2019 LeaderLuncheon

MAY 15, 2019 | 12-1:30 PM


Nominations FOR 2019 LeaderLuncheon Honorees

For 41 years, YWCA O‘ahu has honored women who have demonstrated leadership and made a difference in our community. We invite you to nominate an outstanding woman to be recognized at 2019 LeaderLuncheon. 

Women selected will exemplify the following qualities:

  • Is female and a resident of Hawai‘i;

  • Must embody YWCA Oahu's mission through their empowerment of women and the community;

  • Is a role model, creates opportunities, and/or advocates for the advancement of women and girls;

  • Is a leader in her community; and

  • Is inspirational.

Honorees must:

  • Attend the 42nd Annual LeaderLuncheon event on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

  • Participate in pre- and post-event promotional activities.

Expectations of nominators:

  • Attend the Honorees' meet-and-greet gathering to be held in early March;

  • Recruit Honorees's family, friends and colleagues to sponsor tables at 2019 LeaderLuncheon.

Nominations must include:

  1. Completed nomination form (click here to download a fillable form).

  2. Nomination essay which addresses the following:

    1. How the nominee meets the qualities of a YWCA Honoree (see qualities above);

    2. Additional information that makes the nominee worthy of selection.

    3. Affiliation or relationship to the YWCA, if any.

  3. Two letters of support.

  4. Optional: newspaper or magazine article, photos, or other documents about the nominee. Note that these materials will not be returned.

  5. All of the above (items 1-4) must not exceed 10 one-sided pages (8.5 x 11 inches).

*Note: A checklist has been provided for assistance (click here to download a fillable form).


  • All applications must be received in full by 4:00pm HST, Friday, November 16, 2018.

  • Completed application must include YWCA O‘ahu nomination form, nomination essay, two letters of support, and any additional optional support documents (e.g., news articles). Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

  • Email to: leaderluncheon@ywcaoahu.org

  • Or mail/hand-deliver to:
    Attn: LeaderLuncheon
    YWCA O‘ahu
    1040 Richards Street
    Honolulu, HI 96813

Announcement of Honorees will be made by February 2019.

For questions and more information, contact Cecilia Fong at leaderluncheon@ywcaoahu.org or call 808.695.2620.

YWCA O‘ahu LeaderLuncheon Academy

2018 LeaderLuncheon Academy Member Photo

2018 LeaderLuncheon Academy Member Photo

Academy members

2018: Julie Arigo, Catherine Ngo, Ginny Tiu, Loretta Luke Yajima

2017: Bettina Mehnert, Connie Mitchell, Susan Murray, Crystal Rose

2016: Marilyn Lee, Helen Nakano, Donna Tanoue, Betty White

2015: Mary M. Cooke, Kathryn W. Inouye, Laura Smith, Candice Suiso

2014: Marilyn M. Moniz-Kaho'ohanohano, Karen Radius, Cecile D. Sebastian, Helen N. Wai

2013: Dee Jay Mailer, Paula R. Rath, Lorenn Walker, Sylvia H. Yuen

2012: Belinda A. Aquino, Lucy M. Gay, Ann H. Kobayashi, Betty Lou Larson, Shelley Wilson

2011: Vicky Cayetano, Colleen E. Minami, Suzanne Chun Oakland, Catherine H. Payne, Linda Rosario

2010: Violeta Arnobit, Faye Kennedy, Nancy Kreidman, Nola Nahulu, Leslie Wilcox

2009: Erlinda M. Cachola, Suzanne  Case, Anna Elento-Sneed, Signe A. Godfrey, Marsha Graham, Janice Kalanihuia, Melody K. Mackenzie, Diane J. Plotts, Virginia M. Pressler, Indru Watumull

2008: Connie C. Chun, Gwen Pacarro, Donnis Thompson, Jenai Wall

2006: Adelia C. Chung, Ku  Kahakalau, Faye W. Kurren, Mary Bea Porter-King

2005: Christine Camp Friedman, Tyrie L. Jenkins, Carol Ai May, Coral W. Pietsch

2004: Louise K. Ing, Lynn Maunakea, Victoria Schneider

2003: Naleen Andrade, Carol McNamee, Jean E. Rolles

2002: Sandra A. Fong, Caroline Ward Oda, Ph.D., Nalani Olds

2001: Clarice Cornett, Marivic G. Dar, Alice F. Guild

2000: Julia Frohlich, Francine Gries, Patti J. Lyons

1999: Catherine Lagareta, Maile Meyer, Jo Ann Moe

1998: Gail F. Breakey, Lynn M. Watanabe, Sharon Weiner

1997: Lynne Johnson, Beatrice K. Kraus, Rose Nakamura

1996: Lucile M. Abreu, Joan M. Bickson, Estelle Kelley

1995: Diane E. Chang, Sharon S. McPhee, Rell Sunn

1994: Viola E. Dolman, Sharon C. Mahoe, Jackie Young

1993: Gladys K. Ainoa Brandt, Margaret Oda, Cherye R. Pierce

1992: Barbara C. Anthony, Momi Waihee Cazimero, Constance H. Lau, Patricia Saiki

1991: Doris M. Ching, Beatrice K. Dawson, Noel Irwin-Hentschel, Carole Kai Onouye, Lynne Waihee

1990: Suzanne Haunani Apoliona, Ellen G. Carson, Myra R. Immings, Esther E. Park, Joyce Richards, Ann B. Simpson, Joyce S. Tsunoda, Won Hee K. You, Marti L. Young

1989: Amefil Agbayani, Irmgard Farden Aluli, Penny Bradley, Ines Cayaban, Marye Deming, Lisa Hashimoto, Elizabeth W. Takahashi

1988: Linda Coble, Kathryn Lucktenberg, Ruth M. Ono, Jane Renfro Smith, Judy Sobin

1987: Harriet Bouslog, Winifred Buckley, Clorinda L. Lucas, Patsy T. Mink, Mary K. Pukui, Barbara Tanabe, Mililani Trask

1986: Naomi Campbell, Janice M. Hamby, Jeannette P. Hereniko, Fran G. Hill, Karen T. Nakamura, Elizabeth L. Takao

1985: Lucille Breneman, Denby Fawcett, Joan Lee Husted, Marion G. Saunders, Martha T. Torney, Lynne Wikoff, Lily K. Yao

1984: Barbara Dew, Shelby A. Floyd, Melani Granfors, Ah Quon McElrath, May Moir, Harriet O'Sullivan

1983: Beebe Freitas, Lucile Moore, Myrtle Schattenburg, Emme Tomimbang, Edith H. Wolfe

1982: Ann B. Catts, Lois Taylor Clarke, Nancy Corbett, Betty Hemphill, Maureen Keleher

1980: Sharon Bintliff, Mealii N. Kalama, Shimeji Kanazawa, Andrea L. Simpson, Janice Wolf

1979: Mary G.F. Bitterman, Dorothy K. Ching, Billie Hauge, Laila Twigg-Smith, Betty M. Vitousek

1978: Cobey Black, Juliette M. Fraser, Betty F. Hirozawa, Adrienne Kaeppler, Dorothy Shimer

1977: Barbara Joan Edwards, Monta Kinney, Nora M. Kurosu, Audrey  Mertz, Patricia Putman

Previously Honored Organizations

Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing  •  Alu Like, Inc.  •  American Savings Bank  •  American Trust Co. of Hawaii, Inc.  •  Aston Hotels & Resorts, Hawaii  •  Belt Collins Hawaii  •  Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii  •  Group 70 International, Inc.  •  Hawaii Pacific University  •  Hawaii Women Lawyers  •  Kaiser Permanente  •  Kamehameha Schools  •  Kapi‘olani Medical Center  •  KHNL TV, Channel 13  •  KNDI 1270 AM  •  La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls  •  McDonald's Restaurants of Hawaii  •  Na Loio  •  Office Pavilion  •  Pioneer Federal Savings Bank  •  Rainbow Wahine Volleyball Team  •  Sacred Hearts Academy  •  St. Andrew's Priory  •  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers