Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mary Stewart Gaber

“Mary Gaber was born in 1912 in Rockford, Illinois to parents Lewis N. and Martha Stewart.  Her father was a mechanical engineer; her mother a registered Nurse.  She met and married Lee Gaber, a salesman, of Chicago in 1945.  They lived in Arkansas for five years, moved to Arlington Heights, Illinois until 1959 before moving to Kaneohe, Hawaii which remained her home town for many years.  In her retirement she made her home in Crystal River, Florida, from 2002-2009.  She spent time again in Kaneohe, living at Pohai Nani retirement home.  Finally, she resided for the past year with family in Whittier, California.  She passed away on March 4, in hospice care, from respiratory problems. 
Volunteering was a big part of her life.  Mary Gaber was a cub scout leader when her boys were young, then a Girl Scout leader and volunteer, with over 50 years as a member of GSUSA.  She loved bowling, joining many leagues over the year and was still averaging 175 in her 70’s.  Most importantly she was a founder of the ‘Gals in Green’ bowling league, which for over four decades has donated funds to the Hawaii Girl Scout Council.   
Private services are planned in Whittier this month and in Honolulu in early July.”
Our sincerest condolences go out to the Gaber family.










Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Harlem Globetrotters
Are Coming Back to Honolulu!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Troop Spotlight 

"Troop 682 of Honoka’a was looking for a community service project they could do not only as a troop but as individuals or as families for years to come. A community service that not only will impact our home but the girls themselves. 
On 3/18/2015 6 girls from troop 682 and their troop leader went on their first visit to the Koai'a Tree Sanctuary. This is a 13 acre native forest preserve, of what used to be 40,000 acres. They first hiked around the preserve to learn what this land used to look like and to discover which of the plants and trees are native and which ones are not (and how the non-native plants arrived on the island). They ended the day with helping to remove the fountain grass which poisons the native trees so new trees cannot grow. 
The girls had fun and worked hard and are looking forward to bringing more of their Girl Scout sisters to the sanctuary to help. The troop hopes to schedule at least 3 trips to the Koai'a Tree Sanctuary per year and hopefully other areas as well."
Marci Goldman-Manker, Hawai'i Island Membership and Program Coordinator  

Do you know a troop making a difference in the community?
We would love to hear their story! 




Community Offers: 

The Harlem Globetrotters Tickets:
The Harlem Globetrotters are coming back to Honolulu! Don’t miss out on the Scouts Only discount (each ticket does come with a patch).
For Dates, and to Buy Tickets Click Here.
The American Red Cross:
The Paradigm Challenge
Across the Nation, the American Red Cross responds to about 70,000 disasters each year (about 1 every 8 minutes) and an average of 7 people a day perish in home fires.  In Hawaii, we respond to disasters every 4 days.  Over 90 percent of these disasters are fire-related.
The Paradigm Challenge is a privately funded youth challenge, supported by the Red Cross, to motive youth to learn about fire safety and take action to reduce death and injuries from home fires.  For challenge entries, youth can submit ideas to save lives such as posters, videos, inventions, messages, community events, mobile apps, websites or anything else.  
Who is eligible to participate?
The challenge is open to all youth ages 7 to 18

What are the prizes?
The 100 teams with the best ideas will win cash prizes up to $100,000.  Winning teams of four or more in three age divisions will share:
•    1st Place: $20,000 (One of the first place teams will win the $100,000 Grand Prize)
•    2nd Place: $10,000
•    3rd Place: $5,000
•    Runners-up will receive a cash prize of $500 per team, regardless of team size

When is the deadline?
Deadline for entries is on July 1, 2015.  One hundred finalists will be announced on July 11, and the public will vote from July 11-25.  The final winners will be chosen on August 1, then flown to Los Angeles for an awards ceremony.  
Junior Camp – Get Moving!
·         Who:  All registered Junior Girl Scouts (outgoing 3rd grade – outgoing 6th grade).
·         When: June 5th – 7th, 2015.
·         Where: Camp Paumalu
·         Registration opens April 15, 2015
Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo
celebrates Earth Month — April 2015
(HONOLULU, HI – March 13, 2015) – In celebration of Earth Month, the City and County of Honolulu’s
Department of Environmental Services and the Hawaii State Department of Health present the eighth annual Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo. This family-friendly event promotes keeping O‘ahu clean and free of pollution, from the mountaintops to the ocean.

Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo
Saturday, April 18, 2015
9 a.m. to 2 p.m
Waikīkī Aquarium
The free expo will have interactive booths showcasing programs that preserve and protect Hawai‘i’s environment.
·         Watch the premiere of The Journey Home puppet show, a story about Apoha, the o‘opu.
·         Take pictures with Apoha and take home his story booklet.
·         Enjoy a Hawaiian stream mural created by O‘ahu elementary students.
·         Delight in performances by students of Hawaii Education of the Arts.
·         Explore water pollution prevention and ocean-related arts and crafts booths.
·         Observe the release of moi to the nearby ocean shores.
·         Take home a free native Hawaiian plant from Hawaiian Electric Company
Food will be available for purchase. Complimentary water stations will be provided by for guests that bring refillable bottles.
Free parking and shuttles will be available at Waikīkī Elementary School beginning at 8:45 a.m.
For more information please contact the City & County of Honolulu Storm Water Public Outreach at (808) 768-3248 or visit
Peace First Prize
Nominate Yourself OR Someone You Know
Expanding Your Horizons

Discover the Art of Ikebana!
















Monday, March 23, 2015

Don’t forget to register for…
Girl Scouts of Hawai’i Annual Meeting
·         Who:  All registered members of GSH
·         When: April 11, 2015, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
·         Where: GSH Council Office (2nd Floor Ala Moana Hotel)
Registration closes on March 27, 2015
Gold Award Workshop
·         Who:        Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts interested in learning more about developing a Gold
Award Proposal.  If your girls are bridging from Cadette to Senior Girl Scouts and would like to learn more and to plan ahead, feel free to join us at the workshop.
·         When:     Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 6:00pm to 7:00pm
·         Where:   Girl Scout Office or via webinar
·         RSVP:   email Janelle Harkness.
Brownie and Junior Camp
·         Who:        Brownie & Junior Girl Scout Troops and adult chaperones.
    All girls must be accompanied by at least one adult chaperone.
·         When:     Saturday, April 11, 2015 – Sunday, April 12, 2015
·         Where:   Camp Paumalu
·         To register:              
Registration closes 3/30/2015
Camping Hawaiian Style:
·         Who:  All registered adult members and Program Aides
·         When: April 4, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.)
·         Where:  Camp Paumalu
·         To Register:
  Registration closes 3/30/2015
Gold Award Ceremony
·         Who:  Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award recipients, as well as families and friends.
·         When:  April 25, 2015, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
·         Where:  Central Union Church
·         To Register:
"Preparing for Your Bright Future" Sponsored by Girl Scouts of Hawaii, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the National Association of Asian American Professionals
·         Who:  Event is FREE for 10th -12th grade girls (does not need be a registered GSH member)
·         What: participate in a roundtable discussion with local professionals, as well as begin college and career planning.
·         When: Sunday, April 19, 2015, 1:30-4:00 p.m.
·         Where: Ala Moana Hotel
·         To Register: 
Events to Look Forward To…
Junior Camp – Get Moving!
·         Who:  All registered Junior Girl Scouts
                               (outgoing 3rd grade –      outgoing 6th grade).
·         When: June 5th – 7th, 2015.
·         Where: Camp Paumalu
·         Registration opens April 15, 2015
STEM Camp:
·         Who: All registered Girl Scouts of Hawaii girls.
·         When: Friday, July 17, 2015 – July 19, 2015
·         Where: Camp Paumalu
·         Registration coming soon!!
SOW WHAT? Senior Camp Journey!
·         Who: Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors.
·         When: September 18, 2015 – September 20, 2015
·         Where:  Camp Paumalu
·         Registration Coming Soon!
Volunteer Recognitions
Nominations due by April 27, 2015
Know an exceptional troop leader?  Do you work with a dedicated volunteer who may not have their own troop?  Nominate them for one of our volunteer recognitions.  For more information and to download nomination forms go to: Deadline is April 27, 2015.
Questions?  Problems accessing the documents?   Submitting a nomination?
Email: Jennifer Gire 
Camp Volunteer Positions
Junior Camp – Get Moving
·    Looking for volunteers who would like to be part of a committee to plan Junior-Get Moving Camp which will be held Friday, June 5th through Sunday, June 7th.  We are specifically looking for volunteers who would like to plan and run a Get Moving station at camp (general guidelines will be provide). Volunteers will need to be available to attend committee meetings (committee meetings will be offered via webinar, if you cannot attend in person).  Interested? Please contact Anne Rice at
·    STEM Camp will be in July.  If you or anybody you know is a STEM professional and would like to participate for ½ day at camp, please contact Anne Rice at
It’s Your Story – Tell It!
Girl Scouts of Hawaii would love to tell your story!  Remember, if a troop or service unit has a media opportunity, please let Girl Scouts of Hawai`i know in advance.
Send your stories to
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