What is the Hilo Woman’s Club? We are a group of compassionate, dedicated women who come together to effect good in our community. The Hilo Woman’s Club is a purposeful gathering of women who bring with them their variety of ages, experiences, interests, skills, and talents. We learn together, we labor together, we brainstorm together and we laugh together…all of this with the specific purpose of improving lives of our neighbors, our communities, our OHANA.

In 1921 the Hilo Woman’s Club was formed by a gathering of visionary women. Women who were very progressive for their era. The club was incorporated as a community non-profit organization and we work under this banner today. What has been accomplished in the past 95 years? Read the words of our very dedicated and longest continuous serving past President below:

“Our Club has enjoyed a proud history of success over the years, spearheading many worthy projects and endeavors that have led to change in Hilo and the surrounding areas. We have been strong and firm advocates for improvement by undertaking projects of beautification, recreation, education, health and welfare. We have planted coconut and palm trees in various locations around town, donated playground equipment to parks, and contributed to Panaewa Zoo, the Humane Society and Rainbow Animal Sanctuary. We have, also, made contributions to Hilo United Nations, Hilo Medical Center Foundation Emergency Department, Hospice of Hilo, Food Basket, Hawaii Girl Scouts, Child and Family Services, Family Programs Hawaii, Hilo High School Academic Decathlon, General Diversified Development Corporation and Christmas Wish Program.

Our outreach program’s have included  “We Care Teddy Bear”  committee which  provided over 3000 stuffed animals to the keiki (children) in our community through the Children’s Surgical Center, Christmas Parade, Merrie Monarch Parade and other charitable events/organizations. During the holiday season we sponsor and host a party for underprivileged kids from our community. Through our scholarship program we support the education of young people in our community. This year we were very excited to present three (3) $1000 scholarships to some very deserving students.” Beverly Heikes 2008-2016

Why has the Hilo Woman’s Club been so successful? In truth, it is no secret: we work together and reach out to others together and thus, the difference is made. Today we face an uncomfortable truth: there greater need than ever. We remain united in our commitment to lift up our neighbors in need, to support and encourage education for our youth, and to make our communities a better place to live.

As we work together to face and push back against these ever increasing needs, we continue to invite other women with kind hearts and dedication to make a difference to join us. Please, come and visit us and see what we do, who we are, and that here you will find a harmonious group a like-minded women who are committed to service and change.

The efforts and achievements of the Hilo Woman’s Club would be much less if it were not for the continuous support of community members. Mahalo nui loa for making all we do possible. Mahalo again for your continued commitment to join arms with us and serve the community of which we are all a part.

Warmest Aloha,
Jan Kuester

 

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