GET INVOLVED LOCALLY!
How To Participate Locally
- Become a Member: Cost is $85/year including local, state, and national dues. Go to aauw.org to join online or bring a check to a speaker meeting, payable to AAUW Maui Branch. Or, mail a check payable to AAUW Maui Branch, along with a completed application form to AAUW Maui Branch, PO Box 1352, Puunene HI 96784. Click here to download the application form.
- Monthly Speaker Meetings: 4th Saturday at 10:00am September – May (except December). A variety of interesting speakers and other special events offered each month. Location: Moose McGillycuddy’s in Kihei Cost: (members): $3/meeting (guests): $5/meeting. Plus, lunch purchase, if desired.
- Monthly Lunch Bunch: 2nd Tuesdays at 12-noon all year. Location varies. Try new restaurants in different parts of the island and get to know other members. Guests and significant others are welcome.
- Monthly Book Club: 1st Saturday at 12-noon September – May Location varies, members’ homes. Bring your own brown bag lunch. Members choose the fiction/non-fiction books selected for monthly discussions. Book reviews, summaries and author biographies are sent to book club members prior to discussions. Discussions are always lively and provide a way to meet other members.
Book list for 2020:
- January 4 BECOMING by Michelle Obama
As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.
- February 1 THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM by Marie Benedict
Hedy Kiesler is lucky. Her beauty leads to a starring role in a controversial film and marriage to a powerful Austrian arms dealer, allowing her to evade Nazi persecution despite her Jewish heritage. But Hedy is also intelligent. One night in 1937, desperate to escape her controlling husband and the rise of the Nazis, she disguises herself and flees her husband’s castle. She lands in Hollywood, where she becomes Hedy Lamarr, screen star. But Hedy is keeping a secret even more shocking than her Jewish heritage: she is a scientist. She has an idea that might help the country and that might ease her guilt for escaping alone — if anyone will listen to her. A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication.
- March 7 DAUGHTER OF MOLOKA’I: A NOVEL by Alan Brennert
Daughter of Moloka’i expands upon Ruth and Rachel’s 22-year relationship, only hinted at in Moloka’i. It’s a richly emotional tale of two women—different in some ways, similar in others—who never expected to meet, much less come to love one another. And for Ruth it is a story of discovery, the unfolding of a past she knew nothing about. Told in vivid, evocative prose that conjures up the beauty and history of both Hawaiian and Japanese cultures, it’s the powerful and poignant tale that readers of Moloka’i have been awaiting for fifteen years.
- April 4 EDUCATED: A MEMOIR by Tara Westover
An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University.
- May 2 THE GREAT ALONE by Christine Hannah
Alaska, 1974. Ernt Allbright came home from the Vietnam War a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes the impulsive decision to move his wife and daughter north where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier. But as winter approaches and darkness descends, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own.
- June 6 THE GOLDFINCH: A NOVEL by Donna Tartt
Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by a longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into a wealthy and insular art community. As an adult, Theo moves between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
- July 10 STAY WITH ME by Ayobami Adebayo
Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage—after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures—Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time—until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin’s second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. Which, finally, she does—but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine. An electrifying novel of enormous emotional power, Stay With Me asks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family.
- August 1 TOMORROW by Damian Dibben
Venice, 1815. A two-hundred-year-old dog is searching for his lost master. And so begins Tomorrow, a story of love that spans the centuries and of hope as the world collapses into war. Tomorrow is a dog who must travel through the courts and battlefields of Europe in search of the man who granted him immortality. His is a journey of loyalty and determination, as he befriends both animals and humans, falls in love—only once—marvels at the human ability to make music and despairs at their capacity for war. Tomorrow is a spellbinding novel of courage and devotion, of humanity across the ages and of the eternal connection between two souls.
- September 5 BOYS IN THE BOAT: NINE AMERICANS AND THEIR EPIC QUEST FOR GOLD AT THE 1930 OLYMPICS by Daniel James Brown
It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler.
- October 3 19 MINUTES by Jodi Picoult
It asks simple questions that have no easy answers: Can your own child become a mystery to you? What does it mean to be different in our society? Is it ever okay for a victim to strike back? And who — if anyone — has the right to judge someone else? In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge.
- November 7 THE LOST ART OF MIXING: THE SCHOOL OF ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS by Erica Bauermeister
Lillian and her restaurant have a way of drawing people together. There’s Al, the accountant who finds meaning in numbers; Chloe, a budding chef who hasn’t learned to trust after heartbreak; Finnegan, quiet and steady as a tree, who can disappear into the background despite his massive height; Louise, Al’s wife, whose anger simmers just below the boiling point; and Isabelle, whose memories are slowly slipping from her grasp. And there’s Lillian herself, whose life has taken a turn she didn’t expect…Their lives collide and mix with those around them, creating a family that is chosen, not given. A beautifully imagined novel about the ties that bind—and links that break—The Lost Art of Mixing is a captivating meditation on the power of love, food, and companionship.
- December 5 THE THREE-YEAR SWIM CLUB: THE UNTOLD STORY OF MAUI’S SUGARDITCH KIDS AND THEIR QUEST FOR OLYMPIC GLORY by Julie Checkoway
It is the tale of impoverished sugar plantation children on Maui who were challenged by an elementary teacher to swim literally and figuratively against the current of their circumstances and to become Olympic champions.
- January 4 BECOMING by Michelle Obama
- Great Decisions Discussion Group: meets 8 times annually at 12-noon Location varies, members’ homes. This is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The briefing book is published by the Foreign Policy Association and highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans today. While this is not an official AAUW Maui Branch group, all those interested in international affairs are welcome. Viewpoints and discussions cover a broad range of topics.
- Annual Whale Watch: 1st Sunday in March with Pacific Whale Foundation out of Ma’alaea Harbor. All are welcome! Be a volunteer, a participant, a donor, or a sponsor. (click here for more information)
- Wear Your “Colors”: Donate $20 (plus shipping, if required) and you will receive an official Maui Branch AAUW T-shirt in light blue. Contact Donations & Sponsors to receive yours.
New Interest Groups are Starting 2019-2020!
- NEW! – Bottles & Bites: This new monthly group will meet for sunset at a park or beach to enjoy food and fellowship. Bring your own “bottle” (beverage of your choice, wine, beer, soda, tea, etc) and a “bite” (finger-food appetizer) to share. Guests and significant others are welcome.
- NEW! –Tastes & Talk: A new opportunity to explore a variety of local cuisines each month at different restaurants for dinner and interesting conversation. Guests and significant others are welcome.
- NEW! – Stepping Out: Another new monthly gathering to enjoy Maui’s performing arts, including movies, plays, and concerts. Guests and significant others are welcome.