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Volume 30, Issue 2
"I believe a girl can do anything!  She just needs to believe in herself."

-- Elvira Meliksetyan, Women's Resource Center, Armenia
International Women's Day
March 8, 2016

Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement, and we have much to celebrate today. But progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places.
The World Economic Forum predicted in 2015 that it would take until 2133 to achieve global gender parity.

March 14 Luncheon

Alice Inoue

Founder and Chief Happiness Officer


Alice Inoue is the founder and Chief Happiness Officer of Happiness University.  She is an expert “life guide,” and has helped thousands of people get clarity on their lives.  Over the course of a dozen years she pioneered her own unique way to help others live more empowered lives.  Her determination, inspiration and success led her to make countless appearances on radio and television as a life guide and happiness expert, and she has been prominently featured by all major state publications such as Midweek, Hawaii Business Magazine, Pacific Business News, the Star-Advertiser and more.  In 2013 Aice was featured nationally on Lifetime Television’s morning show where she was interviewed about her book on happiness.

Alice has written five nationally award-winning books with titles such as, Be Happy! It’s Your Choice, A Loving Guide to These Shifting Times, Feng Shui Your Life!, Just Ask Alice, and Destination Happiness, all focused on life wisdom, self-growth, and happiness. She also has two columns, one in MidWeek titled "A Mindful Moment", and an award-winning weekly column in the Sunday Star-Advertiser called "Go Ask Alice!", offering pertinent life guidance.

Alice serves as the corporate presenter, as well as the main teacher for Happiness U, a business that helps both companies and individuals develop positive mindsets in order to live more inspired in their private and professional lives.   You can learn more about Happiness U at



Pacific Club
1451 Queen Emma St.

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

RSVP due by noon on Wednesday, March 9th at
Check payable to OWL for $45 for each guest.
℅ Cynthia Takenaka
516 Kawaihae St. #E
Honolulu, HI 96825-1240

Phone:  808-394-3451 | Fax: 808-395-4417 | website:

President's Message

Dear OWL Members,

Gung Hay Fat Choy!!  ( "Best wishes and Congratulations. Have a prosperous and good year.")

Chinese New Year marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring.  It is a time for family and friends;  and to be thankful for all our blessings.  Already we are in the middle of the first quarter of the year and tax time is fast approaching.  Your Board is also busy planning for the New Year.  Some great speakers are planned for you and although the topics are varied, we’ve asked that a bit of each speaker’s presentation highlight how a mentor or their mentoring has helped in their professional lives.

In January Helen Wai brought us a lively and entertaining talk on saving energy.  One and a half percent of your electric bill goes towards incentives, rebates and Helen’s workshops on saving energy.  A free energy guide and a lightbulb ($29 value) were given to all attendees.  Her presentation was so entertaining even the wait staff came out to listen.

I was sorry to have to miss the YWCA’s Women’s Legislative Caucus presentation.  OWL, once again, supported the meeting and quite a few OWLs attended, as well as aided with registration.  Our own Jennifer Grems and Kathy Perkins brought a contingent of 11th and 12th graders from The Priory to attend.

This year we have 11 new members.  New members will have a OWL sticker on their name badges.  Please reach out and introduce yourself and make them feel welcome.  Also, we’d love to have more of your friends and colleagues join us.  So please ask one to come to a meeting where they can learn about OWL and experience the support.

Our next meeting will be Monday, March 14 starting at 11:30 am.  Our speaker will be Alice Inoue,the founder and Chief Happiness Officer of Happiness University.  She is an expert “life guide,” and has helped thousands of people get clarity on their lives.  She will be sharing some ways to help us live more empowered lives. 

Lastly, a thought for you from Erika Jong, Author, "The problem with feminism in the second was was that we fought so much among ourselves, and I think we did so much damage to the movement . . . and I think the next waive, the third wave, is women mentoring younger women and women helping younger women to enter the political process and tthe writing world."

Hope to see you at our next meeting and hope you’ll bring a friend.


     What We Heard

    January 12, 2016


             Helen Wai

Community Outreach Specialist, Hawaii Energy
                                                                --- By Pam Harms

Hawaii residence pay the highest cost for electricity of any state in the Nation and Hawaii is highly dependent on oil.

Helen Wai, a Native Hawaiian and lifelong resident of Nanakuli, educated all of those in attendance at the January 2016 OWL luncheon on how costly electricity has become in Hawaii, and how we can adopt energy conservation behaviors and efficiency measures to combat these high costs.
Did you know it costs up to $16.00 just to look into your refrigerator?  That some game consoles, if left on, use as much energy per year as 2 refrigerators?  That incandescent bulbs take 75% more money to operate than compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) or light emitting diodes  (LED) lighting?  These are just a few of the money-saving tips Helen provided as she led a very interesting and enlightening discussion regarding the many ways people use electricity every day, and how we can change our habits to save hundreds of dollars each year. 

Because of Helen’s strong island relationships and her willingness to serve the hard to reach island communicates, Hawaii Energy engaged Helen to educate and train Hawaii residents, businesses and trade allies to encourage the adoption of energy conservation behaviors and efficiency measures. Through Hawaii Energy, Helen has been able to work with local families, sharing her knowledge of electricity conservation and identifying ways in which families can save money.  Helen works with non-profit organizations, churches, clubs, businesses and community associations across the Hawaiian Islands to provide money-saving education.
OWL Events - Women's Legislative Breakfast
The YWCA held their annual Women’s Legislative Caucus on Thursday, January 28th at the YWCA’s Fuller Hall. The Hawaii Women's Legislative Caucus is a formal, bipartisan, and bicameral caucus that presents a legislative agenda to the leadership and the governor at the start of each legislative session. The Caucus' legislative agenda focuses on women, children, and families. All women legislators are members.

The Co-Conveners of this year's event were Senator Rosalyn Baker, Senator Laura Thielen, Representative Della Au Belatii, and Representative Lauren Matsumoto.  This well attended breakfast event was organized to provide supporters with a preview of the Bills that would be proposed in the upcoming session. Roughly 12 of our Legislators were in attendance and each had an opportunity to either explain their Bill, describe what committees they lead, or to answer audience questions, such as “What are some of the issues you face as a woman” or “How do you overcome fear?”

The Women Legislators also reminded those in attendance of the power of the Women’s Caucus, and asked us all to run for office. Women are still underrepresented in politics and encouraged us to consider serving.

(L to R) Mimi Beams, LIbby Lee-Hobbs, Valerie Schmidt, Ananda Chou, and Lorraine Leslie
Dr. AYA SULTAN recently opened Honu Women’s Health, a private Ob/Gyn and aesthetics practice dedicated to helping women achieve “Inner Health and Outer BeautyTM”.  Recently featured in Hawaii Business News, Dr. Sultan's new practice is located in the heart of downtown Honolulu.

 Dr. Sultan received her MD from UMDNJ, her PhD from University of Maryland, Baltimore, and completed her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. She was recruited to Stanford University where she held a dual position in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Medical Oncology and focused on ovarian cancer research while mentoring and teaching medical students and residents.

Along with her brothers Omar and Tarik Sultan, Dr. Sultan is also Founding Partner of Sultan Ventures, a Hawaii-based boutique venture firm focusing on early stage startups and investments.

Aya resides in Honolulu, where she enjoys the Oahu beaches and hiking trails and can be found walking her 2 giant but sweet-natured dogs, Koa the Rottweiler, and Kai the German Shepard, most mornings and evenings. To learn more about Honu Women’s Health, visit, or email:
YVONNE YANAGIHARA is the Marketing Manager for Oceanic Time Warner Cable Business Class.  She manages branding and media advertising initiatives for Business Class driving the message that when it comes to Internet access, networking, voice, video, and cloud services local businesses can trust Oceanic Time Warner Cable Business Class.

Yvonne’s professional and personal passion has offered her an extensive blend of experiences in Sales and Marketing, Promotions, Customer Service, Networking, and Entertainment.  She was the Development Director at Diamond Head Theatre, Managing Director of Ohia Productions, and Hawaiian Telcom Regional Manager overseeing their retail operation.

Once a young aspiring ballerina, Yvonne later discovered carrying a tune and dusting off her tap shoes would open up a world of musical theatre, and since then has been in over 20 productions with Diamond Head Theatre, Lisa Matsumoto’s Ohia Productions, and Ballet Hawaii.   She stays active teaching little ones at Ballet Hawaii and Diamond Head Theatre.  During summer Obon season Yvonne can be found playing the flute and taiko with the Aiea Taiheiji Yagura Gumi.

2016 Membership Renewal and Upcoming Luncheon Meeting Dates

March 14 - Pacific Club

May 9 - Pacific Club

July 11 - Pacific Club

September 12 - Pacific Club

November 7 - Halekulani Hotel
Annual dues for Jan. through Dec. 2016 is $260.

Membership luncheons are generally held on the second Monday of January, March, May, July, September and November from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Meetings are usually held at the Pacific Club, but locations will be confirmed prior to the meeting.  

Link to renewal form: 2016_Application.pdf.
Dorothy M. Goldsborough, a long time member of OWL passed away on December 19, 2015. Dorothy was a Professor for Chaminade and University of Hawaii - Manoa.  An amazing woman committed to education, Dorothy earned her Ph.D. at the age of 71 and continued to teach our Hawaii students thereafter.  Dorothy's late husband, Romaine Goldsborough, was a Tuskegee Airman who served in the 332nd Fighter Group during World War II. 

Linda J. Dias, passed away in July of 2015, in Honolulu. A former OWL member, Linda served as President of OWL in 2008.  She was a retired Bank of Hawaii Human Resources Vice President.

OWL Mission Statement

The mission of OWL is to develop a network of contacts among women in decision-making positions to promote effectiveness on the job and professional advancement.

The goals and objectives of OWL shall be to establish a network of contacts between the public and private sectors; to establish a professional and interpersonal support system for women professionals; to offer information opportunities for women in management; to provide career-related ideas and information; and to share job and career advancement opportunities.

We love to hear from you!  Because we know your time is valuable, OWL President Kate Braden will be reading the member announcements along with her welcome message.  Please email your news to Kate at

You may also share your achievements or any newsworthy items with your OWL sisters through Pam Harms at  

As a courtesy to our speakers, guests and OWL members, please keep side conversations to a minimum during the speaker presentation.

Mahalo!  Ahui Hou Kākou!