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Aloha Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii Ohana,

March was a BIG month! On Kauai, the "Super" Bowl for Kids' Sake raised a record $30,000 thanks to many generous donors and sponsors. On Maui and Oahu, Whole Foods hosted three "Community Support Days" and donated 5% of all sales to our organization. Nerium International and #LiveHappy helped us celebrate the International Day of Happiness and Nordstrom Hawaii chose us as one of the beneficiaries of their Ala Moana gala opening! See below for a list of great events coming up, and if you are looking for something to do on Oahu tonight, come join us at Chuck E. Cheese from 4-9pm where 15% of all sales will be donated to help us create more life-changing friendships for Bigs and Littles. 

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Dennis Brown
President / CEO

Island Updates

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii Island 
Selfie alert! Here is our newest match Little Sister Naiya and Big Sister Hannah hanging out in downtown Hilo for their first outing. They had a great day watching a parade in Hilo and walking around the Hilo Farmers Market.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu
Big Brother/Firefighter Chris Shim invited Oahu matches to tour the fire station and everyone had a blast! Bigs and Littles watched demos using the Jaws of Life, learned how to extinguish a fire, and even got to shoot the hose! Mahalo to all our firefighter role models out there who help keep us safe. Pictured here are Little Brother Pookela and Big Brother/Board Member Jeremy Forest.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kauai
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kauai held their 7th Annual “Super” Bowl For Kids Sake on March 5th and it was a HUGE success! We not only met the fundraising goal of $25,000 but exceeded it by raising $30,000! The lanes were sold out and nearly 250 participated. Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. was there to help kick-off the festivities with the Kauai Regional Board and Kauai Community Federal Credit Union won the 2016 Team Spirit Trophy!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui
Maui Bigs and Littles visited the Ko’ie’ie Fishpond on the first day of Spring Break and learned about the different aspects of the Loko I’a (fishpond) and the Hawaiian culture/traditions. They also learned an oli (chant). Thanks to the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, we also got to explore exhibits about our sacred whales and participate in hands-on activities in the visitor center before heading home. What a fun day!


On Tuesday, March 8, Nordstrom hosted their opening gala and chose Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii to receive half of the proceeds! BIG thanks to Aloha United Way and the entire Nordstrom Hawaii ohana!
BIG MAHALOS to Whole Foods Hawaii for selecting Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii to be the recipient of their Community Support Day in which we received 5% of the whole day’s sales. Kahala, Kailua and Kahalui on Maui all participated in this fundraising event to raise BIG bucks for our program. Mahalos to all who supported this event in some way, like Little Sister Gina and Big Sister Joey!

Our Annual Bowl For Kids Sake Mahalo Party will be held on Wednesday, April 5, in honor of our top individual fundraisers and companies. We extend our greatest appreciation to the many companies, supporters, and participants for their unwavering commitment to Kauai’s keiki. Our Top Sponsors include Mark’s Place, Contemporary Flavors Caters Catering, Grove Farm, IBEW Local 1260, Earthwork’s Pacific, Kaua’i Community Federal Credit Union, Alaska Airlines, Syngenta and many more! Please click the image above to appreciate all of our many supporters!

Live Happy and Nerium International helped spread joy on the International Day of Happiness on March 20 by creating a "happiness wall" at Ala Moana Shopping Center. Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii received $1 for every messaged posted. Mahalo to Nerium and the #livehappy team for their unwavering partnership!
At the beginning of March the Maui RC Modelers invited our Community-Based matches to take turns flying their very nice remote control airplanes using “buddy boxes.”  This allowed the club members to maintain control while giving the matches access to flying time. The ongoing flying demonstrations by the experts were amazing and we are so grateful for the opportunity to participate!
Mahalo to Marcus Mariota for donating an autographed poster of his Sports Illustrated cover to auction during Kauai's Bowl For Kids Sake event. The memorabilia sparked a lot of interest and bids and ended up raising another $450!
California Pizza Kitchen invited Junior Chefs Zanae and Skyler to help introduce new menu items in their Hawaii restaurants on the Sunrise Show on March 8. You can try some of these new dishes on Tuesday, April 26, when CPK will be sponsoring a day to benefit BBBS at four locations Oahu. Simply click the flyer below to download and turn it in when you’re paying your bill so BBBS will receive 20% of your purchase!
Big Island School-Based programs enjoyed part one of a two part Art-to-Go series before starting spring break this month. We are all looking forward to finishing up our group murals in April and displaying our work! Special thanks to visiting artist, Alex Sanchez, of the Honolulu Museum of Art. 
Gerda Tom from Aloha Shoyu and Aloha Bottling presents a $2,000 check to help fund scholarships for high school mentors who will be attending college in the fall!
The John Young Foundation donated tickets to the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra performance featuring violinist Tessa Lark on March 20. Little Sister Crystal and Big Sister Lauren had a blast and were even able to meet Tessa! 

Upcoming Events

HAWAII ISLAND - April 21: Harlem Globetrotters (open to all!) at 7pm on Thursday, April 21at Kealakehe High in Kailua-Kona and 7pm on Friday, April 22 at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo. See below for an exclusive discount.
KAUAI - April 9: Annual S.T.E.P.S Parent Child Fair (open to all!) at the Kukui Grove Center from 9am-1pm. This is a wonderful event for families, providing information and education on transitions for our children, as well as hands-on activities and entertainment. We will be sharing information and presenting PCAH poems & artwork created by the matches in our School-Based program. 
MAUI – April 9: Valley Isle Keiki Fest (open to all!) 11am- 4pm at UH Maui College - The Kiwanis Club of the Valley Isle proudly coordinates this event with the University of Hawaii Maui College, County of Maui- Dept. of Parks and Recreation, 4-H Maui and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui to celebrate keiki in April, “the Month of the Young Child.” It will be a fun-filled day for the entire family with entertainment, food, crafts, informational booths, keiki ID, and a Bike Safety Rodeo. Not to mention all the smiles and laughter at the FREE Keiki Zone!
MAUI  April 30: BBBS Annual Keiki Fishing Contest (open to Bigs and Littles) Registration 8:30am, Fishing at 9:30am behind Kitagawa Towing Baseyard - Let’s go fishing!  Join us for a memorable day of fun, fishing, lunch, and prizes for everyone! 

MAUI – June 4: Bowl Like A Rockstar (open to all!) Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui for the 29th Annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake. This year the theme is “Bowl Like a Rock Star.” Visit for more information or contact Char Thomas at or 442-7894 for participation details.
OAHU - April: Shop For a Cause At Origami Owl (open to all!) Throughout the month of April Origami Owl is donating a portion of all proceed to BBBS. Click HERE to check out their awesome jewelry...the new Mother’s Day collection will be released on April 5!

OAHU - April 9: Waihee Watershed Tunnel Tour (matches only) 9:15am-1pm including lunch. Limited to 15 matches. 

OAHU - April 26: California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser (open to all!) Visit any CPK location on Oahu and BBBS will receive 20% of your purchase! All you have to do is print out the flyer below and turn it in when you’re paying your bill. 

OAHU - May 7: BBBSH Community Work Day in the Ho’okua’aina Lo’i (open to matches and families) in Maunawili (Kailua), 8:15am-1pm, including lunch. Limited to 40 volunteers. Contact Nate Fong at / 695-4565 to RSVP.

OAHU - May 12: Perfect Pairings (open to all!) Join us for an upscale and intimate evening of fine wine and food in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii. The event will include custom menu creations from Chef Alfred of Oahu County Club with wine pairings carefully chosen and narrated by Master Sommelier Patrick Okubo. Held in a different location each year (this year we’ll be at the beautiful Oahu Country Club), Perfect Pairings is becoming a vino-culinary must-do. Between sips, enjoy a silent auction featuring unique packages, items and experiences you won’t find anywhere else. Click HERE to purchase tickets before they run out!

OAHU - May 21: Visitor Industry Charity Walk (open to all!) at Ala Moana Beach Park - McCoy Pavilion, complimentary continental breakfast at 6am, walk begins at 7am. BBBS is a recipient of this Charity Walk and will be recruiting anyone and everyone who wants to walk. The more participation we get, the more money we will raise.  Feel free to invite family, friends, co-workers, teammates and anyone and everyone you know to walk for BBBS. Contact Nate Fong at / 695-4565 for a registration form. 

OAHU - July 9:  Locations Foundation Movie Day (matches and families) - Each year the Locations Foundation generously sponsors a summer movie day for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boys & Girls Club. Join us to watch “The Secret Life of Pets”  - more details to come.
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