Ka­neohe ‘Big’ Wins Top Brother Of Year

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Front Page - By JAIMIE KIM

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, rbreit@mid­week.com.

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