Caption from above photo that appeared in Honolulu Star Bulletin September 9, 1962 "Hawai'i's two official delegates to the National Conference ofn Citizenship presented lei to Colonel John H. Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit the earth, and his wife at the recent meeting in Washington, D.C. Glenn delivered the keynote address at the conference attended by Linda Brandl, president of the Kamahameha School for Girls' student council, left, and Charles M. Campbell, a teacher of American Problems at Leilehua High School. Linda has returned to school and Campbell is participating in the National Conference on Children and Youth at Oklahoma University this week."
Frequently Asked Questions
The American Legion Auxiliary Hawai'i Girls State Executive Committee is honored to offer this nationally based leadership program grounded in civics, teamwork, advocacy, consensus building and respect. Please send us an email if you have any additional questions or need assistance. What is ALA Girls State? The American Legion Auxiliary’s marquee Girls State program, first presented in 1937, is one of the most respected and coveted experiential learning programs presented in the United States. (Click here for WebSite) The program epitomizes the ALA’s mission to honor those who have brought us our freedom through our enduring commitment to develop young women as future leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. The young women become knowledgeable of the democratic process and how our republic form of government works at the state and national levels. Each summer, approximately 20,000 young women participate in weeklong ALA Girls State programs across the nation. Every American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program operates with the same patriotic values through a nonpartisan curriculum where students assume the roles of government leaders, campaigning in mock parties (often called “Federalists” and “Nationalists”) to become mayors and county and state officials of their ALA Girls State. The program is an immersive learning experience, often held on a college campus where girls live in “cities” within a dormitory-like setting. The learning, experience, memories, and friendships last a lifetime. The ALA Department of Hawai'i has named our program 'ALA Aloha Girls State'.
What is the purpose of ALA Hawai'i Girls State? The purpose is to provide an outstanding, unique, and coveted educational opportunity for the young women of our nation that instills the basic ideals and principles of American government through the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation citizenship training programs.
ALA Hawai'i Girls State is a unique and exciting government-in-action learning and leadership program in which American Legion Auxiliary members guide young women to become knowledgeable stewards of freedom, democracy and patriotic citizens. What is ALA Girls Nation? While at ALA Hawai'i Girls State, girls will have the opportunity to compete for one of two spots to attend ALA Girls Nation. During ALA Hawai'i Girls State, two girls will be chosen from a group of approximately four (4) finalists to represent Hawai'i's ALA Aloha Girls State as Senators at Girls Nation, held in Washington D.C. in July. Before arriving at ALA Girls Nation, the two Senators will collaborate to write one (1) proposed bill or resolution to present and 'campaign' for during the senate sessions at ALA Girls Nation. Templates and instructions will be provided to the two chosen. Many delegates seek to be included in the finalist group. The screening and selection process will be explained in the delegate information packet. Selection to ALA Girls Nation is based on legislation ideas, writing and oral communication abilities. Two alternates are also chosen in case one or both selected Senators are unable to attend ALA Girls Nation. For additional information, please refer to their website by clicking here.
What is the difference between ALA 'Girls State' and ALA 'Girls Nation' ? Simply put, ALA Girls State are individual programs conducted in every state across America during the initial weeks of June. In Hawai'i, the ALA named our program, ALA Aloha Girls State. During that time each state will select two delegates to represent their state to head to a national program in Washington, DC in July. That national program is called ALA Girls Nation. (More about ALA Girls Nation can be found in the question/answer above.)
When is ALA Hawai'i Girls State? A program of the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Hawai'i, called ALA Aloha Girls State is generally scheduled in the first two weeks of June. Please check Home Page for specific dates.
How and when will I receive The Delegate Information Packet? You will receive official notification. The exact date is undetermined at this time.
Will I get The Delegate Information Packet in the US mail? No, the only way to get this material is to download it from the website. KEEP IN MIND, however, that some of the documents are timely. If you wait too long to download the packet and you want to apply for the Samsung Scholarship, some military documents and information needed to be attached may be difficult or impossible to get from the U.S. Government Records Center. The Samsung Scholarship also requires a high school administrative signature and school seal.
When will I find out my Residence Hall assignment which includes my city group assignment? You will find out your room number and assigned group (known as a "city") upon arrival.
What time should I check in ? The time and building location will be listed in the Delegate Information Packet. Please contact alaHawaiiGirlsState@gmail.com if you still cannot locate it.
After I check in, can we go to a restaurant for lunch? No, once you check in, you can not leave campus. Eat before you arrive, or have a family member bring "carry-out" back to the campus.
What time can I leave? Parents and family are invited to the last assembly and delegates can leave with them. Final information will be in The Delegate Information Packet.
Do I need a doctor's signature on my health form? Yes, if you want the nursing staff to dispense "over the counter" medication, such as, aspirin, Tylenol, cough drops, sore throat lozenges, etc. You are asked to provide evidence of a current physical.
What if I forget to bring something I need? We have a shopper who knows the discount stores like the back of her hand and is an extremely efficient shopper. You give her money, she buys your item and you get the receipt back with change.
What are the living arrangements at ALA Hawai'i Girls State? You will live in a dorm area (called a city) with the other delegates, but you may be a room with 1 roommate or 3 roommates, depending on availability. There are community bathrooms, but showers and stalls are both private. You may bring additional necessities, but keep in mind you will be taking them with you upstairs to the female dorms. Pack only what you can carry!
What about meals? All meals will be provided by the ALA Hawai'i Girls State program. Delegates with special dietary needs should inform the director at least 4 weeks prior to arrival date. Delegates are welcome to bring snacks, but, please kokua and plan on sharing should you decide to bring some yummy treats. There will also be availability to purchase snacks with pocket monies that delegates are encouraged to bring.
Will there be merchandise to commemorate the time at Girls State? Absolutely, in addition to snacks, the GS Shop will have souvenirs galore for every taste, every budget. We will have t-shirts and other souvenir items. A souvenir picture CD will be sold in the GS Shop. Since it will contain all group photos of all cities as well as candid pictures of events and activities throughout the entire week, the CD will be mailed to customers after its has been professionally copied. You might also want to bring money for any incidentals that you may have forgotten. The Delegate Information Packet downloaded in the spring will also have more information about souvenirs.
What should I bring to wear? You have guidelines as to what to bring in The Delegate Information Packet. You will have to carry your luggage, so make sure it's not too heavy. During the day, most girls wear modest shorts and t-shirts. On 3 nights we dress for dinner with a nice dress, skirt or slacks and top. Thursday is Inauguration and everyone wears black dress or pants and top. Comfortable shoes are the key because there is a lot of walking on campus between buildings. We may also use many of the buildings on the campus.
What is the "Take At Home" test? While the American Legion Auxiliary feels that all information provided by the website is all important, specific material has been included in the "take-home test". This test in mandatory. It will be part of The Delegate Information Packet. The answers will be provided; each delegate will correct her own test, score it and turn in the corrected answer sheet to Registration.
What activities are included in the ALA Hawai'i Girls State week? At ALA Hawai'i Girls State you have the opportunity to take a leadership role, or to sit back and observe. You will hear the phrase, "get involved" many times. We can guarantee you will get out of the experience what you put into it. You have the chance to run for political office, to help those running for office, and to participate in group activities, such as your city's project, the State Fair, write for the daily newspaper, join the chorus or play an instrument in the band.
How do I communicate with my family and friends while I am at ALA Hawai'i Girls State? We encourage you to call home and let the folks know that you made it if you travel by bus. You can bring a cell phone but you can only make and receive calls while in Residence Hall. A phone that rings during assembly will be confiscated and returned to you at the end of the week. The schedule is jam packed so you might not be able to call as much as you would like.
Will there be any activities for those who like to sing and play a musical instrument? We have a chorus and a band that practice during free time (you can do both.) The chorus performs before the Inauguration on Wednesday evening. The band plays peppy music at assemblies and also plays at Inauguration. There is a very convenient closet behind stage to lock up instruments. There are also auditions during the week for the Thursday night Talent Show. In past years, we've had dancers from ballet to jazz, singers, twirlers, piano and instrumental solos, dramatic and comedic monologues. It's a wonderful talent show, so bring your tapes, shoes, costumes and props.
What kind of dress should I bring for the Inauguration Ceremony? The inauguration of the newly elected state officials is very elegant and we hope it will be one of your fondest memories. Each girl is asked to wear black outfit with shoes that coordinate. Can be a black dress, or black pants and top. If you do not have anything that meets this criteria, please contact alaHawaiiGirlsState@gmail.com and we will be of assistance.
Can my family visit during the week? Family is invited only at the final ceremony. (Unless there is a family emergency. In which case we request that a family member contact the Director prior to contacting the delegate.) Details to be provided in registration packet.
Can I drive myself? We do not recommend that you drive yourself because of how tired you will be on the final day when you leave. That is not conducive to good driving ability. If that is the only way you can get to the ALA Hawai'i Girls State Campus, then you must turn in your keys upon arriving at the Director's desk. They will hold your keys and check on the car daily and there may be a parking charge. Please discuss with Director PRIOR to arrival.
Can a relative who lives near the location for ALA Hawai'i Girls State come and see me while I am at ALA Hawai'i Girls State? Sorry, but, we cannot allow guests during the program due to numerous restrictions and reasons. However, you may invite them to the closing program (details will be in your registration packet).