Welcome to the Maui Branch of AAUW!

Aloha!  My name is Cathy Thompson, and I am the President of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Maui Branch this year.  Our branch  began in 1962 with 45 women members. Currently, we have 68 members, several of whom are part-time residents and hold joint memberships in other branches.  The information below may help you decide if you want to check us out!  Mahalo. (Hawaiian for “Thank You”)

Due to COVID -19 concerns, the Speaker Meetings will be held on Zoom.  Members will be receiving information about how to attend in the Newsletters and through an email message the week before the meeting.

The Speaker Meetings are on the 4th Saturday morning. The topics continue to be interesting and diverse, with our speakers able to connect with us electronically from a variety of locations, often not on Maui!

If you are not a member, please contact Cathy Thompson, Maui Branch President, by email at cathyt808@gmail.com or by phone at 808 268-1232 for more information about joining the Zoom meeting.

NEWS! NEWS! NEWS! Starting in February 2021 (now!)
Do You Love Chocolate?    or    Need a Sweet Gift?
bag of chocolates

Maui Ku‘ia Estate Chocolate (MKEC) has launched an innovative program that gives back to the community called Chocolate Laulima, meaning “many hands working together”. Our Maui AAUW chapter has partnered with this cooperative program to help fund our student scholarships.

Through Chocolate Laulima, you can go to MKEC’s website and order bags of 50 or 25 5-gram individually wrapped chocolate pieces or their new 27-piece assortment box. The total amount for each bag sold is split 60/40 – 60% is retained by MKEC and the difference of 40% is returned to the Maui AAUW chapter. Maui Ku‘ia Estate Chocolate can ship to not only those here on the islands, but also to your friends and family on the mainland. Shipping charges apply to orders under $100. Locals may pick up the products at the Lahaina chocolate factory during normal open hours (will call) at no charge.

Your chocolate order will help us fund our scholarship program. Order your chocolates now at: https://mauichocolate.com/collections/american-association-of-university-women

AAUW’s Mission
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

AAUW’s Value Promise
By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance.

AAUW Membership
Membership is open to all graduates who hold an associate (diploma) or higher degree from an accredited college or university.

AAUW Maui Branch Speaker Meetings
AAUW Maui Branch Speaker Meetings are held on the fourth Saturday of most months at Moose McGillycuddy’s in Kihei – Social 10 a.m. Business Meeting 10:30 a.m. Speaker 11:00 a.m. and Lunch at noon.  We have varied and interesting speakers, and you are welcome to join us. See “Speakers” on this website and on the Calendar to the right for more information.

AAUW Maui Branch Interest Groups
Our interest groups include Book Club, Bottles & Bites, Great Decisions, Lunch Bunch, Stepping Out, and Tastes & Talk. New participants are welcome at any time. See “Interest Groups” on this website and on the Calendar to the right for more information.

AAUW Maui Branch Mission-based Project and Fundraiser
Providing three $2,000 Scholarships to students at UH Maui College is our mission-based goal. We sponsor a Whale Watch on the first Sunday in March to garner the funds for the scholarships. We have provided over $100,000 in scholarships over the last twenty years.

Why join Maui Branch?
Are you a full-time or part-time resident of Maui?  Are you a regular visitor?  Would you like to make new friends, enjoy learning opportunities, help with funding local scholarships, attend fun social events and be part of the valley isle community?  If yes is the answer to any of these, consider joining AAUW’s Maui Branch.  Our September through May monthly Speaker Meetings  cover many interesting topics and end with fun lunch discussions.  Interest groups such as Book Club and Great Decisions are other opportunities for being involved in lifelong learning.

The monthly Lunch Bunch interest group is a great way to socialize while trying out the different restaurants around Maui.  The new interest group, Tastes & Talk, provides a similar opportunity for dinner.  Guests, partners and spouses are welcome to attend.  Stepping Out is a new interest group that will bring us out to plays, movies and concerts.  Bottles & Bites joins us together for sunsets at the beach or a park.

Our major mission-based goal is to fund three $2,000 scholarships for University of Hawaii Maui College students who have demonstrated a commitment to college despite hardships such as being a single mother or being the first person in their family to attend college.  This involves fundraising, but you should know that even our fundraising is fun as our main fund raiser is a Whale Watch held on the first Sunday in March.  We also support AAUW National Funds promoting economic security and education/training for women through our donations.  Interested in projects to help others?  Work on finance seminars for women in high school and college, salary negotiation workshops, promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for girls and women and other programs? These are more reasons to get involved now!

Join today to get involved in advancing equity for women and girls, have fun and make great new friends.  You can click on the Membership tab for information about how to join, or you can contact me at (808) 268-1232.