Honolulu branch 

  • ​​Every first Wednesday (except January, when it is moved to the second or third Wednesday), 11:30a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We do not meet June-July-August, and December's gathering takes the form of a holiday party. All meetings feature fascinating presenters and presentations related to literary, visual, and performing arts. 

  • ​Throughout the year, interested Pen Women gather together to attend cultural events, preceded by a delicious meal near the theater or concert venue. Frequency of the outings depends the event and level of interest. Check here for upcoming Delectable Detours.

  • ​In the spring or early summer of every odd-numbered year, Pen Women Honolulu sponsors a juried art show featuring artwork of our members. Cash awards are offered.

  • ​In the spring of every even-numbered year, Pen Women Honolulu sponsors a writers' conference for members and the public, featuring distinguished authors and hands-on workshops. (Exception: 2018)

  • ​The Lorin Tarr Gill biennial writing competition (every even-numbered year) is open to all writers of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Cash awards are offered in each category. Click here for most recent winners.

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                                                               next luncheon meeting

                                Wednesday, March 6, 2019 


                                             The Pacific Club, 1451 Queen Emma Street, Honolulu         




Melanie Ide is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bishop Museum. Her talk will explore for us the wide-ranging demands and joy of discoveries in museum development. Appointed January 8, 2018, the director brought with her nearly 30 years of experience in museum planning, design and program development. Previously she served as a principal of the world-renowned Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA), a multi-disciplinary, international planning and design firm with active projects in more than twenty countries. From 2005-2014, Melanie led the RAA team to restore and reinterpret the now iconic Hawaiian Hall and Pacific Hall at Bishop Museum and the first phase of their comprehensive master plan.

Other signature projects have included the iconic Fossil Halls, Hall of Biodiversity, and Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, N.Y.; the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.; the United States Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C.; and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.  She led the team and continues to consult for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, Illinois, a project that resonates strongly in its mission to train new leaders to make positive change in their communities.


   DEADLINE FOR LUNCHEON RESERVATIONS: 12:00 Noon Friday, March 1, 2019
   Members and Friends: $30
   Member: A dues-paying member of the National League of American Pen Women
   Friend: A person who has applied for Friend status and supports the Honolulu Pen Women with an annual, tax-deductible, donation
   Guest/Other: $32
   Late Fee: $5

             ATTENTION: Payments received after the deadline will be charged a $5 late fee in addition to the regular charge.                    If bringing a guest, please list the name(s) on your registration form.  

RESERVATIONS: Send your check to Baerbel Miller, 933 Kapoho Place, Honolulu, HI 96825. Please indicate your status (Member, Friend, Guest), the number attending, and names of any guests you may be bringing. Please notify Baerbel before March 30 if you will be paying cash at the door.

Reservations made after the deadline must pay a late fee of $5.00. If you cancel BEFORE the deadline, your check will be shredded. It will not be applied to the next meeting.

NO REFUNDS or CREDITS for no-shows or cancellations after the deadline.
If you’re worried about mailing your check too close to the deadline, please contact Baerbel Miller, to give her a heads-up.          Phone: 396-9324, Email:
gigibarbel@yahoo.com. Leave your name and phone number (and if applicable, the names of your guests).​​​

Luncheon meetings

delectable detours


Art exhibition

writers' conference

writing competition

Melanie Ide



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