FALL 2017

Current News at Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui


Congratulations, Kelly Pearson!

For the past 20 years, the youth of Maui have had a very strong advocate working hard to ensure they were given the opportunity to succeed. Kelly Pearson has been serving the youth of Maui since 1997, starting at the Maui Youth Centers. In 2000, Maui Youth Centers became affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to become Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui (BGCM).

From 2000 to 2014, Pearson served as the Director of Operations for BGCM and in 2014 was named Chief Executive Officer.

“Because of Kelly’s dedication for the past 20 years, tens of thousands of Maui youth have been able to participate in live-changing programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui,” said Chris Minford, President of the BGCM Board of Directors.

“Kelly truly lives the Mission Statement of Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui: To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens,” he added.

In an anniversary celebration hosted by BGCM staff last week, Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa issued a proclamation naming August 4, 2017, as “Kelly Pearson Day” in honor of her 20-year commitment to the youth of Maui.

Mahalo for everything you do, Kelly!

Photo: Mayor Alan Arakawa & BGCM CEO, Kelly Pearson

What's Happening at the Club


USA Basketball

Coach John "Sarge" Siers visited the Club in September for a FREE clinic with our youth Members! Sarge's Basketball Basic Training is partnered with USA Basketball to bring skill development to boys and girls across the country. The clinic with our youth focused on teaching kids how to play the game of basketball and provided participants with the basic skills to help them grow! Mahalo, Sarge!

Paradigm Lost

A big mahalo to KAI LENNY and the entire Lenny family for inviting Members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui to attend the world premier of "Paradigm Lost" at Maui Arts & Cultural Center! This film was truly an inspiration to our Club Members and we are so thankful for the continued support of Kai and the Lenny Family at our Clubs! Mahalo!

Program Highlight:
Education & Career Development

At Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui, we focus everyday on helping Club Members achieve academic success by providing homework help, tutoring and high-yield learning activities. In every education & academic activity at the Club, we encourage youth to become self-directed learners.

Power Hour and Project Learn are two of our main education programs that happen every day at all six of our Clubhouses. These programs provide academic enrichment during non-school hours to reinforce the subject matter being taught in school. In Project Learn, our professional staff use all the areas of the Club to create opportunities for high-yield learning activities including reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, helping others, homework and tutoring, and games like chess and Scrabble that help to develop young peoples' cognitive skills.

The Club works to improve the academic performance of our youth Members and encourage them to graduate from high school, pursue a post-secondaray education, and develop a lifelong love of learning.

Caring K9s 

Our youth members are having a GREAT time learning and practicing their reading skills with Caring K9s Therapy Dogs at the Club! We are so thankful for the partnership with have with Caring K9s who bring their certified pets to our Clubs during Project Learn and let our Members read one-on-one with them. Thank you for sharing your sweet Reading Education Assistance Dogs with our Club Members!

Emergency Preparedness

BGCM is partnering with 4-H and UH Manoa as a part of a National Strategy in engaging communities and youth to be better able to respond in cases of community, state and national emergencies. The Hawaii Youth Preparedness Initiative focuses on the unique challenges faced in the state. Teen CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training teaches about the potential disasters that could affect the local area and how to safely and responsibly respond to them.

Sylvan Tutoring at BGCM

Boys & Girls Club of Maui has made a serious commitment to improving academic outcomes for our members through a grant received from the US Department of Education, which is now in its second year. One important aspect is the partnership with Sylvan Learning Centers, which is providing tutoring for 60 members from our Central, Paukukalo and Kahekili Clubhouses in order to improve their reading and math skills. These members, in grades 3, 4 and 5, spend at least 2 hours in tutoring class weekly focusing on either math proficiency or reading fluency, or both.

Our partnership with Sylvan Learning Centers has emerged as a core part of our overall strategy to engage and intervene early in addressing areas where academic support is needed.

These programs have been extremely popular among club members, and their parents have been very supportive in accommodating and including these classes in their already busy schedules.

We see it as our charge to be a strong support to any member who is experiencing difficulty in any academic area. In doing so, we continue to meet our own mission to ensure that all Club members graduate from high school on time, ready for a post-secondary education and a 21st-century career. 



2017 Little Chef Big Chef


Our third annual Little Chef Big Chef gala event was held on Friday, October 13th at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. This fun event featured teams of Club members paired with Maui’s top chefs in a friendly culinary competition!

Each Clubhouse forms a team of 10 Little Chefs who create and serve their own signature pupu for guests to enjoy.

This year’s event featured:

Chef Eric Purugganan of The Mill House & Central Clubhouse
Presenting the Meatball “Bahn-Mi” Chicken Fat Bao

Chef Isaac Bancaco of Andaz Maui & Haiku Clubhouse
Presenting Mochi Waffles, Buttermilk Ice Cream & Kula Strawberries

Chef Grant Oura of OGO Maui & Kahekili Clubhouse
Presenting Da Ali’i Roll

Chef Ivan Pahk of Star Noodle & Lahaina Clubhouse
Presenting Mochiko Chicken Mazeman

Chef Marc McDowell of Hali’imaile General Store & Makawao Clubhouse
Presenting the Prosciutto Seared Scallop with Keawe Smoked Corn Polenta & Morel Mushroom Nage’

Chef James Domingo of Leilani’s on the Beach & Paukukalo Clubhouse
Presenting Maui Raised Beef Loco Moco

Congratulations to Central Clubhouse on being named the 2017 “People’s Choice” winner!

Mahalo to all of our guests, sponsors, and Big Chefs for making Little Chef Big Chef a truly special and remarkable evening!

Photos of the event can be viewed here:

Photo booth photos are available to view and download (FREE!) here:

Lowe's Renovation Across the Nation

We are so grateful to have been selected as the state of Hawaii’s Club for Renovation Across the Nation! Through the generosity of Lowe's Home Improvement, we will be able to replace the roof on Building B at our Central Clubhouse. Check out the "before" photo! 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui (BGCM) received a $50,000 grant from Lowe’s to replace the roof on Building B, the former Central Clubhouse building. It is located on Kanaloa Avenue in Keopuolani Park, Kahului, adjacent to the current BGCM Central Clubhouse facility. The Lowe’s grant is part of “Renovation Across the Nation,” a program now in its second year that provides one Boys & Girls Club in each of the 50 states with a grant and volunteer support from Lowe’s to complete much-needed improvements and renovations. BGCM was selected for the State of Hawaii.

The roof project is the first step in the total renovation for the building, which is a separate project expected to be finished in early 2019. Once renovated, the facility will be used for multiple purposes in support of BGCM’s programming and as a one-stop resource center, a collaboration of many of Maui’s youth-serving agencies and groups to provide a support system for families of Maui County.

BGCM is working with the management and staff at the Lowe’s store on Ho’okele Street in Kahului for the roofing project.

“We are very excited that Lowe’s has selected Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui to receive this grant,” said CEO Kelly Pearson. “Over the years, Lowe’s has been a great partner to us and to our kids, who directly benefit from their generosity and support.”

With the support of Lowe's, our kids and families will be able to have an even greater future. Check back in for updates over the next few months!


We are so thankful for our community and want to say THANK YOU to everybody who supports Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui!
Mahalo for truly making a difference in the lives of Maui's kids!

We are pleased to announce that Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui was recently awarded the following grants:

Kaiser Permanente:
$40,000 for health and fitness programming at all 6 Clubhouses

Hawaii Pizza Hut Literacy Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation:
$11,394 to run the READ! (Reading for Excellence and Discovery) program for our Central, Paukukalo and Kahekili Clubhouses

Frost Family Fund:
$10,000 for General Support

The Garmar Foundation:
$10,000 for General Support

 The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation:
$50,000 for the Leadership Development for At-Risk Teens: Leaders in Training program

Mahalo to our many supporters in the Maui community this season:

Marriott International
Kurt Suzuki Family Foundation
Lowe's Home Improvement
Peter and Deborah Moore Foundation
David and Dane Ward
O.L. Moore Foundation