EWCA - Hawai'i Chapter
City:  Honolulu
State:  Hawai'i
Country:  United States







Chapter Contact


Chapter Leader

Dr. Carl Hefner
(ICC 79-84, ASDP 97)
3596 Loulu Street
Honolulu, HI 96822-1120
Phone: 808-988-3828



EWCA Hawaii Chapter Annual Fundraising Dinner

I would like to personally invite Hawaii EWC Alumni, Associates and Friends to gather and strengthen our friendships within an ever-growing EWC global community! Please join us for an enjoyable evening of socializing with all of your EWC friends, both old and new!

This year we will honor:

Former EWC Dean of Education Mary Hammond as the recipient of our annual EWCA Hawaii Chapter Outstanding Service Award.

Mary Hammond retired from the East-West Center in Fall 2017, after serving as Dean of Education for ten years, followed by two and a half years as Dean and Interim Director of the Education Program. During that time, she worked with dynamic staff and student leadership teams, and 400-600 student participants each year.

During Mary’s tenure at the Center, she participated in the expansion of the number of funding streams and pathways to the student programs, including international funding partnerships, competitive grants, as well as scholarships made possible by generous individuals and alumni chapters such as the Hawai‘i Chapter’s summer travel grants. With each new funding stream and scholarship came competitive application cycles to identify deserving students who would bring positive impact to their communities in the years ahead. One of Mary’s greatest joys at the Center was interacting with the vibrant student community and observing their personal and professional growth during their time at the Center; most notably, their willingness to be brave in taking on student leadership roles for planning the many enriching gatherings held at the Center.

The EWCA-Hawaii Chapter uses funds raised from this event to go towards providing EWC student travel scholarships that enable students to attend professional conferences. Please support the Hawaii Chapter and their mission with your attendance or donation!

Carl Hefner, President - Hawai‘i Chapter


Sunday, April 28, 2019
4:30-8:00 PM
The Pacific Club
1451 Queen Emma Street
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813

Click here for more details and to view the flyer and reservation form.


EWCA Hawaii Chapter's Mailing Address

EWCA-Hawaii Chapter
P.O. Box 240604
Honolulu, Hawaii 96824


EWCA Hawaii Chapter Board

Dr. Carl Hefner, President
Mr. Keric Chin, Vice President for Fundraising
Mr. Greg Knudsen, Vice President for Networking
Dr. Azeema Faizunnisa Vogeler, Vice President for Participant Activities
Ms. Ethel A. Ward, Treasurer
Dr. Ann Auman, Secretary

Board Members:
Ms. Susan Heftel-Liquido
Mr. Dimitri Kaczmarek
Dr. Joseph L. Overton
Ms. Marlene Patton
Dr. Chhany Sak-Humphry
Ms. Itsuko Masuda Suzuki
Ms. Margo Vitarelli 

EWCPA Representative (2018-2019)
Mr. Benjamin Mosely


Goals for the Chapter
  • To support the mission of the East-West Center
  • To increase active membership in the Chapter
  • To support the Center through networking and fundraising activities


The Chapter has aimed to achieve its goals through various activities:

  • Hosting an Annual Membership Meeting and Social is held usually each Fall, where the chapter's Outstanding Service Award, with a monetary gift, is presented to an EWCA-HI alumnus who has served the Center and the Association above and beyond. In 1999, this event was held at the Hawaiian Regent Hotel, the venue of the up-coming EWC/EWCA 2000 International Conference, July 4-8, 2000.
  • Creating the Professional Linkage Program (ProLink), which provides EWC participants, an opportunity to "shadow" relevant Center alumni in order to get first-hand experience of the everyday work environment and work culture. Each semester the ProLink Committee, made up of both alumni and participants, host a social for alumni and participants to meet "their match."
  • Hosting current EWC participants on various socials and field trips to encourage alumni and participants to interact; cultivate current participants (future alumni); and offer the participants a chance to see more of Hawaii than the University campus. Past excursions have included a tour of Waimea Valley, a drum Pacific Drum Festival, and sponsorship to attend the annual meeting/social.


EWCA Hawaii Chapter Outstanding Service Award

Each year at its Annual Meeting, the EWCA Hawaii Chapter presents the Outstanding Service Award to an EWC Associate who has provided outstanding service to the East-West Center, the East-West Center Association, and/or to the local community.


2018 - Mary Hammond, Former Dean of Education, East-West Center

2017 - Patricia (Pat) Masters, Former Associate Director, Student Equity, Excellence, and Diversity (SEED), University of Hawaii at Manoa

2016 - Charles B. Salmon, Jr., Adjunct Senior Fellow, East-West Center and former US Ambassador to Laos

2015 - William (Bill) Feltz, Adjunct Arts Specialist and Former Manager of the Arts Program, East-West Center

2014 - The late Larry E. Smith, Former Dean and Director of the Program on Education and Training, East-West Center

2013 - Gordon R. Ring, Former Alumni Officer, East-West Center

2012 - Barbara B. Smith, Emeritus Professor, Department of Music, University of Hawaii at Manoa

2011 - Kem Lowry, Jr., Emeritus Professor, Department of Urban & Regional Planning, University of Hawaii at Manoa

2010 - Edward (Ned) Shultz, Dean and Professor, School of Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa

2009 - Alapaki Luke, Lecturer, University of Hawaii's Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies

2008 - Thanh-Lo Sananikone, Managing Director, PACMAR, Inc.

2007 - David P. McCauley, Director, Damon Key Bocken Leong Kupchak

2006 - Greg Trifonovitch, Former Research Associate, East-West Center

2005 - Ricardo Trimillos, Chair, Asian Studies Program, University of Hawaii at Manoa

2004 - Daniel Berman, Special Representative for South Asia, East-West Center

2003 - Sumi Makey, Former EWC Dean of Student Affairs and Open Grants

2002 - Loretta Pang, Professor, Kapiolani Community College and former Secretary/Treasurer of the EWCA Executive Board

2001 - Tin Myaing Thein, Executive Director of the Pacific Gateway Center

2000 - Jeanette “Benji” Bennington, Former Curator of the East-West Center Exhibition Series

1999 - Larry Foster, Dean, William Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii and former President, EWCA Hawaii Chapter

1998 - Puongpun Sananikone, President of Pacific Management Resources and former President, EWCA Executive Board

1997 - Lyn Flanigan, Vice President of Hawaiian Airlines and Member, EWC Board of Governors

1996 - Chhany Sak-Humphry, Lecturer, Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages, University of Hawaii and Community Volunteer

1995 - Puanani Burgess, Executive Director, Wai’anae Coast Community Alternative Development Corporation

1994 - Lynn Martin, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts

1993 - Rose Nakamura, Former EWC Program Officer and Outstanding Community Volunteer

1992 - Cleo Kobayashi, Volunteer Extraordinaire and Co-chair, EWCA 2000 Conference

1991 - Vicki Shambaugh, Director of Research and Development, Pacific Health Research Institute and former President, EWCA Executive Board

1990 - Marion Saunders, Civil Rights Champion and former EWC Program Officer

1989 - Amy Agbayani, Director of Student Equity, Excellence & Diversity,University of Hawaii and President, EWCA Executive Board

Chapter Information

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