Nominations Open for Women of Excellence

January 23, 2013, 11:41 AM HST · Updated January 23, 11:58 AM

Committe on the Status of Women and previous honorees. Photo Courtesy County of Maui.

Committee on the Status of Women. Photo Courtesy County of Maui.

By Sonia Isotov

Nominations are now being accepted for the “Women of Excellence” award, the Maui County Committee on the Status of Women announced today.

The theme for the award is Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination – Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Honorees will be recognized at a special celebration during March at a time and location to be determined.

The awards program is being held in conjunction with Women’s History Month (March), and will recognize five Maui women in the following categories:

  • Young Woman of Promise (14-21 yrs.)
  • Woman of Excellence (21 yrs. and older)
  • Unsung Hero
  • Honorary Historical Award (Posthumous)
  • Career Achievement

“The national demand for scientists and engineers is expected to increase four times that of all other occupations,” said Maria Ornellas, Women’s History Month chair and vice-chair of the Committee of the Status of Women.

“Through recognition programs such as this, we hope to call attention to the Maui County women in STEM fields who are helping lead the way for women of all ages in Maui County.”

Nomination forms are available online at, via email at or by calling Ornellas at (808) 372-5177. Deadline to submit nomination forms is Friday, Feb. 8.



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