The council passed Bill 62 (2014) on first reading, appropriating an additional $5000 to the Office of the Mayor for the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women grant.
Budget and Finance Committee report 14-105 notes the funds will support the following:
- A Women’s Equality event showcasing a documentary film entitled “Rise of the Wahine,” featuring the history of the University of Hawaii Wahine Volleyball Team, and highlighting the important work of Patsy T. Mink, Dr. Donnis Thompson, and several others in their efforts to bring equality to women in academics and athletics;
- A Domestic Violence Awareness event, to discuss and educate men and women on issues surrounding domestic violence;
- Active Aging Week; and
- Women’s History Month.
In March, the committee held the Women of Excellence Awards in the Council Chamber to honor these outstanding female leaders in Maui County:
- Sheri-Ann Daniels – “Woman of Excellence Award,” presented to a woman 21 years and older for being an exemplary role model, while championing a diverse number of causes in exhibiting impeccable character, courage and commitment.
- Alberta de Jetley – “Career Achievement Award,” presented to a woman whose outstanding character, courage and commitment has made her an inspirational leader in achieving greatness in her career.
- Elizabeth Rosemary Betty Baker Breen Janes-Brown – “Honorary Historical Award,” presented posthumously to an extraordinary woman who has left a legacy of bravery and indelible memories in her outstanding character, courage and commitment. Paul Janes-Brown accepted the award on behalf of his late wife.
- Agnes Groff – “Unsung Hero Award,” presented to a woman who is often the behind-the-scenes dynamic-force going above-and-beyond in distinguished service and compassion in her commitment to character and courage.
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