Zonta Club of Hilo to Honor Jackie Pualani Johnson with Rose Award

The Zonta Club of Hilo will honor Professor Jackie Pualani Johnson with its biennial “Rose Award of Excellence” on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

Professor Jackie Pualani Johnson

Professor Jackie Pualani Johnson

The Zonta Rose Award of Excellence recognizes women who have made significant impact on the lives of others through their employment, volunteer activities and associations. The award is part of Zonta International’s observance of International Women’s Day and Zonta Rose Day. Zonta’s mission is to empower women through service and advocacy.

“Zonta Hilo is proud to play a part in celebrating Jackie’s extraordinary achievements and contributions to the arts, education and throughout the community,” said Julie Tulang, Zonta Hilo Service Chair. “For nearly four decades, Jackie has worn many hats—teacher, mentor, performer, director—inspiring and sparking creativity wherever she goes.”

Johnson was born and raised in Hilo. She is a graduate of St. Joseph High School, where she began singing under the direction of Clarence Waipa. Johnson received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in drama from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has performed hula and chanted oli for international audiences, and played a number of roles in local theater productions including Golde in Fiddler on the Roof and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. Johnson helped organize, and appeared in, Hilo Community Players’ Shakespeare-in-the-Park, now in its 39th year. For the outdoor summer production’s 25th anniversary, she fulfilled a lifelong dream, presenting a pidgin version of a Shakespeare classic re-titled One Uddah Mid’summah.

Johnson is professor and chair of the Performing Arts Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, where she began teaching in 1979. She has taught acting, stage make-up, costuming and directing, and provided oral interpretation of literature with an emphasis on works by local writers. Johnson has directed more than seventy productions, and plans to retire from UHH in May 2017.

Recently, she acted in and directed historical performances for Kona Historical Society including Isabella Bird at Kealapuali, Kona Coffee Days and A Visit to Kalu Kalu as well as scripts based on the lives of female monarchs in Hawaii including Queen Kaahumanu and Queen Liliuokalani. Johnson is married with three daughters and six grandchildren.

For more information about the Zonta Rose Award event or to purchase tickets—$25 includes dinner—contact Ashley Kierkiewicz at (808) 989-4004 or via email: alk@hastingsandpleadwell.com by March 9.

About Zonta Club of Hilo
The Zonta Club of Hilo was founded in 1950 and is part of Zonta International, a global organization whose mission is to empower women through service and advocacy. To learn more about the club’s service projects, special events, advocacy efforts and scholarship opportunities, visit zontahilo.org.

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