Saturday, March 29, 2014

Saturday, 3/29/14 - Friday, 4/4/14

What’s up this week

Congratulations to All!
The Girl Scouts of Hawai`i has been recognized by GSUSA for TWO awards!

  •  Best Cookie Sale in the Nation for 2014 by Little Brownie Baker
  •  Best Adult Membership Growth in the Nation!
Kudos to the all of the GIRLS for their enthusiasm and incredible cookie selling skills!!! We are so proud of all of you, and this recognition belongs to YOU! A big mahalo also goes out to our fantastic volunteers who have worked tireless hours at cookie trainings, cookie pick-ups, distributing cookies to their troops, cross checking your troop rosters, manning the Cookie buffer, training others in their Service Units, and helping your girls man booth sites (just to name a FEW things you do!). It is through everyone’s efforts that we are able to show our girls what it means to be leaders and what can be accomplished both individually and collectively as a TEAM! We are so grateful to have each and every one of you on our team! Thank you!

NEW! Volunteer Recognition Awards
Girl Scouts of Hawai`i believes that our volunteers are the lifeblood of the Girl Scout Movement. You give selflessly of your time and talents to help build girls of courage, confidence, and character. The deadline to submit your nominations is May 1st. All awardees will be recognized at our Volunteer Mixer on June 21st. Click here to download the Criteria and Nomination forms for the following awards:
  • Volunteer of Excellence
  • Appreciation Pin
  • Honor Pin
  • Outstanding Leader Award
  • President’s Volunteer Service Award
New Leader Training: Welcome, Basics & Journeys
4/1/14; 6:00pm – 9:30pm
All new volunteers are welcome to join us in this training that will cover “Welcome to Girl Scouts,” “Girl Scouts Basics,” and Journeys. These trainings are normally done in three separate sessions but will be done all in one at this special volunteer training.

Upcoming deadlines & registration openings

2014 Girl Scouts of Hawaii Annual Meeting, 4/12/14 (9am- 12pm)
The 2014 Annual Meeting will be held on O`ahu, Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., at the Girl Scouts of Hawai`i headquarters in the Ala Moana Hotel.  GSH members who live on Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island are welcome to attend the meeting via web conference at their respective neighbor island service center.  Voting Members will vote on the single slate of nominees to the Board of Directors. All adult members and girl members 14 years of age or older are corporate members of GSH and have the privilege of participating in the governance of the Council in 2 central ways: 1. By serving as a voting member for the current membership year; or 2) by participating in various avenues provided by GSH to seek input on corporate matters from its corporate members. Contact Kristi at 675-5516 for more information.

Gold Award Workshop, 4/16/14 (5:30pm – 7:00pm)
Just a few seats remain for the workshop! The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn. The Gold Award Workshop is intended to familiarize girls with the steps and standards of excellence that will enable them to successfully submit a project proposal and complete their project. During the workshop you will also get to meet adult volunteers who may be able to help you brainstorm ideas for a project, provide tips on how to write a draft of your project proposal, and expand the impact of your project.
Click here to RSVP.
Paumalu Earth Day of Service, 4/19/14 (8:30am - 2:30pm)
Come to celebrate Earth Day, 2014 at Camp Paumalu with a fun, light fix-up and paint day. Projects and work areas will be assigned by Michael Koehne, our Camp Ranger. Meet other Girl Scout parents, leaders and girls. Have fun with group painting and brush clearing, while enjoying the ambiance and renewing freshness of Camp Paumalu!
Click here to register.

Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Training, 4/19/14 (9am – 3pm)
Training is being provided by AED Institute (Pam Foster).Session is open to 35 people.  Payment to be made via credit card to AED Institute by April 11th – contact Pam at 440-8988. While this is a Pediatric Training that will focus on First Aid/CPR/AED for elementary school aged and younger, Adult First Aid/CPR/AED training will be covered.  However, if Adult manuals and certification are required, additional cost will apply ($35 manuals and $10 certification).
For more information, please click here.

Register for the 2014 Gold Award Ceremony, 4/26/14 (2pm - 3:30pm)
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Central Union Church Parish Hall
The annual Gold Award Ceremony is just around the corner!  Join us in recognizing the incredible accomplishments of some amazing young ladies who have successfully earned Girl Scouting’s highest awards during 2013-2014.  Gold, Silver and Bronze awardees and their families can register for the event beginning Sunday, March 23, 2014, by clicking here. Seating is limited and all awardees, parents and guests must register to attend.   For questions regarding the event, please contact Colleen LaClair at, or, 808/675-5514. 

PCCS ASHP Brownie/Junior Troop Camp, 4/26 – 4/27/14
Event is open to all ASHP Girl Scout Troops (Brownie and Junior) and traditional Junior Girl Scout Troops and their adult chaperones. All girls must be accompanied by at least one adult chaperone. In the lush, secluded setting of Camp Paumalu girls will discover the joy of the great outdoors by learning basic camping skills, while hiking, crafting and swimming. Girls will participate in the campfire experience and make friendships that will last a lifetime -- all while building their Courage, Confidence and Character!

First look: shop sales & promos
  • Bridging Kits available for pre-order. Click here!
  • $8.99 Loomband Kits, while supplies last! Turn colorful rubber bands into bracelets, rings and even handbags!  A fun and easy project!
  • $2.99 assorted bracelets and watches! While supplies last!
  • 50% off selected Cookie Merchandise!
  • Additional 50% off already reduced clearance merchandise
If you are interested in purchasing an item that has been featured on Facebook or the GSH Blog, and are not able to make it to the GS Shop, please email Anne or call 675-5519.  Please note that shipping will be charged according to the shipping chart posted on our online shop.


Save the Date - 5/10! CEO Event on the Star of Honolulu!
  • MAHALO for a great Cookie Program Season!  We hope that every Girl Scout had a great experience and FUN!!
  • Deadline to submit rewards was 3/26/14.  If you have not submitted your rewards, please contact your respective Service Unit Cookie Manager
  • Deadline to deposit cookie money is 3/31/14.
  • Thank you to all troops who submitted a Bling Your Booth photo!  The winner will be announced next week!
  • CEO Event onboard the Star of Honolulu, 5/10/14 from 11:30am-2:30pm!  Join us for an exciting day to celebrate the success of all the girls!
  • Cost is $45/person if registered by 4/20/14.  After 4/20/14 cost will be $55/person.  More information will be forthcoming.

Recent Events

Governor Neil Abercrombie was Daisy Troop 675's last customer of the day at their booth site at Foodland Beretania!

Troop 2096, 382 and 254 participated in the Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary St. Patrick’s Day parade in Hilo over the weekend.

Tatyana and Emily of the Hickam Ohana and Pearl Harbor Service Unit, simulate flying a C-17 Globemaster II, while touring inside the aircraft as part of a tour on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam on March 17. 

Troop 445 worked together on their Bird’s Nest project to complete the 5-4-3 Cheers for Animals journey. Great teamwork, girls!

Here are the girls of the Hui Hookela Service Unit at their first cookie booth of the season. Check out their display that showed their customers how purchasing “One More Box” would help them achieve their goals of giving back to the community. Great job girls! 

Troop 966 of Lanai sent in this photo in their official Girl Scout Daisy uniform! 

A big thank you to Hayden (Daisy Troop 445), Magena (Brownie Troop 100) and Aurora (Junior Troop 1063) for delivering 60 cases of cookies to the USO Hickam. The girls had an absolute blast, and really brightened up the days for some Airforce Service Members!

Other Events
NEW! Lei of Aloha Service Project – Troop 1018
Saturday, May 24, 2014; Windward Mall, 10am- 2pm
As part of Kaneohe Troop 1018’s Service Project, Girl Scouts collect lei and flowers to decorate the graves every Memorial Day at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe.  Help them out by bringing a lei (artificial or floral), sewing a lei, or donating flowers!  Girl Scouts from the Kaneohe Service Unit will be manning the donation booth at Windward Mall, and will also be available to help younger scouts sew lei for our veterans.  Any floral donations are greatly appreciated. Suggested blossoms are stephanotis, plumeria, bougainvillea, crown flowers or anything from your backyard, or even your neighbor’s. Also useful are stalks of ginger, heliconia and other tropicals (lengths up to 24” maximum). The cemetery also accepts silk, ribbon and yarn leis. Fee is $3; The first 50 girls will receive a custom patch and snack pack/water.
RSVP by 4/8 to Ailyn at 226-1228 or
click here to email her.
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology Community Education Programs
Learn all about marine biology through the Hawaii Institute for Marine Biology’s tours of their research facilities on Moku o Lo`e (Coconut Island). For more information, please visit their webpage by clicking here.

Walking Tours: This weekday 2 - 2½ hour tour includes a boat ride to beautiful Moku o Lo’e island, guided discovery of the island’s natural and human history, as well as stops at the shark ponds, touch pool and other areas to learn about our cutting edge research. This program is available for individuals, as well as community and school groups. $60/first 10 participants, $6/additional participant. Boat fee may apply. Maximum 40 participants. Click here to download the CEP Program Request form.

Family Sunday Tour: 10 am – Noon and Noon – 2 pm. 12 participants per tour. Minimum age 5 years. Once a month, typically the third Sunday. $6/person donation suggested. Reservations required. Click here to download the CEP Program Request form.

Expedition to Moku o Lo’e: Become part of a marine biology research team on the water and in the lab during this 3 hour program. Participants begin on our research vessel Honu Kai deploying a plankton net as they travel across Kane’ohe Bay. Upon reaching Moku o Lo’e (Coconut Island) and the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, they encounter sharks and other research animals, then do two hands-on labs, one analyzing the plankton from the research cruise and the other sorting through invasive seaweeds to separate out and recover small creatures from the bay. $75/first 10 participants, $7/additional participant, plus $75 boat fee. MINIMUM of 12 participants; maximum of 40 participants. Click here to download the CEP Program Request form.

Marine Science Overnight: Participants pitch tents creating a marine biology field camp; tour the island, and participate in a night lab dockside and in the lab. Scout troops can earn an oceanography merit badge or activity awards, school groups get a marine science intensive, and family groups can just relax and be marine biologists for a very entertaining evening (non-camping facilities also available at extra cost). This is an unforgettable experience. $35/person, minimum 20 participants, maximum 36 participants. Click here to download the Overnight Program Request form.

Expanding Your Horizons – University of Hawaii at Manoa
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 8:45am – 3:30pm; Event is free!
The Expanding Your Horizons Conference is a unique opportunity for girls in grades 5 through 9 to engage in hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) led by Honolulu, Hawai'i's top scientists, engineers, and specialists. This unique event is designed to foster young girls’ enthusiasm for STEM careers, inform them of professions and opportunities, and encourage them to continue their studies in science and math to reach their goals and objectives. Girls will have the choice of three hands-on workshops in different disciplines.  This year we have workshops on Botany, Meteorology, Ocean Science, Marine Biology, Astronomy, Architecture, Chemistry, Math and More! For more information, and to register for this event, click here.