Kaneohe ‘Big’ Wins Top Brother Of Year
A stork can’t deliver a big brother or sister to a child. But sometimes, all it takes is a perfect pairing with the help of Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii.
As the recipient of the 2013 Big Brother of the Year Award, Kaneohe resident Craig Tanaka, with his “little brother” Raymond, can certainly attest to that.
“Being a friend to these kids and listening to what they have to say, developing empathy to their feelings and letting them know that you care about them is a rewarding experience,” Tanaka said.
His involvement with BBBSH spans about 30 years. Tanaka rejoined the program after taking a break to raise his own son and was paired with Raymond in 2010. Raymond’s mother, a single parent, had sought the help of the program after he expressed a need for a male in his life to learn from.
Since then, Raymond and Tanaka have become integral parts of each others’ lives, Tanaka even wanted to share the award with Raymond. “I told them that there should be an award for my ‘little
Students from Japan International Karate Center, the state’s largest karate school, demonstrate what they have learned during a recent appearance at Windward Mall center court. Photo by Rachel Breit, firstname.lastname@example.org.