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

To kick off the new year, we spent January celebrating our Bigs across the islands for National Mentoring Month. We are incredibly grateful to all of our dedicated volunteers for their passion and commitment to being positive role-models to our keiki in need.

In addition, we extend a BIG mahalo to everyone in our 'Ohana as well. Mentorship is universal and can be demonstrated in many different ways through various types of relationships. A mentor can be a parent, sibling, colleague, teacher, coach, or anyone you look to for guidance.

In this last day of National Mentoring Month, we encourage you to take the time to thank the mentors in your life. As a former Little Brother, I pay tribute to my late Big Brother, Henry Sumida. Without him, I would not be the person I am today.

With gratitude and aloha,

Dennis Brown
President / CEO
(and Hawaii's first "Little Brother")
Meet our Match Maker of the Month: John Fink

“What I like about Big Brothers Big Sisters is the fact that it is a preventative program that saves lives...and provides a quality mentorship opportunity for kids in need. I like knowing that my gift-giving is being handled seamlessly month to month, and that it is helping the BB/BS Hawai‘i cause throughout the year, rather than just at one time or via one special event."
John is a former Big Brother, ongoing Emeritus Board Member and has been a Match Maker since the monthly giving program was launched in 2014.
Join John and help change a life by becoming a Match Maker!
Hawai‘i County Mayor, Harry Kim, proclaimed January 31st to be Mentoring Day in Hawai‘i County. The Hawai‘i County Council also recognized that January is National Mentoring Month at their meeting in Kona on January 23rd.
Big Sister Laura and Little Sister Cheyenne celebrated their 3rd match anniversary in January! To mark their special occasion, Regional Director, Vanessa Carlson, presented Laura and Cheyenne with the Big and Little Dipper bracelets designed specifically for Big Brothers Big Sisters by Alex & Ani. Cheyenne has had such a positive experience in the program that she became a Big herself!
Thank you to Sean Stogner and the Kaua‘i Backcountry Adventures team for donating a fun tubing adventure for 40 of our Bigs & Littles! The groups experienced a floating adventure through the fresh mountain waterways while getting to see the breathtaking views of the garden island.
Kaua‘i Community-Based match of over three years, Big Sister Dynah and Little Sister Justyce, whipped up some tasty sweet treats at a chocolate making class during their last match outing.
Congratulations to Kaua‘i School-Based match, Big Sister Juliana and Little Brother Jayson, who will be celebrating their 1-year match anniversary!
Maui Mayor, Alan Arakawa, proclaimed January 2018 as "Mentoring Month" throughout Maui County to call upon everyone to join the mentoring movement and be part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. Pictured are Maui Staff, Board Members, and Big Sister Crystal and Little Sister Kayla.
Mahalo Maui Brewing Co. for donating a portion of their house beer sales of $649 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui!
(L-R) Sydney, Kassidy, and Jesy graduated from Castle High School and our Holomua Mentoring Program last Spring. In January, they got together with Program Coordinator, Margaret Cadiz, and excitingly shared about their first semester experiences as college students. We are so proud and excited to see what they will accomplish in the future!
The Holomua Mentoring Program did a Dreamboard workshop hosted by Aloha Dreamboard. We were fortunate enough to use the Key Project facility and all the Bigs and Littles had a fun time mapping out their goals for the future. This was the perfect way for the Holomua Mentoring Program to start off the new year!
Join us for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kauai's Circus Bowl
For Kids' Sake! Click HERE to participate or make a donation!
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