Reception set for women nominated for county awards

Twenty-one women from Maui and Molokai involved in technology have been nominated for awards by the Maui County Committee on the Status of Women as part of Women’s History Month.

A reception for nominees is set for 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Mayor’s Conference Room on the ninth floor of the county building in Wailuku.

The focus on Maui women in technology is in keeping with the national theme for the month, “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.”

Fifteen women are vying for the Women of Excellence, Unsung Hero and Career Achievement awards.

They are: Flaviana Ancheta, Rhiannon “Rae” Chandler, M. Theresa David, Carrie Demott, Teri Edmonds, Emily Haines-Swatek, Robin Knox, Sadie Mossman, Robyne Nishida Nakao, Lois Prey, Cecelia M. Romero, Theresa Romme, Vicki Soo Hoo, Stacie Williams and Isla Young.

Six young women between the ages of 14 and 21 are in the running for Young Women of Promise award. They are: Amber Kukuileiwilimomi Afelin, Stephany Flores-Ramos, Oksana Gil, Kyllie Hisashima, Taylor Hori and Ashley Kawagishi.

Each nominee was recommended by a colleague, teacher or friend.

President Jimmy Carter established Women’s History Week in 1980. In 1987, the U.S. Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month as a time to celebrate the richness of women leaders and their accomplishments.

To RSVP for the awards ceremony, contact Michelle Esteban in the Mayor’s Office at 270-7855 or by email at