Zonta Hilo program set for Monday, June 14th

Contact your team leaders to sign up.  The new Zonta year will be active, with Membership a priority.  Mele Spencer is the new Area Director, so a spotlight will be on Zonta Hilo.  Congratulations, Mele!

For a printable PDF of the flyer, click here: zonta 0610programflyerF


Zontian Dawn Pung Named Outstanding Older American

Dawn Pung seated between Zontians Ellen Aoki and Lily Inouye. Standing Zontians: Pat O'Toole, Irene Nagao, Jane Kawachi and Wilma Matsumura

Zonta Club of Hilo ace member, former president, former Zonta District 9 area director, Dawn Pung was named Hawaii County’s Outstanding Older American female.  She joins Victor Beardsley who was the male awardee.  She will be honored with others from around the state at a luncheon with Gov. Lingle in Honolulu.

Zonta Club of Hilo nominated Dawn for the honor.  Here are the first couple paragraphs of the nomination and a link to the pdf of the whole thing…

“Dawn Pung is a caregiver. Yet she somehow makes all the work that goes into that care seem part of a festival. Like the Pied Piper, she plays a tune that has hordes of friends and acquaintances following her off to one volunteer effort or another, “Come on. It’ll be fun.” And it usually is.  Whether it’s a pre-dawn rendevous with triathletes, or Moonlight Madness for the Cancer Society, a vigil against domestic violence, a prayer for peace or a fundraiser where you need to lay your money down, Dawn is the energizing force that keeps it focused and fun.

She seems to be everywhere all the time.  Yet she remains fiercely family-centered. Experienced working mother herself, she is determined to make the working-mom life easier for her daughter.  Every day that she’s in Hilo, Dawn prepares—and delivers—dinner to her daughter’s active family. Dinner and her and husband Ernie’s support was particularly helpful for daughter Penny when her husband, a National Guardsman, was deployed to the Middle East.  Dawn’s quite a lady, always well groomed,so it may be hard to imagine, but she’squick to help Ernie on the ranch, feeding livestock, and well, you know…

She takes caregiving from the closest point, her family and friends, to the largest—international efforts to advance the status of women. ”

Congratulations, Dawn!

Link to more of nomination… dawn 5f

Click here for link to Hawaii Tribune Herald story

Hilo Zonta to Install Officers; Hear Manu Meyer, Ph.D.

Manu Aluli Meyer, Ph.D., associate professor of education at University of Hawaii-Hilo will speak at the May 10, 2010 Zonta of Hilo installation dinner.

The dinner program begins at 5:30 p.m. at Naniloa Volcanoes Resort Palm Lounge.  Reservations required. Cost is $22.

May 2010 program flyer

Zonta Hilo Program Focus: Children Victims

This month’s program will feature Charlene Takeno of the State’s Missing Child Center and Detective James Gusman of the County’s Juvenile Aid Section.

Monday, April 12, 5:30 p.m. $22. Reservations required.

There’s been heightened concern and questions about runaways and vulnerability of teenagers due to a widely circulated e-mail on Hawaii Island.  Our speakers are not able to discuss that specific situation, but will respond to reports of missing children.

Charlene Takeno works closely with local police, Hawaii Internet and Technology Crimes Unit, the Children’s Justice Center and the Sex Abuse Treatment Center to deal with runaways, especially those at risk for prostitution or online enticement.

The Missing Child Center locates and recovers missing children and reunites them with family.  The Center works to prevent child abduction in the State.

April is National Child Abuse Awareness & Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Zonta Area 7 Workshop Focuses on Sustainability

Hanalei Zontians hosted this year's Area 7 workshop with Clubs from Oahu, Hawaii Island and Kauai participating.

The early March Area Workshop, hosted by The Zonta Club of Hanalei, was based on a sustainability theme.  Six Hilo Zontians attended: Janet Fujioka, Eleanor Hirano, Mele Spencer, Dawn Pung, Wilma Matsumura and Barbara Hastings.

Mele Spencer is the Area Director-Elect.

The Zonta Club of Hanalei website is www.zontaclubofhanalei.com

Well wishers fill Zonta Hilo’s event to honor Helene Hale

About 75 people attended the dinner to honor Helene Hale on United Nations International Women’s Day Monday (March 8, 2010.) For Hilo on a Monday, that’s proof of the fantastic draw that Ms. Hale, who will be 92 later this month, commands.  Zonta Club of Hilo organized the honor.

Hilo Zontians and Zonta District 9 Advocacy Chair Kolua Seiko (left of Hale.)

Mayor Billy Kenoi  spoke of her tireless (actually he said ‘indefatigable’) efforts to make the world a better place;  Elroy Osorio, who served with her as elected county officials,  said there are politicians and there are statesmen, and Helene Hale has always been a statesman.

Members of  the United Nations Association Chapter  that she started in Hawaii were on hand,  with members of the League of Women Voters of which she is a dedicated member.  Each organization, including the YWCA of Hawaii Island, spoke of Ms. Hale’s contributions.  She was the first woman executive in Hawaii government since Queen Liliuokalani; the first African American elected to office in Hawaii; she battled in the state Legislature for her Puna district. She went to Beijing in the ‘90s with the League of Women Voters to participate in the U.N. Forum on Women.

Zontians honored Ms. Hale with the Rose Award for her lifetime of service.  Zonta Club of Hilo is part of Zonta International whose mission is to advance the status of women worldwide.

Kolua Seiko, Zonta International’s District 9 Advocacy Chair, who works on Zonta’s and the UN’s initiatives to reach the world’s women, took part in honoring Ms. Hale.  Seiko was in Hawaii to address Zonta’s Area 7 Workshop on Kauai over the weekend and flew over to attend the Hilo event.

More photos:

Councilmember Dennis 'Fresh' Onishi was among those who spoke at the event.

Mayor Kenoi with Hale and RJ Hampton.

Flanking Hale are Zontians Dawn Pung, Julie Tulang, Jan Higashi, Karolyn Lundkvist, Mele Spencer and in back, Barbara Hastings. Pung is former Zonta Area 7 director, Spencer is director-elect and Tulang is a past district governor. Photos by Bo-Goran Lundkvist.

Helene Hale to receive Zonta Rose Award

Helene Hale, center, with Hilo Zontians Julie Tulang, left, and Mele Spencer, right.

HILO, HI, February 8, 2010 — In recognition of United Nations International Woman’s Day, the Zonta Club of Hilo will present its Rose Award to Helene Hale for her lifetime of service as an elected official representing Hawaii County.

Ms. Hale, 91, will receive the award at a dinner sponsored by the Zontians March 8, 5:30 p.m. at the Naniloa Hotel Sandalwood Room.

“Helene Hale epitomizes both the struggle and achievements we seek to emphasize,” said Hilo Zonta Club president, Kathleen Nielsen. “She holds a history of firsts and proves there are no boundaries for women.”

Ms. Hale came to the Big Island in 1947 and was elected to the Board of Supervisors (predecessor to the County Council) in 1955.  By 1962, she was elected Chairman, which was the equivalent of Mayor.  This made Hale the first woman to hold an executive office in Hawaii government since the reign of Queen Liliuokalani.

She was also the first African-American to hold elected office in Hawaii.

More recently, Ms. Hale is best remembered for her service in the state House of Representatives as a dogged legislator from the Puna district.  She’s been honored with the Pahoa School gymnasium being named after her, since she fought zealously to get it started, some 37 years after the state first promised it.

Ms. Hale is an avowed internationalist; she started the United Nations Association Chapter here and went to Beijing in the ‘90s with the League of Women Voters to participate in the U.N. Forum on Women.

“I’m basically an educator,” she said, and so was instrumental in the Model U.N. here.  While she is a committed Democrat, Ms. Hale gives Gov. Linda Lingle great credit for having an international outlook.

“Hawaii has something to offer the whole world,” she said. “The aloha spirit.  We could teach them an awful lot about how to get along.  That’s because of the Hawaiian culture.”

Ms. Hale said that women still have a long way to go.  “Back in the ‘20s, when we first got the vote, they said things would change;” except for pockets, they really haven’t, she said.

“The U.S. is one of the very few countries in the world” that hasn’t adopted a statement on equality for women, she said.  The U.S. is one of the few that hasn’t ratified the United Nations’ “Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.”

The dinner to honor Ms. Hale is open to the public, with reservations.  There is a $27 fee for dinner.  For information, contact Julie Tulang at jtulang@hawaii.rr.com or at 969-1601.

The Zonta Club of Hilo is part of Zonta International whose mission is to advance the status of women worldwide.  The Hilo Club does this through service, fundraising and fellowship.