The Hawaii Chapter is dedicated to promoting the quality and effectiveness of social work practice in a state rich with diversity. We are the link to ideas, information, resources and the brightest and best social workers in the state. (Please see below for more information)


NEW NASW Executive Director

Professional Liability

Continuing Education

NASW Annual Conference


NASW Hawaii Chapter is proud to announce its new Executive Director Sonja Bigalke-Bannan, MSW, LSW who joined us on September 11, 2014.  Sonja comes to NASW with a diverse background in non-profit management, case management and conservation.

Sonja holds an MSW from the Myron B. Thompson, School of Social Work at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, a certificate in Non-profit Management from the University of Hawai’i Public Administration program, and a BA in International Studies from Earlham College.  She is originally from Wisconsin and has lived in Hawai’i home for the past 8 years.

Sonja has a passion for social justice and advocacy and is committed to being a strong voice for the Hawaii Chapter statewide and nationally.  Sonja intends to foster an ongoing dialogue with members and hopes to further deepen and strengthen the connections in the Social Work community and create more options for Continuing Education, Licensure preparation, and create an environment to promote self care for Social Workers. 



NASW Endorsed Liability

Please take a moment to review this important information regarding  the NASW Endorsed Liability and other important benefits (click here). 

Continuing Education Approval Program

Effective August 1, 2014, NASW Hawaii Chapter is implementing a new procedure for the approval of CE.  For trainers interested in obtaining CEU for trainings or workshops, please complete the new CEApplication.  Please note that the fee schedule for CE approval has changed as well.  There will be a $25.00 processing fee for all applications.  In addition, there is a charge of $25.00 per CEU for approved application.  Please review our CE Program Policies and Procedures for more information.  

Governor Signs of ACT 183

HB 178 HD1 SB1 Relating to Continuing Education for Social Workers was signed into law (ACT 183) by Governor Neil Abercrombie on June 25, 2013.  (click here)

Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs (DCCA) CEU Notice (click here)

NASW Calendar of Events (including CEU's opportunities)

The NASW Hawaii Chapter Annual Conference, The Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA): Social Services and Social Workers was held on Monday, October 6, 2014 at Manoa Grand Ballrooms. The conference was a resounding success and NASW Hawai'i would like to thank all the speakers and attendees for their enthusiastic participation.

October Newsletter

The NASW Hawai'i Newsletter will now be available without having to login as a member.  Please click on the Resources & Newsletters on the side bar to read this quarter's issue!



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