beautification projects through out the years.

Sponsored the collection of funds to develop Liliuokalani Park and donated the Japanese Pagoda.

Greeted troop ships and sent flowers to Hilo soldier’s funerals during WWII. Three members served in the Army WAAC or Navy WAVES.

Sponsored children for YWCA and Girl Scout camperships during the 1950-60s.

Started a scholarship program in 1953 for East Hawaii women. The program has been ongoing since that time and is now open for both men and women.

Assisted the Red Cross in “Operation Stopover” for servicemen on their way to duty in Vietnam.

Adopted support of Destination Hilo and the Aloha Room at the pier to welcome cruise ship visitors.” Opened the Pink Elephant Thrift Shop in May, 1956 and kept it open for 50 years.

Adopted support of Destination Hilo and the Aloha Room at the pier to welcome cruise ship visitors.


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Clubhouse occupancy rate is 125. Rental includes use of sixteen (16) 8’ tables and approximately 130 chairs.

Guest Experience

Features include extensive natural lighting, a dedicated reception area, stage, ceiling fans and restrooms. 

Kitchen Facilities

Rental includes access to and use of a non-certified kitchen with extensive counter top space, an electric ceramic-top stove, refrigerator and sinks.


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Some Fun Facts About Us


Members Strong 


Scholarships Presented


Years Serving the Hilo Community


Teddy Bears Donated to Children’s Surgical Center