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

2010 HAWAII MOTHER OF THE YEAR
Cathy Smith Wong

Cathy Smith Wong was born and raised in North Carolina. Her heritage is Irish, English and Native American. Cathy has been married for 23 years to Darrell and has two children. They both dedicate their lives to their Savior Jesus Christ so that they may teach their children life lessons by living the examples that Christ has given them. Cathy attended Coastal Carolina University and Brigham Young University-Hawaii studying Social Work and Human Development. She has been a Memorial Counselor for 15 years.

Cathy has served her church and community for many years. Her most important achievements throughout her adult life have been serving and loving God and family. Motherhood has been her greatest calling and has worked to make her family a priority. She has learned that "Success outside the Home can never compensate for failure in the home."

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2010 HAWAII YOUNG MOTHER OF THE YEAR
Julianne Hallstrom

Julianne (Juli) Hallstrom was born in Colorado and moved to Hawaii when she was 8 years old. She currently resides in Manoa on the island of Oahu. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese from BYU, with a minor in Art History. Juli served as a missionary for 18 months in Sapporo, Japan before marrying her high school sweetheart, Jeff Hallstrom, in 1999. They are now blessed with 4 children-- 2 boys and 2 girls--ages 1 through 9. Juli gets a great deal of joy (and some pretty funny stories) out of being a stay-at-home-mom, but also loves her book club, gardening with her kids, serving in the children’s organization at church, getting together with other moms, digital scrapbooking, dating her hubby, and, recently, artisan bread-making.

 

 
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