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  • March 2020 - Edwina Lee, 2020 President President’s MessageEdwina Lee, 2020 President  Happy Easter Everyone! Since my installation on December 7, 2019, almost one quarter of the year has gone by. We had a very ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2020, 5:01 PM by Acuw Hawaii
  • January 2020 - Edwina Lee, 2020 President Happy New Year of the Rat! It is my honor to serve as your 89th President for ACUW. I had always heard about ACUW from my friends and I had ...
    Posted Jan 20, 2020, 3:03 AM by Acuw Hawaii
  • January 2016 - Trudy Ching, 2016 President Aloha Ladies of ACUW! I am humbled to serve as your 2016 ACUW President in the year of the Monkey.  I will do my best to uphold the objectives of ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2015, 11:33 AM by Acuw Hawaii
  • October 2015 - Ruth Hirai, 2015 President Thank you for the privilege of serving as your President in 2015. It’s been a challenging year, but I have learned a lot about ACUW and the Chinese community ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2015, 11:30 AM by Acuw Hawaii
  • August 2015 - Ruth Hirai, 2015 President Dear Ladies of ACUW, Thanks to each and every one of you who supported our Fashion Show Fundraiser, “A Taste of Creativity.” From the bottom of my heart, doh jay ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2015, 11:28 AM by Acuw Hawaii
  • May 2015 - President’s Message Ruth Hirai, 2015 President Dear Members of ACUW, I hope that each of you had a Happy Spring and a joyful Easter. June is right around the corner and marks the beginning of summer ...
    Posted May 16, 2015, 11:58 AM by Acuw Hawaii
  • March 2015 - President’s Message Ruth Hirai, 2015 President Dear Members of ACUW, Kung Hee Fat Choy!  I hope that this Year of the Sheep will be prosperous for you and your family.  Remember, this is the 4,713th ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2015, 7:24 PM by Acuw Hawaii
  • January 2015 President’s Message - Ruth Hirai, 2015 President Dear Members of ACUW, Thank you for allowing me to serve as President for 2015.  I will continue to promote our club’s legacy through our meetings and activities.  We ...
    Posted Dec 27, 2014, 8:46 PM by Acuw Hawaii
  • 2014 Outgoing President Speech - Blossom Mau, 2014 President Aloha Kakou - Mele Kalikemaka Greeting to one and all. Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year I would like to first and foremost THANK everyone for their support, advice and ...
    Posted Dec 27, 2014, 8:45 PM by Acuw Hawaii
  • October 2014 President’s Message - Blossom Mau, 2014 President Wow how time has just flown by! Our next meeting in November will be ACUW’s Election of Officers for 2015. We all have busy schedules with work and family ...
    Posted Dec 27, 2014, 8:42 PM by Acuw Hawaii
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March 2020 - Edwina Lee, 2020 President

posted Mar 6, 2020, 4:34 PM by Acuw Hawaii   [ updated Mar 6, 2020, 5:01 PM ]

President’s Message

Edwina Lee, 2020 President


  Happy Easter Everyone!

 Since my installation on December 7, 2019, almost one quarter of the year has gone by. We had a very successful January general membership meeting with about 75 members and three new prospective members attending. We were honored by four of new members who joined in 2019, with a fun and exciting dance performance and also their interesting research on the Chinese zodiac.

I was privileged as President to attend the United Chinese Society annual tea ceremony where we met all the new Presidents of other organizations in the Chinese community on Sunday, January 5th. I also attended the Narcissus pageant on Saturday, January 11th, as I was invited by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce President-Elect, Elvira Lo, who is a Past-President of ACUW.

The Elected Directors and the Board and all the Committee Chairs are hard at work planning for the rest of the year. Unfortunately, this year we did not do the Night in Chinatown Chinese New Year Parade as the sponsors for this event could not get the cooperation of the City and County of Honolulu and they could not get the funding either. We had a big cultural project at Kahala Mall to celebrate the Chinese New Year. It was well attended by the community and our members had a lot of fun.

My goal of recruiting 10 new members this year has been met part way as we have welcomed two new members, Diane Okubo and Rosemarie Woodruff, in this first quarter. I am hoping we can recruit more the next quarter. Our membership directory will be printed this year and will be passed out at the June general membership meeting. If you have not ordered your ACUW t-shirts, please do so by contacting Elvina Yamashiro. She will have the sample t-shirts available at the March general membership meeting for the members to try on.

Our Scholarship committee is hard at work and has uploaded the application and information onto the ACUW website. Our Legislative Review committee has started to work on the Policies and Procedures and we are thankful that we have recruited some very valuable members and past-presidents on this committee to help us with this task. It will be a long and tedious project, but we are hoping to complete it by the end of this year.

The Interest committee is hard at work planning all the interest projects for the rest of the year. Our first one will be on March 28th where we will visit a goat cheese farm in Waialua. This should be an interesting excursion and it is a long drive so we are recommending to carpool.

We have already presented a draft budget at our January general membership meeting and we will present the final budget at the March general membership meeting. In this issue, you can review the final budget and hopefully it will be passed by our general membership on March 7th with minimum discussion.

I am still looking for a President-Elect, however, we are already planning for the 2020 Christmas Installation. Wendie Liu has volunteered to chair this event, so if she calls on you to help, please offer your assistance to her.

If you or anyone knows of anyone who wants to join our organization, please let me know and I will direct them to our Membership Chair, Darlene Nakayama and we can start the process. Thank you again for believing in me and my new Board of Directors and I will do my best for this organization to the best of my abilities. Thank you.


January 2020 - Edwina Lee, 2020 President

posted Jan 20, 2020, 3:03 AM by Acuw Hawaii

Happy New Year of the Rat!

It is my honor to serve as your 89th President for ACUW. I had always heard about ACUW
from my friends and I had been asked when I was younger to join ACUW. However, I was
too busy with my four children and their extracurricular activities and I also had a full-time
job, so I never joined until Gretchen Jong asked me to come out, so I joined in August 2016.
At the September general membership meeting, Gretchen was the nominating chair during
that time, and she asked me to be treasurer. I told her she should ask the other members who
have been members for a longer time as I was a brand new member and actually did not know
much about the club, except I knew they did a nice fashion show event as a fundraiser as I
have attended several of them as a guest. I told her that if she really could not find anyone, 
then I would step up to be treasurer.

Well, as history goes, I became treasurer under Roberta Wong-Leung’s administration in 2017 and from then on, I have
always held a position on the Board of Directors.

My number one goal for ACUW as the President this year is to increase our membership and I would like to do a
membership drive with a fun and interesting activity. I would also like to bring in interesting guest speakers for our general
membership meetings and have it become more interactive with our membership. I will try to uphold the tradition of
ACUW and do cultural and community service and educational and fun interest projects that will benefit our membership.

Ongoing administrative projects are updating our website, which Jennifer Tseu is the chair for that project. Another one is
getting new shirts for our membership at cost, which Elvina Yamashiro has agreed to chair that one. Also giving each
member a hard copy of the most current membership directory, which Darlene Nakayama will handle. We also have an
ongoing legislative review committee that has been reviewing the Bylaws for the past two years which is headed by Sandy
Young. We hope we can finish reviewing and updating the Bylaws this year and have it passed by the general membership.
Since we will be updating our Bylaws, the Policies and Procedures will also need to be updated.

I am still looking for a President-Elect and an Elected Director with a 3-year term. If you or if you know of any members
who are interested in these positions, please contact Debra Lew -Wong or myself. My philosophy is the more active you
become in the club, the more you will benefit and learn from others. I hope that all of our members will support the club and
want to come out and participate in the projects planned for the year by the Board of Directors and committee chairs.

This year will also be the planning year for our 90th anniversary event which is co-chaired by Gretchen Jong and Serena
Kyi-Yim. If they call on you to do something for this event, please agree and help them out.

I look forward to getting to know more of our membership on a personal basis. I would love to hear all your ideas that will
make ACUW a better organization. Please feel free to contact me anytime either by email or text if you have any questions
or just call me. I will normally respond back to you within the same day. Thank you for believing in me and my new Board
of Directors and I will do my best for this organization to the best of my abilities. Thank you.

January 2016 - Trudy Ching, 2016 President

posted Dec 12, 2015, 11:33 AM by Acuw Hawaii

Aloha Ladies of ACUW!

I am humbled to serve as your 2016 ACUW President in the year of the Monkey.  I will do my best to uphold the objectives of the past, present and future endeavors of this organization.  I look forward to educating others about our Chinese culture and heritage, participating in the Chinese Community and Cultural events, and promoting fundraising scholarships for students with great potential. 

The theme of the December 5th Christmas Installation at the beautiful Wai‘alae Country Club is to be “Greater Together.”  With our new board in place, I know we can achieve so much more this year.

We plan to have a fun and exciting year ahead kicking off Chinese New Year at our 1st General Membership Luncheon at the Empress Restaurant (Cultural Plaza) on Saturday, January 9th. Please come and join us for a sumptuous Chinese lunch organized by Lottie Chun, 2016 Vice President.  It will be followed by a New Members' Program led by Susan Lee, 2015 Membership Chair.  The new members have been working hard to showcase their talents in a short program for us. Let's welcome them with open arms to ACUW! 

The following week on Sunday, January 17th, we will be assisting BOH Family Sunday Event at the Honolulu Museum of Art to celebrate the Year of the Monkey with the theme “Monkey Business.” Please come to support our ACUW members who are very much involved in this event including Natalie Wu, Pat Moberly, Maura Yee, and Lois Mui, our 2016 Cultural Event Chairs. 

Then on Saturday January 30th, we will be participating in the Chinatown Parade Event led by Fawn Shang, 2016 Event Chair.  It is a cultural/ community celebration that will give us exposure amongst other Chinese organizations involved in this festive parade.  We encourage you to participate!

Besides all these activities, we will be celebrating our major 85th Anniversary of the founding of this organization led by Canossa Choy, 2016 Chair and Mildred Wong, 2016 Entertainment Chair.  It will surely be a birthday celebration for all to remember at the Honolulu Country Club on Saturday, May 7th.  Save that date!

Have a happy and safe holiday season! Merry Christmas, and Happy New 2016!

October 2015 - Ruth Hirai, 2015 President

posted Dec 12, 2015, 11:30 AM by Acuw Hawaii

Thank you for the privilege of serving as your President in 2015. It’s been a challenging year, but I have learned a lot about ACUW and the Chinese community. I learned that ACUW is one of many organizations in our Chinese community trying to preserve its heritage, but it is one that others respect and want to learn more about. We MUST get involved with other Chinese organizations, and we MUST recruit younger, new members if ACUW is to survive.

September was a busy month with the kick-off for the Betty and Walter Chang Challenge, our visit to Pālolo Chinese Home, and the Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration, both on the same day. Mahalo to Susan and Jeri for collecting one-third of our donations at the September meeting. Over 20 ladies visited with the residents of PCH who were happy to see us. It was rewarding seeing the smiles on their faces. The residents enjoyed our chair exercises, our hula “Lovely Hula Hands,” and Shari’s therapy dogs. Thank you, Mona, for doing an outstanding job. The Mid-Autumn Festival was small with few booths, but we shared our Chinese arts and crafts with the 63 children who stopped by our booth. Mahalo to Hong, Marilyn, Lois, and Carolyn Misajon for their help.

Ongoing throughout the year was the sale of our cookbook which has helped us raise funds for our Scholarship Fund.

ACUW has endorsed the Sun Yat-sen Garden as part of Foster Botanical Garden. We hope this project will be a legacy to the community as we celebrate our 85th anniversary. We also donated $2,500 to Pālolo Chinese Home for their Capital Campaign.

The year is coming to an end for me, but I have many cherished memories. I’d like to thank all of the officers, elected directors, and committee chairs who put many hours into planning and coordinating our activities. But mostly, thanks to you, to each and every member, who participated in the many activities that ACUW offered. YOU made it all worthwhile! Xie xie, Doh jay, and Mahalo for the wonderful opportunity you’ve given me. 

August 2015 - Ruth Hirai, 2015 President

posted Dec 12, 2015, 11:28 AM by Acuw Hawaii

Dear Ladies of ACUW,

Thanks to each and every one of you who supported our Fashion Show Fundraiser, “A Taste of Creativity.” From the bottom of my heart, doh jay and xie xie. Mahalo nui loa to Shari Lee-Huntoon, Anna Chang, and Jeri Jeffryes for their time, effort, and hard work. ACUW is truly lucky to have members as enthusiastic as they are. They worked hard planning and seeing through each phase of the fundraiser. I am also grateful to each of you who attended the Fashion Show, and to those of you who were unable to attend, we know you were there in spirit. The Fashion Show was stunning, exhilarating, and showcased the creativity of five up-and-coming designers, all recent graduates of UH Mānoa School of Fashion Design and Merchandising.

Many of you donated baked goods, items for the Silent Auction and/or Lucky Draw, and helped with the succulent plants for our Summer Garden. I believe this Fundraiser helped to bring together many members as we worked toward a common goal: raising funds for scholarships and community service.

I hope that each of you has had a relaxing summer despite the heat. We have a busy fall season ahead, and I hope to see you at the Pālolo Chinese Home visit and/or the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration.

Gretchen Jong and her Nominating Committee may be calling you soon. Please consider serving in some capacity for one year. Your President-Elect Trudy Ching is looking for members who will bring new ideas to our meetings.

Our next project will be the Betty and Walter Chang Matching Funds Challenge. (See related article in this Bulletin.) Please consider donating to this worthy cause which will benefit our scholarship recipients by increasing their awards. Since our club is a 501(c)3 organization, your donations are completely tax deductible.

Thank you again for your support at each of our activities. It is with pride that I represent ACUW at various community events.

Mahalo nui loa

May 2015 - President’s Message Ruth Hirai, 2015 President

posted May 16, 2015, 11:58 AM by Acuw Hawaii

Dear Members of ACUW,

I hope that each of you had a Happy Spring and a joyful Easter. June is right around the corner and marks the beginning of summer. Being a former teacher, I looked forward to the summer break and tried to plan fun activities for the family. I am sure that you have a variety of activities planned with your children and grandchildren. It helps to bring our families together and keeps us in touch with each other.

We have one of our most important events coming up, “A Taste of Creativity,” and we are asking for your support once again. After not having a Fundraiser Fashion Show in 2014, ACUW is once again undertaking this tremendous project. We are partnering with the UH Mānoa School of Fashion Design & Merchandising and presenting original designs by their six graduating seniors. As you know proceeds will go toward our Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships as well as monies to carry out our club’s mission. Please buy a ticket for yourself, a friend, and maybe even consider getting a table for other relatives and friends. Anna Chang, Shari Lee-Huntoon and their committee chairs have worked hard to make this event memorable, and you are in for a treat.

Mahalo to Sandi Shiroma who planned our fabulous lū‘au with a great MC, club members entertaining us with a Chinese dance, Bingo, prizes galore, and “ono” food. Thanks also to Natalie Wu who organized our Cooking Demo with Gordon Lum. Once again, we had a delicious lunch of chow fun and spareribs with members contributing pupu and dessert.

Please join us at our June meeting when our scholarship recipients will be introduced.

Mahalo nui loa

March 2015 - President’s Message Ruth Hirai, 2015 President

posted Feb 25, 2015, 7:24 PM by Acuw Hawaii

Dear Members of ACUW,

Kung Hee Fat Choy!  I hope that this Year of the Sheep will be prosperous for you and your family.  Remember, this is the 4,713th year on the lunar calendar. If you were born in the year of the Sheep, you are charming, elegant, artistic, and enjoy material comforts.

Thank you for your participation in our Chinese New Year activities.  Lorena McGovern coordinated our presence in the Night in Chinatown Parade and over 50 members and their guests walked or rode on the trolley.  The public is surely aware of our existence with our banner, lanterns, and colorful clothing.

One of our biggest Cultural and Community Service activities is co-sponsoring the Honolulu Museum of Art Family Sunday with Bank of Hawaii and the Museum.  Thanks, Lois Mui, for coordinating this project and getting our members to share their cultural knowledge and expertise with the community.

I represented our club recently at three events:  the Christmas Installation of both the Chinese Women’s Club and the Organization of Chinese American Women, and the United Chinese Society Open House.  These three events helped me to better understand ACUW’s role in the Chinese community.  We cannot continue to exist as an organization by ourselves, but we must be part of the whole Chinese community in Hawai‘i, supporting each other’s activities. 

Ladies, I ask for your continued support for our future activities.  We have many more activities planned for 2015 with the Family Luau in March, Interest Committee Cooking demonstration in April, and our biggie, the Fundraiser in June.  Details can be found in this Bulletin.  Please mark your calendars, and I look forward to seeing you at these events.

Mahalo nui loa

January 2015 President’s Message - Ruth Hirai, 2015 President

posted Dec 27, 2014, 8:46 PM by Acuw Hawaii

Dear Members of ACUW,

Thank you for allowing me to serve as President for 2015.  I will continue to promote our club’s legacy through our meetings and activities.  We have a great planning team of Officers, Directors, and Chairpersons to help us achieve our goals. Two thousand and fifteen, the Year of the Ram, will be an exciting year.

My theme for this year is simple: Collaboration and Culture, Fun and Fellowship.  Let’s continue to perpetuate our Chinese culture while having fun with our friends.  Let’s continue to support educational and charitable activities and have fun while doing it. We have worked hard the past few years applying for our 501©3 status.  Now that we have achieved that goal, let’s celebrate and have fun and fellowship with friends sharing the same interests and goals.  Let’s collaborate as we plan for ACUW’s future.

I think we’re off to a great start.  Please help ACUW continue to thrive and grow.  Your Board cannot do it alone.  We count on each and every one of you. 

I hope you will join in our activities for 2015.  We have a great year planned. Most activities are listed in this bulletin.  And if you have any concerns, let us know by calling your Member Representative or any of your officers, directors, or committee chairpersons including myself.  Our names are listed in this bulletin.  We want to keep the lines of communication open.  Remember, ACUW is you, and you are ACUW.  Have a festive and safe holiday season.

2014 Outgoing President Speech - Blossom Mau, 2014 President

posted Dec 27, 2014, 8:45 PM by Acuw Hawaii

Aloha Kakou - Mele Kalikemaka

Greeting to one and all. Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year

I would like to first and foremost THANK everyone for their support, advice and friendships during 2014. Without you all I would not be standing here

I have learned much this year and know as President one has to wear many, many, many hats -- leader, decision maker, friend, mother, sister, advisor, counselor, good listener, shoulder to lean on or cry to, scape goat . But most of all to be a person who is flexible, bendable, who cares about the future of ACUW. To be president one needs to put aside any ego, self gratitude, not to micro-manage and trust those around them while being true to one self.

Throughout the year I have made new friendships, gotten to put faces with names and discovered what a tremendous amount of talented, educated and caring group of women you all are.

In the Year of the Horse 2014 – we have prepared the way for the Future of ACUW. This organization will continue to grow and learn from one another.

We accomplished our goals while each and every officer and committee chair stayed within their budget. Thank you for not over spending and being money conscience - such is the Chinese way

This year 2014 we received the long awaited 501c3 Tax Status which will be retroactive to 2012. The Membership Directory was printed and being distributed as promised. The fabulous cookbook “ACUW’s Family Favorites” was completed, published, received and on sale to members and the public. Monies from the proceed will be voted on by our membership but Cookbook Chairpersons: May Lee Chung and Dorothy Mau would love to see the monies used for our Scholarship Award and Palolo Chinese Home.

What a great Christmas Installation. Thank you Ruth Hirai, Sylvia Ching and Fran Kramer for putting it all together.

Ladies, the Year of the Ram is right around the corner - February 19, 2015.

“The Sheep (Goat) is a Yin energy, a symbol of Peace, Harmonious co-existence and Tranquility. It is also the 8th animal in the Chinese zodiac

It will be a year of banding together in faith and in belief that good will prevail and win out over the forces that refuse to comply to a peaceful way of life. For those who trust in goodness, happiness and success will follow.

The Ram, oddly enough, is thought to be the most feminine sign of the zodiac, perhaps because this is a very creative sign. So Ladies.. it is the year of ACUW women to shine.

Congratulations and Best Wishes to your 2015 President Ruth Hirai and her core of Officers and Committee Chairpersons.

XieXie
Malama Pono
Blossom Mau
ACUW Past President 2014

October 2014 President’s Message - Blossom Mau, 2014 President

posted Dec 27, 2014, 8:42 PM by Acuw Hawaii

Wow how time has just flown by!

Our next meeting in November will be ACUW’s Election of Officers for 2015. We all have busy schedules with work and family as well as maintaining a lifestyle that keeps us all occupied with our various organizations.  That is why we, the women of ACUW, are well able to multitask and keep ACUW as a working organization in the Chinese and local community. I am truly blessed to have your support throughout the year.

Thank you so much to Linda Young, Vice President for running the September meeting since I was indisposed.

I am grateful to all who have decided to take a position as officers in this wonderful organization.  Great job and Mahalo to our Nominating committee, headed by Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock, for their hard work in asking the many varied members to look closely in their heart and help carry on the difficult positions of running this organization. 

The Community Service Committee, led by Dorothy Mau, has sent out checks to numerous non-profit organizations to assist the Chinese community and those less fortunate than us.  Checks went out to United Chinese Society Qing Ming Celebration, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Pālolo Chinese Home, Chinatown Business and Community Association, Chinese Heritage Center, Hawai‘i Meals on Wheels, Lanakila Multipurpose Senior Center, Hawai‘i Food Bank, and Hawai‘i History Center.  Dorothy is still collecting canned good and money donations for the Food Bank.

Our own Beverly Mau chaired the United Chinese Society’s Moon Festival held September 20, 2014.  It was wonderful to see Hong Jiang perform on stage – what a beautiful voice.  Cora Haberman, Cultural chairperson, with the assistance of Hong Jiang set up our moon cake demonstration booth.  Samples of moon cake were offered to the many attendees and everyone got to try their hand in forming the dough into moon cakes. It was wonderful to have different members volunteer to help out as well as those who always come – Vivian Ho and her mother, Dorothy Mau, Blossom Mau, Betty Louie, Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock, Darlene Young and Blossom Wong.

Ladies, exciting news flash:  our cookbook ACUW’s Family Favorites is completed.  It is a sight to behold.  Kudos to our Cookbook chairpersons – May Lee Chung and Dorothy Mau along with their committee members: Fran Kramer, who did beautiful work on the cover and insets; Bevery Mau, Blossom Mau, Millie Lui, and Ida Mai for their proofreading, typing and storage.  Our cookbook will make fabulous gifts for your entire family and friends as well as at least one for yourself.  The recipes are just yummy.

This past September we were able to honor and recognize all Past Presidents who attended our 4th General Membership Meeting.  XieXie to Dorothy Mau and Beverly Mau for assisting in presenting leis and flower bouquets to Canossa Choy, Betty Jong, Marjorie Lau, Pat Lau, Christine Ling, Peggy Ching, Lois Mui, Dorothy Mau, Beverly Mau, Thelma Nip, Jane Pang, Blossom Wong, Sandra Young and Susan Lee.  

Chinese Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring their annual Splendor of China on November 1 - 2, 2014.  ACUW will have a booth setup with photographs and flyers to help the community learn more about our organization.  Cora Haberman, Cultural Committee chair will be looking for volunteers to sit at the booth for both Saturday and Sunday.  Please sign up to assist in the booth and enjoy the various activities other organizations will present. 

Ladies, our Christmas Installation Event is fast approaching.  We will be celebrating the Holidays and installing the 2015 Officers on December 6, 2014 (more info to come).

XieXie

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