Inspiring Women: Our March Cover Story

To mark Women’s History Month and celebrate International Women‘s Day on March 8, we profile six extraordinary women in our March issue.


We all know women in Hawai‘i, probably several, who do things ​​that make life better. ​Whether under the radar or publicly, they ​​​tackle problems, accomplish the difficult and change lives. Their stories may or may not be widely known, but they all make a difference. So, for this issue, we are spotlighting a few of these extraordinary people in our March cover story.


Inspiring Women Who Make Hawai‘i a Better Place


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March Issue Cover


So many possibilities. Women are impactful in many areas​:​​ business, government, the arts, community service. Our editorial team brainstormed, and we selected six, including a few behind-the-scenes choices, who stand out. Puanani Burgess, Dawn Lippert, Brandy Nālani McDougall, Sabrina McKenna, Jennine Sullivan and Ashley Watts make for a diverse group. They mediate conflicts, leverage Hawai‘i’s innovations internationally, work toward sustainability, speak out for the disenfranchised, feed those in need and help others overcome trauma with the power of their words.


Their stories personally lifted me. The news is often filled with troubling events, and it’s easy to forget amid such chaos that there are many people with drive and vision bolstering our community. As we kick off Women’s History Month, which honors women’s contributions across the country, it’s a pleasure to share these stories of hope.


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Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino

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Diane Seo, Editorial Director