Welcome to the second issue of the BIG & Little Scoops!
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Aloha Bigs, Littles, Families, and Friends!
In February we celebrated a special holiday - President's Day. Now, we all know about George Washington, but do you know about Lawrence Washington? Lawrence was George's half-brother, fourteen years older. He mentored George and introduced him to the Fairfax family, who later helped George launch his career to eventually become the President of the United States. Without a mentor like Lawrence, George may have never become President!

Often, our Bigs do not receive enough recognition for the profound impact they are having on their Little. In fact, many Bigs may not even know they are making a difference; Lawrence never lived to see George become President. This month, let's take a moment to celebrate all of our Bigs (famous or not) who are shaping our future!

With much aloha,
Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii

PS. Missed the first edition of our newsletter? Click here to see January's Big & Little Scoops!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii Island 
New Case Manager Sophia Romanic is off to a terrific start in Hilo. In addition to facilitating fun activities for Bigs and Littles, Sophia is also currently completing a Masters in TESOL. "In high school I had the joy of serving as a mentor in our tutoring program and have since been an admirer of Big Brothers Big Sisters. I look forward to our challenges and triumphs ahead!" With previous work experience teaching English to students in Budgapest, Hungary, we'd say she's ready!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu
All of our Littles acknowledge their love for their Bigs in different ways, and many Bigs do not know the incredible impression they made until many years later. In January, DJ, one extraordinary Little Brother, decided to celebrate National Mentoring Month and surprise his Big at work by hanging thank-you notes on the stairway, on the door, on the walls and all the way leading to his Big Brother's office at Kualoa Ranch. Needless to say, Big Brother Tim was stoked!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kauai
Little Brother Kolai had a lot of ideas about what the word  ‘equality’ means - he couldn't stop at just one drawing!  Check out his signs for some pretty important messages we could all live by…
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui
Gusty winds made for the perfect "Freaky Friday" movie night at the Maui Mentor Center on Friday, February 13th. Twenty-two kids from the Hale Makana neighborhood joined in the fun to escape the wind and rain. Big thanks to Da Bounce Rentals for providing the popcorn!


In 2014, the Elsie H. Wilcox Foundation and G.N. Wilcox Trust supported Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kauai with grants of $5,000 and $15,000, respectively. With their help, we have been able to serve the most matches on Kauai ever. Here's a high-five from Sierra and Aliyah!
Oahu matches were treated to a special tour of NOAA, arranged by Big Brother David Schofield, Marine Mammal Health and Response Program Manager. Thanks, David!
Seventy-five First Hawaiian Bank employees and retirees pledged to support Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii during 2015 through the company’s annual Kokua Mai giving campaign, totaling over $12,000 in pledges!
Pacific Whale Foundation generously sponsored a whale watch activity for our matches on Maui. Can you see them?!
Big City Diner raised over $1,000 for our mentoring programs by collecting spare change at their five restaurant locations. We are so thankful to have them as our long-time partner!
Subaru Hawaii helped us "share the love" in November and December with a donation of $5,000. Mahalo to everyone who voted for us and to our friends at Servco for including us for a second year in a row!
Hapuna Golf Course hosted the 2nd Annual Big Game Golf Tournament on Sunday, February 1st, and raised $2,500 for our mentoring programs on West Hawaii Island!
Kauai Bowl For Kids' Sake sponsor Kauai Community Federal Credit Union hosted Valentine's Day bake sales at their Lihue and Kapa’a Branches on February 13th and 20th and raised $1,700.  Big mahalos to KCFCU and everyone who is helping fundraise for the Wild West Bowl on March 7th!
Maui Flatbread Company held a delicious fundraiser on January 6th. Mahalo to all of you who came out to enjoy some pizza!
Mentoring program on East Hawaii received a lot of love in 2014. Mahalo to the John M. Ross Foundation for their $5,000 grant to provide training for teen mentors, and to realtors from the Clark Realty Corporation Community Fund for supporting our keiki with a grant of $2,165!

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