Maui County’s Committee on the Status of Women ended Women’s History month by presenting its semi-annual “Women of Excellence” awards on Tuesday, March 29, at the University of Hawaii, Maui College. Award recipients were honored as “Maui’s Mana Wahine.”
This is a celebration, storytelling, deep listening, and reverence. Activating our strengths – together – we are women, here to support each other and raise each other up!” said Committee Chair Kate Griffiths in her opening remarks.
Maui County’s First Lady Joycelyn Victorino congratulated awardees by saying, “I could not be prouder of you Maui Mana Wahine for your dedication and commitment to family, healing, community and career. Women are the backbone of our families and community and our roles have no boundaries. On behalf of all the people of Maui County, mahalo for your contributions and your legacy.”
The 2022 Women of Excellence, “Maui’s Mana Wahine” recipients are:
Young Woman of Promise (14-21 years old):
Women of Excellence (22 years old to 59):
Unsung Hero (60 years old & up):
Honorary Historical Award (Posthumous):
Maui Police Department employee for over three decades and supporter of numerous Maui nonprofit organizations. Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run organizer to benefit Special Olympics, active volunteer for Women Helping Women, Roselani Place, Relay for Life, Maui Police Relief Association and homeless shelters. She served her community by supporting healing, health, and wellness efforts by putting others above herself. She is remembered for her compassion, volunteerism, spirit, and service. Nominated by Melissa Magonigle.
Other “Women of Excellence” nominees include:
The Committee on the Status of Women thanks following businesses and individuals for their kokua and support:
Sherri Reeve Gallery & Gifts
Pohaku Kaho’ohanohano Leis
B. Miyo-Onaga Designs
Amy Hanaiali’I Collections & CD
University of Hawaii Maui Campus – Media Services
County of Maui – Office of the Mayor
About the Maui County Committee on the State of Women
The Maui County Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) is a seven-member volunteer group of mayoral appointees that advocates for social justice, educates women on their rights, educates women to vote, engages in political processes, gathers information on women's issues, promotes women's equality, and serves as a resource for women through programming, public education, and citizen participation. Committee Members include Chair Kate Griffiths, Vice Chair Nalana Kaninau, Ki’I Kaho’oho’ohano, Jessica Crosue, Sheron Lehuanani Bissen, Pili Naho’oikaika and Leonora Espaniola. For information on the Maui County Committee on the Status of Women, visit www.mauicounty.gov/csw.