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Dear Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii 'ohana,

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday - a day following "Black Friday", "Small Business Saturday", and "Cyber Monday" - where people come together from across the world to give back to nonprofits. Please help us make this holiday season special for the keiki in our programs by making a donation at and spreading the word about your participation in this global day of giving...don't forget to use the hashtag #givingtuesday and encourage others to join the movement! 

Dennis Brown
President / CEO

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii Island 
Bigs and Littles on Hawaii Island gave thanks by making Thanksgiving trees to celebrate the holiday season. Each participant wrote one thing they were grateful for on their leaf for each week of November and then taped it to the tree, creating a beautiful display of appreciation!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu
Seven matches from the Holomua program had their monthly meet-up - this time at the Spalding Art Museum in Makiki. Matches enjoyed the main exhibit reflecting on messages in visual and written texts and also had fun exploring the sculpture gardens together. 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kauai
Mentors from Waimea High School and their mentees from Kekaha Elementary School participated in a theatre workshop conducted by The Covenant Players Production Team. The workshop incorporated exercises that brought out a playful side of the children while also building self confidence, public speaking skills, and self expression. Here's a picture of Little Brothers Ben and Kolai showcasing their acting skills as Big Sister Erika looks on...
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui
Future Big Sister Kayla held an "Inspiration Hour" at each of our three mentoring sites on Maui last week. She discussed the positive aspects, challenges, and importance of school and how it will be useful in the future, and role models/mentors in people's lives. These sessions will lead up to a fun event called Project Inspire that will take place at the Hale Makana basketball court on December 19.  


Alternate Energy is the title sponsor of Oahu's Bowl for Kids' Sake for the 4th year in a row - we are so excited and grateful! Is everyone ready to get your groove on at the Disco Bowl in 2016?
Mahalo to the sponsors of Maui's 2015 Gingerbread House Celebration:

Lollipop Sponsor: Aloha Sheet Metal
Lemon Drop Sponsors: Aloha International, Maui Brewing Company, Maui Electric, Enterprise Holdings
Gum Drop Sponsors: Central Pacific Bank, Hale Mahaolu, Dorvin D. Leis, Savers
Donations: Bob & Tess Cartright, Edgar Tomas 
Our gratitude goes out to The Hawaii Community Foundation, County of Kaua'i Fund, Annie Sinclair Knudsen Memorial Fund, Richard Smart Fund, and Kent & Polli Smith Family Fund who recently awarded grants to our programs on Kauai and Hawaii Island. Thank you for the opportunity to continue to impact our keiki and communities.Your unwavering support and belief in our mission is appreciated! (pictured here is Big Sister Christina and Little Sister Anuhea from our Hilo Union site)
We are so grateful to those who sponsored Thanksgiving dinner for our matches on Oahu: Edna Halemano and her family, Wayne Hirakawa, Paul Hirakawa, Mrs. Lee 2nd grade class and Mrs. Tupper's 4th grade class at Nu'uanu Elementary, and Lara Sniffen and her children who are in those respective classes.
Haleakala Skyline Eco-Adventures donated passes for our Maui matches to enjoy the zipline - mahalo!
BIG mahalos to Big Sister Caren Kusaka for arranging for matches to meet each other with a day of fishing, crabbing and picnicking on Oahu last month.
Mahalo to Kauai United Way for giving Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kauai the opportunity to participate and assist in their Annual Walk-A-Thon held on October 31. It was an early but fun morning!
Thank you Teri Edmonds from If the Shoe Fits for starting up the shoe drive again this year. Her goal is to collect 13,000 shoes to donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui to keep them out of the landfill!    
Kualoa Ranch hosted a horsemanship clinic match activity last month. Most of our Bigs and Littles had never been around a horse before so it was a very fun day. Mahalo, Kualoa Ranch!
We go bananas for bananas! Hilo Food Basket donates a weekly banana box for our East Hawaii Island matches to enjoy during afterschool mentoring sessions. Our Bigs and Littles are grateful for a healthy snack!
Thank you to Savers for donating costumes and Edgar Tomas for donating goodie bags that included flash lights and candy for all of the attendees of Maui's spooky Halloween event last month!

Upcoming Events


Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii is proud to be partnering with Subaru Hawaii this holiday season for the Subaru Hawaii Share The Love campaign, which donates $250 to a pre-determined list of local nonprofits for every Subaru vehicle sold between November 1 and December 31. We are one of the lucky nonprofits selected for this generous donation.

In addition, an online contest encouraging the public to vote for their favorite participating nonprofit will be held on where we can win an additional $5,000 if we get the most votes!

All you have to do is go online to between November 1 and December 31, 2015 and vote for us. You can vote once a day, so please make sure to bookmark the page and vote every day!

It just takes a few seconds of your time — your kokua can help us win and continue to strengthen our programs that ultimately make a positive impact on so many local island communities.

Remember, visit every day and vote for Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii.

Mahalo nui for sharing the love!
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