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A letter from our CEO, Kimberly Miyazawa Frank

Kimberly Miyazawa Frank

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a letter from our ceo 


I have just completed my tenth week at the YWCA of O'ahu, and what an exciting time it has been! Thank you all for welcoming me into the YWCA 'ohana, and sharing with me your past experiences with the YW, and hopes for the YW's future. We have an exciting year ahead of us. In the meantime, below are some updates:

  • YWCA of O'ahu will engage in advocacy. Our platform will be consistent with the YWCA USA platform, and simultaneously focused on local issues. You can learn more by reading the article immediately below, and by visiting our dedicated Advocacy page, or contact Carmille Lim, our Manager of Development and Advocacy. 
  • You will receive two main types of electronic communication: the traditional "my story | your story" e-blast that you have been receiving, plus this new "YW Connection", a comprehensive e-newsletter that will explore in greater detail advocacy updates, organization and program updates & outcomes. YW Connection will also include testimonials from members and friends of the YW, and updates from some of our community partners.
  • Wahine Forum Network has been expanded to include additional events under the new Wahine Forum Network Speaker Series. Please read more about it below.
  • Cafe Julia @ YWCA will open in May 2012. Read our press release here.   
  • Building Economic Self-Sufficiency for Women remains a focus at the YWCA of O'ahu. With your generous support, each of our programs in this area, including Dress for Success Honolulu, Wahine Moving Forward and Homebase continues to grow.  A special mahalo to those involved in creating our garden at Fernhurst Residence which supports Homebase, a program that provides women in transition affordable housing and job-seeking support while transitioning to stability. 

There is much more to come, so please stay tuned. And thank you for your part in keeping the YWCA going strong. I am truly honored to serve our women and girls as the CEO of the oldest and largest women's association in Hawai'i. I look forward to the challenge of building on this legacy.

My warmest thanks,


Kimberly Miyazawa Frank
Chief Executive Officer
YWCA of O'ahu


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