Friday, June 28, 2013

Join Us and Make Your Girl Scout Experience Even Better!

“Girl Scout uniform.” “‘Make New Friends’ song lyrics.” “Girl Scout badges and awards.” “Girl Scout activities.” Have you ever researched any of these topics on the internet only to find a wide variety of answers that leave you confused? Have you ever wondered why you can’t find all this information (and more!) in one location?
Our upcoming summer workshop will take you on an interactive journey through the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting (3GS), your all-in-one resource for Girl Scouting. Every Guide is unique to the girls’ age level. Each contains: 1) a Handbook, where you will find the most important Girl Scout information like the Promise and Law; 2) an Awards and Badges section, which supplements the activities found in the Journeys; and 3) a My Girl Scouts section that girls can use to help them track their own Girl Scout experience.

Volunteers: This workshop will provide you with the opportunity to get comfortable with the 3GS and to learn how you can use it to create the very best Girl Scout experience for your troop. You will also have the opportunity to share stories with both new and experienced volunteers to see what other neat things are happening in our Girl Scout ‘ohana.

Girls: You will be able to meet new friends from across the state while learning how to make your Girl Scout experience a fun and exciting journey that you can share with others. There will be hands-on activities and special door prizes that you will not want to miss out on!
When:  Saturday, July 20, 2013, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Deadline to register is Friday, July 5. See below for registration link.

Where:  Ala Moana Hotel, Garden Lanai Ballroom, 2nd floor
The second floor of the Ala Moana Hotel can be reached via the sky bridge from the shopping center parking lot (at the Macy’s Starbucks level). 

DISCOVER the true value of the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting (3GS).CONNECT this valuable resource to the Journeys and your troop activities.
TAKE ACTION to give your girls the best Girl Scout experience!

Who:  Girls, leaders/volunteers and parents are all welcome to join us! We will have different activities that pertain to these groups, so it will be a valuable workshop for everyone.

Cost:  $20 per person with a $5 credit to use at our Shop toward any purchase of a Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. Admission price also includes a special 3GS patch (for the girls) and special prizes (for adults and girls). All attendees will be eligible to win some fun door prizes!

Registration: Deadline to register is Friday, July 5. Please register here.
If you have any suggestions or feedback on the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, please let us know via the survey below. Your input will help us understand what we need to address at our workshop, so please take a couple of minutes to complete it.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Girl Scout Gold Awardees in MidWeek

Girl Scouts of Hawai`i's 2013 Gold Awardees.

Girl Scouts of Hawai`i's 2013 Gold Awardees have been in the press left and right! This week, the picture above was spotted in the most recent edition of MidWeek, where the girls' accomplishment was once again recognized. Congratulations again to our 2013 Gold Awardees for all their hard work and for showing what great things girls can achieve. We are so proud of all of you!

To read the full MidWeek article, click here.
To read more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, click here.

Friday, June 21, 2013

NEW Online Shop + Photo Contest Winners

Beginning July 1, 2013, the Girl Scouts of Hawai`i will introduce a new online shop that will give customers a more accessible, user-friendly experience and a wider selection of merchandise. With our new website, you will be able to shop 24/7 from your laptop, tablet, mobile phone—anywhere! Online orders will also be shipped directly from the GSUSA warehouse, ensuring that your orders are processed faster and more efficiently.
In addition, we would like to say thank you to everyone who submitted photos for our new online shop home page. GSUSA has kindly agreed to display all four of the final submissions on our online shop page, so congratulations to each troop that made the final four! The winners of our photo contest are as follows:

Beginning July 1, 2013, shipping rates will apply to all customers, so to all our neighbor island troops, take advantage of your free shipping from now until the end of June!
You may still currently access our GSH Shop from our home page.
Photo Contest Winners:
In addition, we would like to say thank you to everyone who submitted photos for our new online shop home page. GSUSA has kindly agreed to display all four of the final submissions on our online shop page, so congratulations to each troop that made the final four! The winners of our photo contest are as follows:
First place: Troop 479

Second place: Troop 445
 The following pictures will also be featured on our new online shop home page:

What great photos. Thank you again to everyone who submitted their entries. You help to show just how truly amazing Hawai`i's Girl Scouts are!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Girl Scout Miya H. Spotted in the Midweek!

Miya H. (right) and her friends help donate
slippers to the Children's Justice Center of Oahu.

Last week, Girl Scout Miya H. from Troop 2 was spotted in the Midweek for her contributions to the Children's Justice Center (CJC) of Oahu. Maya and her friends helped to collect slippers to show their support for the victims at CJC. The slippers were later donated to the Institute for Human Services.
More than 500 pairs of gently used and new slippers and shoes were donated to represent the 500 to 1,000 children who pass through the center each year. 
While other CJCs across the nation collected different objects to represent their child victims (handprints, paper butterflies and hundreds of desks with empty chairs, for example), slippers were chosen since they are distinctly local.“Anyone can relate to slippers outside a house, and this is a big, old house,” Mau-Mukai says of the center. 
The slippers represent children walking up the stairs, says Emma Nitao, who along with her Leahi Green soccer teammates made up of 13 fourth-graders from various schools, collected many pairs over the course of six weeks. Nitao was inspired “to help the children and let them know that they are not alone. 
(Source: Midweek)

Monday, June 17, 2013

GSH is Looking for a Social Media Intern

Employment Opportunity-Social Media Intern
The Girl Scouts of Hawai`i is looking for a new social media intern with some experience in graphic design to join their team this summer. Applicants should be tech savvy with some experience with or interest for graphic design. Applicants should also have a working knowledge of basic social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Knowledge of web design is a plus.
You will be assisting the Communications Specialist with marketing, PR, design and content writing. Please submit a short writing sample along with your resume. Start dates are flexible. Expect to work between 5-15 hours per week at a minimum. High school juniors and seniors, recent high school graduates, college students or recent college graduates with an interest in communications are preferred.
This internship will be the perfect fit for someone who is hard-working and interested in learning more about communications or non-profit work. Good candidates are organized, have the ability to design, and can work both independently and with others.
Please submit your resume and a writing sample to Please indicate on your resume any information or experience relevant to technology, social media, web design, graphics or writing.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Thank You Microsoft!

The big moment! Microsoft unveiled its new Ala Moana store yesterday.
Picture courtesy of Microsoft.
Thousands of people gathered yesterday to celebrate Microsoft's Grand Opening at Ala Moana Shopping Center--and over one hundred of them were Girl Scout supporters. The Girl Scouts of Hawai`i was chosen as one of five local organizations to receive hardware and software donations from Microsoft. Everyone who came to support the Girl Scouts also received a free ticket to see Macklemore and Ryan Lewis play with Neon Trees at last night's concert. Lori Lum, Chair of the Girl Scouts of Hawai`i's Board of Directors, accepted the $50,000 check from Microsoft just before they pulled down the curtain to officially open the store.

Gail Mukaihata Hannemann, Girl Scouts of Hawai`i's Chief Executive Officer, explained, “The Girl Scouts of Hawai`i thanks Microsoft for believing in the leadership development of all girls. The resources Microsoft is generously offering our organization will support our on-going work to engage more girls in STEM so they can purposefully lead others in ways that better their communities and the world. We know that these efforts will result in girls fostering invaluable 21st century skills such as learning to be innovative problem solvers and developing critical thinking processes. We thank Microsoft for being a willing and able partner.” 

Talissa Wright, a Hawai`i Girl Scout and team member of the 2012 International Space Station (ISS) Project, looked starstruck after being one of the first people to see the store before it was even unveiled. “I’ve been a Girl Scout since I was five years old,” Talissa said. “The thought of being able to use Microsoft hardware and software to design our next scientific experiment to send into space is very cool.” 

We are certainly very excited to have been a part of this amazing event. A huge mahalo to everyone who showed up bright and early yesterday (donning green Girl Scout shirts!) to support GSH. We truly appreciate your commitment and hope you enjoyed the concert!

GSH Board Chair Lori Lum (far left) waits in front of Microsoft to accept the $50,000 check.
Picture courtesy of  The Honolulu Advertiser.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support GSH!

GSH staff and family stand and wait for the big moment.

Can you spot the Girl Scout supporters in green?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

After Spending 30 days in Space...

The ISS Team in front of their giant board of project ideas at Oceanit.

...our MicroLab is back and the results are in! Today, the girls from the International Space Station (ISS) Project gathered at Oceanit to open up their MicroLab. After living aboard the ISS for approximately 30 days, the project returned with some very interesting results. Stay tuned for the official conclusion!

Visit our website for more information about our next ISS Project.