Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu has been serving the children of Hawaii since 1963 when Hawaii Judge Gerald R. Corbett summoned a group of civic-minded gentlemen to his chambers at Juvenile court to address a common concern over the rise in cases of "fatherless boys" involved in juvenile delinquency, truancy, and public disturbances. Their solution: establish an organization on Oahu where qualified and dedicated role models could extend themselves to youth in need of guidance and support through one-to-one friendships. Judge Corbett believed that individualized guidance from role models would inspire troubled youth to consciously engage in positive over negative behavior.
On October 27, 1964, the first Big Brother-Little Brother match was made between Henry Sumida, an energetic male volunteer, and 10 year-old Dennis Brown. Henry would continue serving the community as a Big Brother for over twenty years before serving on the Board of Directors. Dennis pursued a career in social services and in 1998 began to serve in his current position as President/CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu. View our 2011 Annual Report to learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu.
Mentoring on Oahu
We are proud to be serving the children and families of Oahu
Our Mentoring Works
Research shows the positive effect that our one-to-one mentoring programs have on a child’s life. Read on >
Real Life Story
See how we forge strong, long-lasting relationships.
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Clothes For Kids' Sake
Call 524-6111 to donate clothing and household items to support our programs. Read on >