Announcements & News

Rose Garden July 2013

posted Jul 28, 2013, 2:55 PM by Barbara Hastings

President Tonya Ozone a
ssigned each of the four Zonta Club of Hilo teams to take turns maintaining the Zonta Rose Garden at Hilo Medical Center for the 2013-14 biennium. 

Team A began its work July 21.

Denim Day

posted Apr 9, 2012, 4:09 PM by Tonya Ozone   [ updated Jan 14, 2013, 4:09 PM by Barbara Hastings ]

Zontians prep for 2013 Denim Day

Planning is underway for Zonta Club of Hilo's participation in April's Denim Day.  For more information, email us at

Denim Day 2012 in Hilo. Ask Me Why.

Hilo, Hawaii—April 25, 2012—Zonta Club of Hilo supported Denim Day today as a means to educate people about sexual violence prevention.  To support the cause, Zontians and the County of Hawaii’s Prosecutor’s Office (both sides of the island) wore denim in hope that folks ask why.

Zontians and the Prosecutor’s staff met in front of the County’s Aupuni Center for a show of denim and support for equal treatment.  It is part of observing April as Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month.

  Zontians across the world are focused on advancing the status of women and girls. Zontians envision a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential.

Why Denim? 

Denim Day is a growing global initiative to raise awareness and educate the public about rape and sexual assault. It began in 1998 after an Italian Supreme Court overturned the rape conviction of a driving instructor because his teenage student had worn tight jeans.

Since her jeans were tight, the court said, she must have helped her attacker remove them, hence the act was consensual.

Women were enraged; the next day Italian women legislators wore jeans and held signs, “Jeans: An Alibi for Rape.”  The case made international headlines, and the young woman’s jeans became a symbol of awareness that what someone wears is never an excuse for rape. Today wearing jeans is part of the international symbol against sexual violence and at least 20 of the United States officially recognize Denim Day.

Zonta Club of Hilo and the County Prosecutor’s office joined groups across the country and the world to use denim to get the message out. Zonta Club of Hilo asks businesses, organizations and individuals to wear Denim in support of sexual assault survivors and to raise awareness about sexual assault misconceptions.



Holiday Party & Auction

posted Nov 19, 2010, 2:59 PM by Barbara Hastings   [ updated Jul 15, 2015, 1:25 PM ]

Holiday Party & Auction 2014, 2013 and 2012
Each Smashed through Fundraising Goals

Our Holiday Auction continues to be an unqualified success, with Teams surpassing each other to meet and pass fundraising goals. 

General Info on Holiday Auction & Party

Each year, two of our four Teams are charged with orchestrating the annual auction and party.  It is an evening of fun and funds. 

Members: You are asked to contribute three items for the silent auction.  This is a major fundraiser for our club's activities for the East Hawaii community. 

Come to the party, have fun, and support Zonta's worthwhile programs.

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