Mar 13 GST823 Updates

We are mid-way through our cookie booth sales month and have sold about 70% of our goal.  Here we are today (Mar 13) at Lihue Times from 9a – 3p…getting some Cookie Captain time down by mentoring Abygail and Sharayah Simao from the Boys & Girls Club After School Program.  Mahalo to Officer Nero for stopping by to support us.  We know… Girl Scout cookies are much better than donuts, right?!



Yesterday, Saturday – March 12th, we were at the Kapaa Safeway from 11a – 2p.  Got in some Cookie Captain time too with little Gabby girl and Karsley!


Did you know that March 12th was Girl Scouts Birthday?!!


And the week prior, was National Girl Scout week?

GS Week 2016

Thursday, March 6th, Britnee helped out at the Boys & Girls Club Ohana Night as a Cookie Captain from .  No photo was taken.

Last Sunday, March 6th – our Senior Girls, Britnee & Kaytlen worked at Lihue Times 3 – 6p; earning some Cookie Captain time with Miss. Gabby.  JoAnn Yukimura stopped by and supported our troop by purchasing a couple boxes.


Last Saturday, March 5th – our Cadette Girl Scouts worked at Lihue Times 9a – 3p


Jayda also donated some canned goods to Alexis’ Food Drive service project.


Friday, March 5th – Kyla and Britnee worked a booth in Hanamaulu from 4-6p earning Cookie Captain hours.  No photo was taken.

Sunday, February 28th – we worked at Lihue Longs 3 – 6p and had two tables set-up.



Kaytlen and Britnee donated 1 rice bag each to Alexis’ Food Drive service project.



And our first day of cookie sales – Saturday, February 27th – we were at Kmart 9a-3p.


Last but not least,

our Kajukenbo class #6 – the final class of the session was held on Thursday, March 10th.  The girls were tested on what they have learned thus far and received their certificates.  Congratulations!!




Congratulations In Order

February has been a month of Good News for a few members of our troop:

Jayda Wakilina was selected for state-level recognition in the 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.  In a letter dated February 9th, she was informed that they were impressed with her commitment and energy she displayed in her volunteer activities and would be receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award certificate and letter from President Barack Obama.

Congratulations Jayda!

Britnee Akau was selected to receive a Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award from the Soroptimist International of Honolulu.  She will be presented with a $500 cash award in recognition of her commitment in making the community and world a better place through her leadership and volunteer efforts.  The award presentation will take place on Saturday, March 26th on Oahu.

Britnee Akau was selected to receive an engraved bronze Distinguished Finalist medal in the 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.  In a letter dated February 5th, she was informed that she was chosen by state-level judges as one of the top Hawaii runners-up in this years’ program.  It’s a great honor for her, her school and her community.  She’s an exemplary role model for her peers.  Her medal will be presented to her at a later date.  She was also informed that she would be receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award certificate and letter from President Barack Obama.  Additionally, she’s been invited by the Hawaii State Legislature to participate in Education Week 2016 at the Hawaii State Capitol.  Floor presentations to honor her and the other awardees will take place on March 21st on Oahu.  CLICK HERE for more information.    CLICK HERE to read the National Press Release.  CLICK HERE to read the State Press Release on Business Wire.  CLICK HERE to read Girl Scouts of Hawaii Blog post about Britnee’s award.

Congratulations Britnee!


Kyla Koerte was nominated to be one of twenty Girl Scouts of the Girl Planning Team for the National Council Session and Convention 2017.  “The Girl Planning Team will be an integral part of the planning and implementation of all aspects of the National Council Session and Convention. From May 2016 until October 2017, this group of 20 young women from across the Girl Scouting Movement will help design the experience for older Girl Scouts at Convention, and provide input and feedback on areas such as: activities, panel presentations, discussion sessions, special events, marketing Convention, and more. At the 2017 Convention in Columbus, they will serve as part of the Convention team that is leading the implementation of the event.”  If selected, she will travel to the mainland three times – to Ohio in July 2016, to New York in July 2017, and lastly to Ohio in October 2017.  Convention will take place on October 4 through 8, 2017.  For more information on the convention, CLICK HERE.

Congratulations Kyla!  We anxiously wait to hear the results!

And lastly….

Kyla Koerte and Kaytlen Akau both received letters form Wigs For Kids thanking them for their hair piece contributions.

Kaytlen Akau received a letter from Pantene Beautiful Lengths thanking her for her hair piece contribution.

We are very proud of the accomplishments of our Girl Scouts and look forward to many more opportunities for all of them like this!!  There are many more exciting opportunities to come!

Feb 28th GST823 Updates

Our last meeting was held on February 21st.  Here are a few things that were accomplished:

1 – Kyla completed her My Promise, My Faith Award which helps us explore how Girl Scouting and your faith offer similar ideas about how to act – and how Girl Scouting can tie into your faith. This is a pin that can be earned once a year for every year we are in Girl Scouts. All we have to do is choose a different line of the Law each year.


Kaytlen, Aleah and Jayda previously completed the five steps and earned their pins.  Alexis is working on hers at home.


2 – Aleah & Jayda completed their Trailblazing Badge which extended from our night hike up the Sleeping Giant.  It was a physically challenging team-building exercise overall.  The girls brought snacks which they ate when we reached our destination at the top.  The practiced navigating using the Sky Map on their cell phones.  They also identified as many constellations as they could in the night sky.  Of course, Sky Map made it a very easy process.  The girls talked about the stories behind the stars from Greek mythology – Orions Belt = 3 kinds/3 sisters.  And we learned that Aleah is obsessed with Greek Mythology!


In addition, both girls began working on their Night Owl Badge which will be completed at a later point in time.


3 – Our Cadettes – Jayda, Aleah and Alexis finished putting the plans together for their Brownie Girl Scouts Dance Workshop which will take place on Sunday, April 17th from 1 to 3pm at Aloha Dance Studio.  This workshop will enable the three girls to earn their LiA Award while the Brownies will earn their Dancer Badge.

Brownie Girl Scouts may register for this workshop by CLICKING HERE.  Cost is $7 which is due by April 1st.

4 – Our Seniors – Kyla, Kaytlen and Britnee finished putting the plans together for their Sisterhood Movie Night which will take place on Thursday, March 17th at Lihue Hongwanji from 5 to 8pm.

Kauai Girl Scouts may register for this event by CLICKING HERE.  Cost is $10 which is due by March

Kajukenbo Classes.  Class #5 was held on February 18th.  Jayda, Aleah and Alexis attended.


Because of our cookie arrival, we had to put off our 6th Kajukenbo class.  Girls need to complete 6 classes in order to complete their badge.  More info to follow…

Cookie Arrival was on February 25th –  Pickup was at the Veterans Center in Lihue.  Our cookie captains worked hard at loading up all their cookies to take home and sell.


2016 Silver Award Projects in Progress

09905pOur troop has three Cadette’s currently working on their Silver Awards – the highest award that a Cadette can earn.  The project itself is meant to “make the world a better place”.  Cadette’s need to also plan for sustainability in their projects.  They also have to measure the project impact on their community – knowing their goals, target audience, and developing success indicators.  Projects of this nature require different lengths of time from start to finish, however it is suggested that each Silver Award project include a minimum of 50 hours to complete.  Keep in mind that quality is more important that quantity.

To learn more about the girls projects, you may visit their website/blogs to find out more information.  You may also follow along with their projects by electing to follow their blogs via email by clicking on the option on their sites.

Food DriveAlexis is working on her project by herself.  She’s named her project “The Hunger Helper by Alexis”.  She will be organizing a Community Food Drive to benefit the Hawaii Foodbank.  CLICK HERE to view her blog.  Yes, this project is sustainable as she looks forward to doing the same every year especially being that she has helped with food drives as such from when she was a young child.

imagesAleah and Jayda are working on their project together.  They’ve named the project “Aleah and Jayda Take Action”.  They will be feeding the homeless at Kauai Economic Opportunity’s Homeless Emergency Shelter named Mana’olana.  CLICK HERE to view their blog.  You may also CLICK HERE to make a donation via their GoFundMe site.  Yes, this project is sustainable as they look forward to doing it annually, in addition to hoping to inspire other individuals and organizations to do the same.

If you or someone you know would like to support these girls by making a donation, feel free to contact us and we will help you make that connection!  Thank You!

1st Troop Meeting of 2016

Our first troop meeting of 2016 was held today, January 3rd.  In attendance were Aleah, Jayda and Kaytlen.

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We discussed implementing a more formal approach to troop meetings that will be scheduled with an agenda ahead of time in order to accomplish goals more effectively.  The agenda will consist of an opening, troop business, activities, and a closing.

**We talked about the Pledge of Allegiance, Girl Scout Promise and Law.

**Next, we discussed our order of business.

  • Troop government =  Girl Scouts use democratic ways meaning that everyone has an opportunity to say what she would like to do however votes are cast and majority rules.  Everyone in the troop works together with making activities happen.  It was decided that we will proceed with an “Executive Board” form of government.  Each will take turns being troop officers.

The following officers will proceed till the end of the Girl Scout year which ends on September 30, 2016:

President = Kyla Koerte
Vice President = Kaytlen Akau
Secretary = Aleah Yano
Treasurer = Jayda Wakilina

Awards Committee Chair = TBA
Cookie Committee Chair = TBA
Community Service Committee Chair = TBA

What does the President (Kyla) do?  She LEADS discussions at troop meetings.  She tells the girls what the topic is, listens to the ideas, makes sure everyone has an opportunity to say what they think, and keeps the discussion on track.  She represents or speaks for the troop at Executive Board meetings.  She makes an agenda for each meeting and leads the troop business or planning meeting using the agenda.  She helps the troop organize to get jobs done and welcomes new girls to the troop helping them learn about being a Girl Scout unless she assigns that task to someone else.

What does the Vice President (Kaytlen) do?  She HELPS the President at troop meetings and fills in for the President if and when she is not present.  The President may delegate some of her job to the VP like having the VP be in charge of making announcements, etc.

What does the Secretary (Aleah) do?  She is a NOTE-TAKER and a LETTER-WRITER.  At the Executive Board meeting, she records ideas shared and decisions made.  She keeps a record of what each member reports and a record of what each committee’s job will be during the troop activities.  If anyone has a question, the Secretary should have a record in her notes.  She has a special notebook to use for this.  If the troop needs to send out a thank you note or write a letter, etc, the Secretary writes it.  She also makes record of who will do what.

What does the Treasurer (Jayda) do?  She RECORDS the money.  She collects the troop dues and keeps record of who has paid and who owes the troop money.  She adds up the dues collected and records it for the troop leader and reports to the Executive Board how much money is in the troop’s bank account.  The Treasurer is also the money planner.  She helps by making a budget or planning how to spend the money, keeping track of activities including cookie sale program finances.

What do the Committee Chairs do?  They are responsible for assigned committees which are tasked to do certain specific jobs.

  • Dues were talked about but not collected.  Everyone, please pay dues for this meeting at your next opportunity.  Thank you!
  • We talked a bit about our upcoming Cookie Rally on Thursday.  We need to meet before Thursday with Kyla present in order to be sure we have everything set in time.  We also need to be there early.  Here is the registration link that has been set up for the event so we have a head count of how many people to expect.  Also, we reiterated our per girl goal of 150 boxes this year.  This should bring in about $720 of cookie proceeds.
  • Goals = We need to prepare a calendar for the remaining portion of this GS year.  Until then, an ical has been set up and the link has been shared with all girls and parents in our troop.  If you have not activated the link, please do so so that you have access to the calendar on your phone.  If you have not received the link, please request it from our troop leader.  In addition, emails have been sent out inviting all girls and parents to follow our blog.  This is so that every time a post is made, an email is automatically sent out to you so that you can read what was posted without having to go directly to the website to find out.  We also decided that we need to re-take our photos in uniform to replace those already posted on our “About Us” page.

Next up, we went over our Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting and looked at the different awards that we have earned and the others which we may earn.  We talked about being able to do it on our own as well as a group with the troop.  Both options are available to each of us.  We then worked on an award:

The My Promise, My Faith Award which helps us explore how Girl Scouting and your faith offer similar ideas about how to act – and how Girl Scouting can tie into your faith.  This is a pin that can be earned once a year for every year we are in Girl Scouts.  All we have to do is choose a different line of the Law each year.  We each, Kaytlen, Aleah and Jayda, completed five steps and earned the pin.  For those who weren’t present with us today, you may still earn this award.  We have the paperwork for you to do and can assist you at the next meeting unless you would prefer to work on it on your own ahead of time.

This is the Senior Pin Kaytlen earned today:


This is the Cadette Pin Jayda and Aleah earned today:


We did not work on our Journey books today as we prefer to work on it together as a troop.

Finally, we closed our meeting by cleaning up.

Next official troop meeting will be on Sunday, January 17th at 1pm.
Don’t forget we have our self defense classes coming up which starts on Thursday, January 14th!

2015 Awards Luncheon

Our end of year 2015 awards luncheon was held on Sunday, December 20th at JJ’s Broiler in Nawiliwili.  The girls all wore their brand new uniforms for the first time along with their sashes full of badges earned.  They were recognized for their participation in the past years cookie program in which these five girls achieved CEO status for selling over 700 boxes of cookies each.  The awards highlighted were the Silver Torch Award, Cadette Community Service Bar and the President’s Volunteer Service Award; all of which are recognitions for the many hours of community service performed in a years time.


Pictured above:  Delcey Garma (co-troop leader), Aleah Yano, Alexis Cacabelos, Jayda Wakilina, Kyla Koerte, Kaytlen Akau and Teresa Caires (troop leader).

The Silver Torch Award recognizes Cadettes who act as leaders in their communities. Requirements are 1) Complete one Cadette Leadership Journey and 2) serve one full term in a leadership position.

The Journey we worked on over the year was aMaze! from the series: It’s Your World – Change It!

Recipients are:
Aleah Yano – for her term as an Assistant Dance Teacher at ADS (2014-2015).  Alexis Cacabelos – for her term as 2014 Young Miss Hawaiian Royalty.  Kaytlen Akau – for her term as an Assistant Dance Teacher at ADS (2014-2015).  Kyla Koerte – for her term as President of GSH Troop 823 (2014-2015).  And, Britnee Akau – for her full term as 2014 Petite Miss Hawaiian Royalty.

The Cadette Community Service Bar is an award that recognizes a Cadette who has made a difference in their community and practices the values of the Girl Scout Law. It’s also a great way for them to get involved with a particular cause they care about. To earn the bar, the requirement is to choose an organization to volunteer with, be given instructions by the organization on what to do, and complete at least 20 hours of service.

Recipients are:
Aleah Yano– for her service to Aloha Dance Studio (2014 – 2015 = 39 hours approx).  Jayda Wakilina– for her service to the 2015 County of Kauai’s Summer Enrichment Program (June – July 2015 = 243 hours).  Kaytlen Akau – for her service to the 2014 and 2015 County of Kauai’s Summer Enrichment Program (June – July 2014 = 142 hours + June – July 2015 = 133.25).  Kyla Koerte– for her service to the 2015 Lihue Hongwanji Preschool Summer Program (June – July 2015 = 107.25 hours).  And, Britnee Akau – for her service to the 2014 County of Kauai’s Summer Enrichment Program (June – July 2014 = 74.75 hours)..

Bridging…  Kaytlen Akau, Britnee Akau and Kyla Koerte bridged to Senior Girl Scouts.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a Presidential recognition is a tremendous honor which sets recipients apart from their peers. Our Girl Scouts do not serve for the purpose of seeking recognition in any way.  They do because they simply want to be of service to their community and want to set a positive example for other island youth.  This award can help them in delivering a powerful message which hopefully inspires others to take action as well.  Hours have been measured over the 12-month period of July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.  The awards are designated based upon age, service hours and in multiple levels designed to recognize each milestone of service achievement.  As recipients of the award, these girls have received a personalized certificate, a medallion and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States.

Recipients are:
Aleah Yano– 90.75 hours, Alexis Cacabelos– 82.25 hours, Jayda Wakilina– 165.5 hours, Kaytlen Akau– 285.25 hours, Kyla Koerte – 68.25 hours, and Britnee Akau – 101 hours.  Total hours: 793

Tamara Akau, registered Adult Girl Scout and Adult Volunteer also received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for completing 100 hours of community service.  The majority of her hours were earned as a Prime Time Mentor at Betz Elementary School in Cheney, Washington where she attends college.


Congratulations girls!  We are so very proud of all of you!



2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Award

On February 10, 2015, our very own – Kaytlen Akau, was named the 2015 Hawaii State Middle School Honoree for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.  Click on this link to view the list of all honorees selected.  Congratulations Kaytlen!  What an honor!!

Kaytlen won a medal, $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. in May 2015 to attend national recognition events.  Here are some photos of her amazing journey as an award recipient: