MOTHER OF THE YEAR
Nominees for this award are sought yearly on the state level with recommendations coming from the mother's outside contacts such as church groups, choral groups, PTA organizations, local businesses etc. Nominees are well respected, devoted mothers who interact in a positive manner on a family, spiritual, community, and civic basis.

YOUNG MOTHER
Each state also has an opportunity to choose their nominee for the State Young Mother. This award honors dedicated, outstanding mothers who are striving to improve their parenting skills and whose children are 18 and younger. These mothers can be nominated at the state level by friends, family, and acquaintances.

Past MOTHERS OF THE YEAR

2008 HAWAII MOTHER OF THE YEAR
Margaret Marie "Nip" Ho

Margaret “Nip” Ho was born in Waterloo, Iowa, raised in Midwest, Wyoming, and now lives in Pearl City, Hawaii. She has been married to her husband, Winston for 22 years and together they have raised three wonderful children.

Nip graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelors of Arts in Special Education K-12 and teaching certifications in Regular Elementary Education, Physical Education and Coaching Basketball. She received another teaching certification in Special Education birth through 5 from the University of Colorado. After graduation she taught Special Education to children ages 2-5 for 6 years.

Before having children, Nip and Winston decided that she would be a stay at
home mom where she could raise her children spiritually and morally as they wanted them to be raised.

She began working for Special Olympics Wyoming out of her home; coordinating all sports and fundraising activities for that program. This was the best of both worlds; working with an organization that you truly believe in and being able to stay at home and raise your children. With the move to Hawaii in 1996, she continued her career full time as her children were almost all in school. Nip continues to work for Special Olympics Hawaii as the Vice President of Area Services where she oversees the programs around the state. The passion that she feels for the special needs athletes that she works with is an integral part of who she is and subsequently, who her children are.

When asked what her greatest achievement has been in her life, she will tell you
that she and her husband have raised three of the best people in the world.

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2008 HAWAII YOUNG MOTHER OF THE YEAR
Jeanine Wong

Amanda (Jeanine) Fa’a’alailetaua Galea’i Schubert Wong was born on July 11, 1974 in American Samoa. Being just two weeks old, her family moved to Honolulu, Hawaii the birthplace of her mother. Later she fell in love with Michael Wong and settled in Kapolei, Hawaii. Jeanine has her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and is a Certified Nurse Assistant. She is the mother of three children (Micah, Malia & Aidan) and is active in their education by volunteering at their school. As a family they love playing board games, snuggling together and reading books together. Jeanine is a member of Makakilo Baptist Church and is an Awana leader at the Truth and Training Club level. She also volunteers with Hawaii Meals on Wheels by delivering meals to the elderly and is a Girl Scout Leader for Troop 1082. She is fiercely devoted to her family and finds strength in quiet times with God. She enjoys surfing, baking, music, photography and fine arts.

 
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