July 2015 OWL Newsletter
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July Newsletter

Volume 29, Issue 4
“Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to require the most from you.”
~ Caroline Myss


July 13 Luncheon

Meda Chesney-Lind, Ph.D.

Women's Studies

University of Hawaii at Mānoa


Looking Forward, Looking Backward: the History of the Women's Movement in Hawai‘i

Chesney Lind will reflect on the unique aspects of women's history here in the Islands,  focusing on notable women in Hawa
ii's history who shaped each of the "waves" of feminist efforts.  

Bio Brief

Meda Chesney-Lind, Ph.D. teaches Women’s Studies at the University of Hawaii.  Nationally recognized for her work on women and crime, her testimony before Congress resulted in national support of gender responsive programming for girls in the juvenile justice system.   Her most recent book on girls’ use of violence, Fighting for Girls (co-edited with Nikki Jones), won an award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for “focusing America’s attention on the complex problems of the criminal and juvenile justice systems.”

In 2013, the Western Society of Criminology named an award honoring "significant contributions to the field of gender, crime and justice" for Chesney-Lind and gave her the "inaugural" award.


Pacific Club
1451 Queen Emma St.

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

RSVP due by noon on Wednesday, July 8 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
Julie Inouye

Ready or not, summer is already upon us. The weather in Hawai‘i is warming up, the kids are on summer break, traffic has eased a bit, and if you can believe, we are half-way through the year. Like most years, this year has gone by quickly, and we have been fortunate to have heard from three fantastic speakers thus far:  Kelly King spoke about entrepreneurship; Jessica Munoz opened our eyes to the world of human trafficking; and last month we heard about women in the military through the eyes of local girl, Crissy Gayagas.

Your OWL board is excited to have the remainder of this year’s speakers already lined up. Kicking off our final group of speakers in July is Meda Chesney-Lind, Ph.D., Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Hawai‘i. Following in September, we will hear from Laura Beeman, Head Coach for the University of Hawai‘i Women’s Basketball program. And finally in November, we are bringing back well-known author and educator, Maya Soetoro-Ng. We couldn’t be happier with the extraordinary stories of our next three speakers!

Last bit of good news, my husband and I are expecting our second child at the end of October. I am fortunate to be having a healthy pregnancy, but as any working mother knows, life is all about maintaining balance. A co-worker once told me he tries to do three good things every day. He tries to do one good thing for his family, one good thing for his clients and one good thing for himself. So simple, yet so challenging!

I look forward to seeing you all in July.


What We Heard
May 11

Chrissy Gayagas

Chief Relationship Officer


by Stacia Murray and Kristi Bates

Growing up in a military family, Christine Gayagas, Chief Relationship Officer, Dawson, was determined from a young age, to attend West Point Academy.  She didn't know that women made up less than 10% of the students at that time, but it was the only college to which she applied, and she made the most of her time there. That purpose and passion continued to serve her well as she thrived in her military career, eventually transitioning to life as a civilian in the business world. Equally important are what she calls her life pillars - ohana, culture, fitness, leadership and team building.
Having lived many years outside of Hawai
i she would always share the aloha and the Hawaiian culture through hula.  Her whole family was either born into the military or was married into the military, giving her and her family the opportunity to live all over the world.

Chrissy showed her leadership skills as a student at West Point, holding her ground in an incident with another student that demonstrated her ability to stay balanced and focused.  She became team captain of her swim team and filled her time by staying active, which is her advice to any student.  “Cooperate and graduate”  she remembers, not only helped in day to day life, but could be applied even in life or death situations in combat.

Her military service sent her to Iraq, as well as to the frontline of disaster relief with Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, helping to rebuild communities, duties she completed even while as a wife and mother.  She says whenever she deployed, her family did too.  They were ready with bags packed to come to care for her daughter while she and her husband were sent on missions. She ultimately made a decision to retire as she didn't want to miss out on her most important mission as a Mom.  She has found that from combat boots to heels, leadership is leadership wherever you are, and that attitude is key in any endeavor.

(L to R) Pam Jarms, Chrissy Gayagas, Julie Inouye

2015 Membership Renewal and Upcoming Luncheon Meeting Dates

July 13 - Pacific Club

September 14 - Pacific Club

Speaker: Laura Beeman
University of Hawai
i Women's Basketball Coach

November 2 - Halekulani Hotel
Speaker: Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng
Assistant professor, The Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (PACE),
University of Hawai
i at Mānoa
Annual dues for Jan. through Dec. 2015 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:
OWL Pau Hana 
Save the Date!  OCT. 15, 2015

It's time for our annual get together.  Members and guests welcome to come and enjoy an evening with your OWL sisters, meet new friends, and a chance to win fabulous door prizes!
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Outrigger Canoe Club
2909 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815

 5:30-7:30 pm

Cost: $35 if paid by Sept. 25th and  $40 after Sept. 28th.  Heavy pupus, no-host cocktails.

Please make your check payable to OWL Hawai
i and mail to OWL (516 Kawaihae St #E Honolulu, HI 96825) by Sept. 25th.  

Members who donate door prizes will have a great opportunity to share a little bit about their business. 
Member Achievements

Marcie Herring, St. Andrew's Priory, wil be attending Harvard Grad School in 2015-16.  All the best Marcie!


Member Announcements

From OWL member Margaret Dang –

Customer Experience Professionals Hawaii Chapter is trying to form a local chapter.  Call 694-8751 or email

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 informational 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 Julie Inouye will be reading the member announcements along with her welcome message.  Please email your news to Julie at

You may also share your achievements or any newsworthy items with your OWL sisters through our newsletter.  Email your news along with a photo to Kristi Bates 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!