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    Date: Sunday - 3/26/2017
    Time: 11am - 2pm
    Waialae Country Club
    4997 Kahala Ave
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96816
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Women Making History Awards Celebration & Book Signing Luncheon


Why should you attend this event? Don't take it from us... ask our Honorees... :) Click on the video links below:

2017 Women Making History Honorees:

Brigadier General, Suzanne P. Vares-Lum (Video -

Commissioner, Lorraine H Akiba (Video -

Ms. Leslee Matthews (Video -

Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer (Video -

Ms. Meleanna Aluli Meyer (Artist, Educator & Filmmaker)

Dr. Joanne Williams-Lozoya (Emergency Care Surgeon)

March is National Women's History Month. Sisters Empowering Hawaii (SEH) Awards Celebration offers a platform to interact with SEH partner organizations from business and financial community who are committed to create and support solutions to forge relationships with hundreds of small businesses and women entrepreneurs.

You are all invited to participate in a unique opportunity to establish new relationships and gain valuable insights into the critical issues facing mission-based leaders, business service providers and their private sector partners and participants.

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Hawaii Women To Receive Awards at National Women's History Month Event

In recognition of National Women's History Month, Sisters Empowering Hawaii will present the Women Making History Crystal Award and the Hawaii Global Peace and Social Justice Award to six women who have made exceptional contributions to their communities and society. The 2nd Annual Women Making History Awards Luncheon is open to the public and will be held Sunday, March 26, 11:00AM to 2:00PM at Waialae Country Club. The cost is $75 per ticket, with sponsorships ranging from $500 to $3,000. Part of the event proceeds will be donated to Women's Fund Hawaii, and each attendee will receive a Sisters Empowering Hawaii membership entitling them to a $5,000 scholarship from Argosy University.

Five of the six women being honored are local residents, and all were selected for their leadership, accomplishments, and principles. This year's honorees are:

Lorraine H. Akiba, appointed to Hawaii Public Utilities Commission in January 2012. Current member of the Advisory Council to the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute; member of the U.S. DOE and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Future Electric Utility Regulation Advisory Group; Board of Directors member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and its Energy Resources and Environment Committee.

Brigadier General Suzanne P. Vares-Lum, Mobilization Assistant to Director of Strategic Plans and Policy, U.S. Pacific Command at Camp Smith, Hawaii. Brigadier General Vares-Lum plays a key role in the Pacific Command's effort to shape and maintain regional security through development of diplomatic, economic, and military policies. This includes building and maintaining military-to-military and political-military policies relationships among 43 nations within the Pacific region covering more than 51% of the globe.

Joanne Williams-Lozoya, MD, nationally and internationally recognized speaker on emergency medicine, trauma resuscitation and critical care topics. Founding member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine; diplomat of the American Board of Emergency Medicine; Past-chair of the Emergency Medicine Section of the National Medical Association and an Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at Charles Drew University, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

Meleanna Aluli Meyer, a practicing artist, educator, author and filmmaker. Ms. Meyer has taught in a diverse range of educational settings both public and private, at the University level, in the charter schools, and as an artist in residence. She has produced three documentaries; is a published author and illustrator, with her work currently on display in the Hawaii State Museum and the Honolulu City and County collection. Community and social justice issues define much of the work she does.

Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer, Director of Indigenous Education at University of Hawaii West Oahu. Dr. Meyer is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and has published on the topic of native intelligence and its synergistic linkages to quantum sciences, transformational and whole thinking, and to liberating evaluation and pedagogy. Her book, Ho'oulu: Our Time of Becoming -- Hawaiian Epistemology and Early Writings, is in its third printing.

Leslee Matthews, social justice advocate and two-time Graduate Student scholarship recipient. She is a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work, and is a current second year law student at William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii. Currently serves as the Western Regional Chair of the National Black Law Students Association.

In addition to receiving the Women Making History Crystal Award, one of these awardees will be presented with the Hawaii Global Peace and Social Justice Award at the awards luncheon. To purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, email or call 808-276-0978.

Sisters Empowering Hawaii is considered by many as Hawaii's foremost women's empowerment organization. It is dedicated to the advancement, education, and empowerment of all women in Hawaii, providing opportunities for women to change careers, continue education, and find mentors in their chosen profession.

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