Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Hawai‘i - March Newsletter
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Aloha Friend of Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawai'i,

Things have been very eventful here at Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawai‘i!

Here's what we have coming up on each island:
April 20th - BBBS of Kauai's 10th Anniversary Celebration
April 29th - O‘ahu Portrait Sessions with Monica Lau Photography
June 16th - Maui's 31st Annual "Go for the Gold" Bowl For Kids' Sake
August 25th - Hawai‘i Island's Dessert Before Dinner

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaiʻi is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Everything we do is for the keiki and families of Hawai‘i. With your participation and support, together, we can make a difference.

We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!

With gratitude and aloha,

Dennis Brown
President / CEO
(and Hawaii's first "Little Brother")
Meet our Match Maker of the Month: Jonathan Lai
"As a Board Member and Chair, I’ve had the opportunity to observe the programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawai‘i and attend the national conference of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. The excitement of all its members and how the Staff truly cares and takes their job seriously is inspiring. It’s really incredible to bear witness and know that there are countless people across the nation that care about such an important cause."
Jonathan is a Board Chair and has been a Match Maker since August 2014. Join Jonathan and help change a life by becoming a Match Maker!
A new School-Based site began on Hawai‘i Island! Pictured here are some of our Bigs from Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy and our Waimea Elementary Littles. They are all very excited about their new matches. We can't wait to see how they blossom and grow this spring!
BIG Mahalo to Harmony On Tap (HOT) for selecting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawai‘i Island as their spring concert charity of choice. Performances on March 2nd and 3rd brought in more than 250 audience members and helped raise $2,352 for our keiki! Thank you also to Lance Niimi, Executive Assistant to Mayor Harry Kim, for representing and attending for the mayor. All staff, board members, and guests who attended, greatly enjoyed the show!
The early bird gets the worm! Now through June 30th, tickets to our sweetest event are only $50. Click HERE to register online.
Welcoming our newest School-Based match, Big Brother Zylan and Little Brother Kai, to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kaua‘i 'ohana. We look forward to being a part of your journey!
Mahalo to all of the sponsors, donors, partners and participants of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kauai’s 9th Annual “Circus” Bowl For Kids' Sake! We raised $29,197, exceeding our goal of $28,000 for Kauai’s mentoring programs. Congratulations to Enterprise Rent-A-Car who received the “Team Spirit” award!
Contemporary Flavors Catering’s 20th Anniversary Celebration benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kauai’s 10th Anniversary! There will be delicacies from famous island chefs: Alan Wong, Vikram Garg and Kevin Nakata. Spots are limited, click HERE to purchase your tickets now. We hope to see you there!
It was four days of fun during Spring Break in our Mentor Center Program! The youth helped out with spring cleaning and garden prep work around the center. They also watched a movie, played basketball and volleyball, and painted. But the highlight of the week was going swimming at the Sakamoto Pool. Mahalo to the Maui County Aquatics Team for having us. It was a blast!
It’s been a privilege supporting health and wellness for our community’s youth this month. Thank you to the University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC) for having us at the Nani Ke Ola Wellness Fair and to Baldwin High School for inviting us to be a part of your Career & Health Fair.    
Little Sister Luna helped us record a radio ad for our upcoming “Go for the Gold" Bowl for Kids’ Sake event. Mahalo to Pacific Media Group and Shane Kahalehau (HHB) for all of your help. The ad will begin airing April 2nd!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! School-Based Mentoring Program matches made ice cream using Ziploc bags, vanilla, half-half, sugar, ice, and kosher salt. Big and Littles either shook the bags on their own, passed it to one another, or made up their own moves (e.g. "The Jackhammer"). Mahalo to Hawaiian Agents for donating the yummy ice cream cones!
A BIG shout-out to Lance Tanaka and Kendra McBride-Nelson for leading a special, exclusive, extended Kuhio Day holiday tour of their PAR Hawaii refinery. There was a lot of interesting information shared about how oil is harvested, stored, transported and processed into fuel for automobiles, tractors, jets and other vehicles.
Mahalo to the Veterans United Foundation and employees of Veterans United Home Loans for choosing to support Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawai‘i with a $1,000 grant! A large number of the individuals we serve are active-duty military and veterans, or children of active-duty military and veterans. So from all of us, thank you!
Join us on April 29th as we capture and celebrate a mother’s love for her children with beautiful Legacy Portraits by Monica Lau Photography. Each 30-minute session costs $100 and comes with a pendant with an image of your choosing and a goodie bag for Mom. 100% of the sitting fees raised along with a Corporate Match by Microsoft will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawai‘i. For additional information and to plan your participation, please call 808-349-5148.
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