As Women’s History Month approaches, it is time to once again honor the excellent women of Maui County. The Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) is now accepting nominations for its annual “Women of Excellence” awards program.
This year’s program celebrates the theme, “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government,” in conjunction with this year’s national theme observing Women’s History Month.
The CSW is seeking nominations of women who have succeeded against great odds, and whose diversity of experience demonstrates both the challenges and the opportunities they have faced.
Four Maui County women will be honored in the following categories: A Young Woman’s Experience (14-21 years old); A Woman’s Perspective (21-59 years of age); A Woman’s Insights and Contributions (60 years and older); and Honorary Historical Award (Posthumous).
Awardees will be selected based on their tenacity and ability to use the art of collaboration to create inclusive solutions and non-partisan policies, as well as for their skill and determination that serves to inspire future generations.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of the women who have helped shape Maui County,” said Ann Arakawa. “Please take a moment to thank an exceptional woman you know by nominating her for one of the award categories. These women are role models for all of us, and it’s important that we give them the recognition they deserve.”
Nominees and “Women of Excellence” winners will be recognized during a Women’s History Month awards presentation on March 24, 2016 from 3-5pm at a location to be announced.
Nomination forms are available online at Mauicounty.gov/CSW under the “Additional Information” heading. Forms are also available at the information booth in the main lobby of the County Building, and from the Office of the Mayor on the 9th floor of the County building. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
Recipients of 2015 awards included Kathy “Tita” Collins, Teresa Skinner, Agrifina Cabebe, Lyn McNeff, Stacey Moniz and Lois Reiswig. This year, Women’s History Month honors women from all cultural backgrounds and in all levels of public service and government who have shaped our County’s history and future through their public service and/or government leadership.
For more information about this year’s award program, contact Pili Nahooikaika at 808-270-7855 or via email at Pili.Nahooikaika@mauicounty.gov.
Photo of Kathy Collins courtesy Libraries Hawaii