Zonta to honor senator, community leader: Hirono, Nagao to receive club’s Rose Award

  • U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono

The Zonta Club of Hilo will honor U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and community leader Irene Nagao with its biennial Rose Award of Excellence on March 26 at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Moku Ola Ballroom.

The Zonta Rose Award of Excellence recognizes women who have made a significant impact on the lives of others through their employment, volunteer activities and associations. The award is part of Zonta International’s observance of International Women’s Day and Zonta Rose Day.


Zonta’s mission is to empower women through service and advocacy.

“We are proud to celebrate Sen. Hirono’s work to improve the quality of life for humanity across the globe and Irene’s efforts here at home to help those who need a second or third chance at life,” said Julie Tulang, Zonta Hilo service chairwoman. “Both women have gone above and beyond in service to the local and global community and truly embody Zonta’s mission to empower women.”

Hirono has led a life of public service. From working to protect victims of domestic violence to extending protections for Filipino veterans of the U.S. military, Hirono is a fierce advocate for Hawaii, women, children and immigrants in Congress.

Nagao, president of Going Home Hawaii, has convened public and private groups to support programs for youth as well as those experiencing traumatic loss or integrating back into the community from incarceration.


Doors to the event open at 4:30 p.m.; the dinner and program start at 5:30 p.m. A limited number of tickets, which includes dinner, are available for $55 a person or $550 for a sponsor table of eight. Purchase tickets at ZontaRose2018.eventbrite.com by Monday (March 12).

The Zonta Club of Hilo was founded in 1950 and is part of Zonta International. For more information about the dinner or club, email info@zontahilo.org or visit zontahilo.org.