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

It was an honor to attend the Big Brothers Big Sisters National Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina last week. I had the privilege to attend many workshops alongside many of my colleagues from all over the mainland. There is nothing like sharing ideas and experiences with other agencies to truly focus on the need of the keiki in Hawai‘i and why we do what we do everyday. 

Our Board Members, staff, donors, volunteers, parents and guardians truly put in the hard work and dedication here at Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawai‘i to make a difference in our community. Across the State, we are building our footprint in our respective communities to ignite the power and promise of our youth. We successfully held two Back to the 80s Bowl for Kids' Sake events in the month of June and we look forward to the rest of the year to make changes and move forward to empower the potential in Hawaii's keiki. 

Mahalo to everyone who supports our organization and what we do! 

Much Mahalo,

Dennis Brown
President / CEO
(and Hawaii's first "Little Brother")
August 30
Kaua‘i Perfect Pairings
September 7 & 14
O‘ahu Back to the 80s Bowl for Kids' Sake

School-Based Big Sister of the Year Julia won the grand prize of the night, 2 round-trip tickets on Alaska Airlines.
In total, the 2nd Annual Back to the 80s Bowl For Kids' Sake has raised $5848 and still taking donations until the end of June! 
Vanessa Carlson returns to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaiʻi Island as the East Hawaiʻi Island Regional Director. Vanessa is looking forward to working with youth in the East Hawaiʻi School-Based programs this coming school year and helping raise BBBSHI’s presence, volunteer base, and support for Hawaiʻi Island. Along with her enthusiasm, Vanessa brings 17 years of experience working with youth in case management and leadership roles, as well as her passion for human services support for the people of HawaiʻI Island.  “Mentoring helps to provide our youth with a role model that impacts a child’s life in a meaningful way. I am excited to be a part of the positive, lifelong difference we can make in the lives of our keiki.
BBBS was honored to march in the 1st ever PRIDE parade on Kauai island! Mahalo to the Community and School Based participants who came and supported!
We support YOU!
Don't forget to get your tickets to the event of year, the 1st Annual Perfect Pairings! 

August 30, 2019
6:00 - 9:00 PM 

at the Kaua‘i Marriott

Contact Nicole Cowan at or 808.631.8642
We had a totally gnarly time at our 32nd annual Bowl for Kids' Sake!  Our event kicked off with an opening bowl by Mayor Mike Victorino and the fun continued with team spirit competitions and lucky ticket prize drawings.  A BIG thank you to our Silver Spare sponsors: Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, Bayer, KPOA, and HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union, our Bronze Pin sponsors: Mason Services of Maui, Aloha International Employment, and Central Pacific Bank, and donors: Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Electical Connection Maui, Hale Mahaolu, Arisumi Brothers Inc., VIP Foodservice, Hawaiian Style Rentals, Big Sister Pat Podach, Ace Beats, and Patrick Kim Photography.  A special mahalo to the Maui Bowling Center for hosting us and the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa for cooking our lunch.
We kicked off the summer at the Mentor Center with our Summer Food Service Program!  We are serving 20 hot lunches Monday thru Wednesday to any child under the age of 18.  Mahalo Maui Food Bank for choosing us to participate in the program again this year and to Simply Healthy Cafe for preparing the lunches!
May marked the last day of our Mentor Center program and we are so grateful to the Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation for supporting our keiki! Wishing everyone a safe and happy summer.
BIG Mahalos to the Locations Foundation for sponsoring our annual movie day for 150 matches/families/friends in attendance to watch Toy Story 4.  In addition, each movie-goer was treated to a snak-pak.  The Foundation also awarded the winners of our movie day essay contest with a couple tickets each to the water park and a round of mini-golf.   With Toy Story being about friends, our essay theme this year was “Who is one of your best friends and what qualities do you value in a friendship?” 

Pictured: Megumi Nekotani and Judy Kumano of Locations Foundation with Little Sister Jessie, Little Sister Mia, and Little Brother DJ who were winners of the essay contest. 
Join us for Bigs Community Thursdays, a series of workshops to help build an unbreakable foundation as a Big in our community. We will have a quick presentation followed by networking opportunities. 

Thursday, July 18, 2019
5:30-7:00 PM
Nocturna Lounge 

RSVP to your case manager or email
Join us at Three Peaks 2nd Anniversary
and official launch of Olomana Brewing Co. 
on July 6, 2019
from 4-10 PM 

A portion of the proceeds will support Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawai‘i

Click HERE
to purchase tickets.
We are takin' it BACK TO THE 80s! 

September 7 & 14, 2019

At Aiea Bowl

Contact Tracie at or 808.695.4558 for sponsorship
and event information!! 

I want to join the FUN!
Hawai‘i Island
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