Zonta Hilo & A. Earhart

On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific while attempting to be the first pilot to circle the world at the equator.

Zonta International was the only non-flying organization that she joined voluntarily, in Boston in 1928. At her disappearance, Earhart belonged to Zonta Club of New York.

On January 6, 1935, she planted a tree on Hilo’s Banyan Drive. Zonta Club of Hilo regularly pays tribute to the aviator by placing flowers at the banyan tree.

Zonta International offers the Amelia Earhart Fellowship Awards, valued at $10,000 each, for women pursuing graduate study in aerospace-related sciences and aerospace-related engineering.

The Zonta Club of Hilo regularly presents the Amelia Earhart Award, a local service grant, for young people pursuing math or science. Click here for information.