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Our History

Gladys Leisner, an elementary school principal in San Francisco, was invited to join Alpha Delta Kappa. She declined since she was moving to Hawai'i. After settling in Honolulu, she wrote to Alpha Delta Kappa headquarters in Kansas City for information about the Hawai`i chapter. No chapter was in existence in Hawai`i.

Agnes Shipman Robertson, one of the founders of the International sorority, felt this was a good opportunity for expansion. She contacted Mr. W. Gordon and Mr. P. Saborne of the Department of Public Instruction (now called the Department of Education) for names of possible candidates. Agnes came to Honolulu to interview candidates and on March 26, 1959, Alpha chapter was chartered with the initiation of eight teachers. These founding members were: Gladys Leisner, Hazel Guider (member-at-large), Puamana Brickner, Beryl Seeley, Tracy Lavin, Beverly Hansen, Mary Murakami, and Kay Nagaishi. In order to fulfill the requirement of having thirteen members to receive a charter, five more members were added: Kay Dillinger, Irene Okawaki, Ethel Hasegawa, Helen Matsui, and Bettie Nakagawa. It was not until April, 1968 that Hawai'i received a state charter with the three chapters in existence: Alpha, Beta, and Gamma.

First Officers of Hawai`i Alpha Delta Kappa, 1968​

Seated: Mary Murakami, Virginia Koch, Ethel Hasegawa, Kay Nagaishi;

Standing: Dorothy Vaio (SWR), Irene Okawaki, Betty Wong, Dorothy Lum, Jessie Cordua (SWR), Doris Homme (International), Toshie Shishido, Kiyono Ebisu, Florence Ikeda, Mayme Chinn (SWR)

Hawai'i Alpha Delta Kappa Past State Presidents

 Ethel Hasegawa (1968) - Omega 2020                Connie Ko (1986)                             Ethel Murakami (2004)

 Eleanor Ko (1970)                                           Thelma Nip (1988)                            Janet Shimada (2006)   Jane Komeiji (1972)                                                  Irene Nakamoto (1990)                            Jean Kiyabu (2008)

 Masue Ando (1974)                                                  Shirley Ann Kimizuka (1992)                     Gayle Lum (2010)

 Mary Hendrikson (1976)                                            Janice Tashiro (1994)                                Phyllis Takeuchi Horita (2012)

 Jean Matsuda (1978)                                                 Alyce Ikeoka (1996)                                 Naomi Yap (2014)

 Carlene Toda (1980)                                                  Myrna Nishihara (1998)                           Amy Katsumoto (2016)

 Carol Jean Ching (1982)                                             Kay Yogi (2000)                                      Meredith Ching (2018)

 Su Chon Kim (1984)                                                   Cherylyn Inouye (2002)                            Jeanne Chang (2020)

Click here to view the written history of each HAK State President


Honorary Members

Mary Bitterman (1978)                                               Lyla Berg (2006)                       Dr. Pualani Kanaka`ole Kanahele (2018)  

Patsy T. Mink (1992) - Omega 2002                            Leslie Wilcox (2008).                 Carolee Nishi (2022)

Winona K. Desha Beamer (1996) - Omega 2008         Linda Coble (2010).                   Deidre Tegarden (2022)  

Rubellite K. Johnson (1998)                                         Loretta Yajima (2012)

Lynne Waihee (2002)                                                 Donna Saiki (2014) - Omega 2017

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