Current News at Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui


Left to Right: Leah Young, 2017 Youth of the Year for the Central Clubhouse;
Makana Nae’ole, 2017 Youth of the Year for the Paukukalo Clubhouse;
Amanda Caires, 2017 Youth of the Year for the Makawao Clubhouse and 2017
Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui Youth of the Year;
Kelly Pearson, CEO;
Talia Jenkins, 2017 Youth of the Year for the Lahaina Clubhouse;
Toby Plunkett, 2017 Youth of the Year for the Haiku Clubhouse.

From CEO, Kelly Pearson


Early this month, I had the opportunity to spend some time with our Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui 2017 Youth of the Year.  As you can see by the photo, they are a great group of kids who reminded me of the many reasons I love being a part of this wonderful organization and why I wake up every day, go to the office and give it “all I got” to make sure we can continue our mission to inspire and enable all young people, especially those that need us most, to realize their full potential to become productive, responsible, and caring citizens.

In this edition of our BGCM newsletter I’d like to briefly talk about something that is so important, but yet not discussed as often as it should be, our Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui VALUES!  It is my hope that everyone who is a part of our BGCM family lives by these.  It is my hope that we, our professional staff and role models, our youth members and their families, our Board of Directors and our supporters all believe in and live by these 7 VALUES.

We can easily remember our VALUES by remembering the energy and E.F.F.O.R.T.S. we put into ensuring that every young person who walks through our doors has a plan for a successful future. 

E is for EXCELLENCE-we strive to be the best in positive youth development and in all that we do;

F stands for FUN-the most important component of our 6 clubhouses is Fun! At our clubs, we have what’s called “informal guidance”, which actually means that kids have fun while they are learning and most times, they don’t even notice that they are learning.  It is important that every person who is a part of our organization (youth members, families, Board of Directors, Supporters, Staff) has fun;

The second F stands for FLEXIBILITY-No matter how well you plan something out and no matter how much we strive to stick to our plan, things happen and situations occur that require us to adapt and be flexible.  It is this flexibility that allows us to be successful in all that we do;

O is for OHANA-If you care about our young people and want to help them have productive lives and you believe in and support the EFFORTS of our organization, you are a part of our family.  I have said it a thousand times and will say it a thousand more times, “It takes a village to raise a child” and since we have thousands of children and teens who need us, we need to continue to grow our village.  Thank you for being a part of our OHANA;

R is for RESPECT-Did I say earlier that FUN was the most important?  Well, let’s just say that RESPECT is definitely up there with FUN as one of our core values.  Youth members and staff are expected to have respect for each other, for our BGCM property, for our parents and family members, for others in the community and most important, for themselves;

T stands for TEAMWORK-As the CEO, I can speak first-hand with lots of experience to back me up, TEAMWORK with top quality, professional and committed team members, is the reason, we ROCK at what we do.  At BGCM, everyone is a part of our team, whether you belong on the leadership team, sit on the Board of Directors, gift us with a generous donation, volunteer an hour or twenty hours or is a youth member who comes to the club to be safe, your role on this team is critical and significant;

And the S stands for SAFETY-Okay, did I say that FUN and RESPECT were on the top of our VALUES list?  Well, let me add one more.  While all of our VALUES are important, SAFETY is really our organization’s top priority.  Knowing that we have all of our processes, mechanisms and tools in place to keep our kids safe, brings comfort to all of our ohana.  We work hard to make sure that all our youth members are physically, emotionally and mentally safe from all harm.

If you are reading this newsletter, it is my hope that you know just how much you mean to all of us at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui.  Thank you for your support, big hugs for being a part of our village and most of all, Mahalo for making a difference!

Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui Board of Directors
Executive Committee

We are excited to announce the Executive Committee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui’s Board of Directors!
Congratulations to:

Chris Minford, President

Joe Balangitao Jr., Vice President

Jim Hendricks, Secretary

Karey Kapoi, President Elect

Leslie-Ann Yokouchi, Past President

What's happening at the Club?


On Wednesday, March 22nd, the BGCM BeGREAT Bowl took place at the Lahaina Clubhouse! Teams from all the clubhouses on the island competed for the flag football championship. Congratulations to the Makawao Clubhouse for your victory!

Thank you to Chief Jeff Murray, Maui Fire Department, and Chief Tivoli Faaumu, Maui Police Department, for coming out to support the kids and promote Battle of the Badges!


When school is out, Clubs are in! Members at the Club had a GREAT time on Spring Break this year. Activities included sports, arts programs, the BeGREAT Bowl football tournament, slip-and-slides, and a Pie a Staff in the face event to raise money for Passport to Manhood at the Central Clubhouse!

National BGC Week

March 27th - 31st was National Boys & Girls Club Week! All across America, Clubs celebrated with FUN activities and saying THANK YOU  to all those who support our programs and Clubs. 

This year's National BGC Week featured the theme "Open the Door, Take the Tour." Thank you for opening the door to friendship, food, safety, fun, healthy activities, and so much more for our members!


Meet Ryan, our new Health & Fitness Director!

Aloha, my name is Ryan Smith.  I am the Health and Fitness Director for Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui.  Health and Fitness is my passion.  I graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a Recreation Therapy Degree.  When it comes to sports, I love them all.  I play them, I watch them, I research them, and I compete in bunch of them, so sports is a very large part of who I am.  Health and Fitness is not just about sports; it is nutrition and diet, self-awareness and motivation, and above all it is about living a healthy lifestyle. 

I enjoy and thrive on finding out what is best for our bodies, food, drinks, vitamins, exercises, stretches, and really anything that we are involved in on a day to day basis, because it all affects our overall well-being.  I love to eat, so I try my best to find the most delicious foods and learn how to cook them and make them as healthy as possible!  I consider myself to be a very positive person and I like to live life to the fullest.  I believe that if you try your best, to be the best you can be, you are living life to the fullest.

My goal as Health and Fitness Director at Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui is to provide, educate, and set up programs that will keep our youth happy and engaged in healthy lifestyles.  I plan on organizing sports events, bringing in guest speakers, conducting clinics of new exercises and sports the youth may have never had a chance to try and introducing many new nutrition-focused culinary classes and experiences.  I have been with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui for 5 years and I am dedicated to our mission to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential to become productive, responsible, and caring citizens.  Great futures start here, with each generation we teach!


Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui 2017 Battle of the Badges Event

Join us Friday, May 12th, 2017, 6:00pm – War Memorial Stadium, Wailuku HI

Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui will be hosting our Second Annual Battle of the Badges event where the Maui Fire Department and Maui Police Department will battle in a fun and exciting flag football game under the lights at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku!

Cheer on the Maui Fire Department by purchasing and wearing your RED Battle of the Badges t-shirt or the Maui Police Department with the NAVY BLUE t-shirt! Everybody wearing the Battle of the Battle t-shirt will receive FREE ENTRY to the game! T-shirts are available for purchase at all Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui Clubhouses.

Tickets are also available for purchase at $5 per adult and $3 per child (12 & under). Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information or to be a SPONSOR contact Amy Cozad at (808) 242-4363 x322 or amyc@bgcmaui.org.


Dunes at Maui Lani Hosts Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui Golf Clinic

The Dunes at Maui Lani hosted 15 young members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui (BGCM) on Wednesday, January 25, at a Pro Golf Clinic held at the course. Led by PGA Master Professional Bill Greenleaf and the club’s Director of Golf, Garrett Okamura, the youth, ages 9 to 12, were given a 90-minute clinic that included an introduction to golf techniques and hands-on coaching in hitting the ball. The pros were assisted by volunteers Robert Greenleaf and Jordan Terada.

“Our goal for this clinic was for the kids to walk away feeling good about themselves, and being motivated and encouraged about their health and fitness,” said Bill Greenleaf. “It’s all about giving kids more self-confidence.”

BGCM’s Director of Health and Fitness, Ryan Smith, said the kids were excited about the clinic and learned a lot from the pros.

“Golf is a great sport for kids to participate in, plus it’s fun,” Smith said. “We really appreciate the Dunes at Maui Lani for providing this opportunity for our club members.”

Refreshments for the clinic were donated by Café O’Lei at the Dunes.

The Dunes at Maui Lani, which is a public golf course, celebrated its 18th anniversary this year. On Saturday, January 28, the club featured a fun event with special rates, contests and an all-day sale as part of their anniversary celebration. Proceeds from the event benefited Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui.

In addition, the Dunes at Maui Lani hosted the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui’s 11th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament on February 18. (See article below!)


Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui 11th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament


On Saturday, February 18th, Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui hosted our 11th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament at The Dunes at Maui Lani Golf Course. 108 golfers participated in the 18-hole tournament and attended the luncheon hosted by Café O’ Lei at The Dunes. All proceeds from the tournament benefited Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui.

Exciting team and door prizes including a 55” Smart TV, high-quality grill, golf & travel packages, and more were awarded to the top-performing teams, 11th place team, longest drive, and closest to the pin winners.

The first place team in this year’s tournament was the Mercedes Benz team – Hank Rapoza, Kenny Han, Quang Huynh, and Blaine Bernades. Congratulations to Blaine Bernades, playing on the Mercedes Benz team, for his Hole in One on Hole #8!

Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui is thankful to our many sponsors who made this event possible.

Mahalo nui loa to all those who came out to support BGCM!


Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui Names Youth of the Year

Amanda Caires, a 16-year-old sophomore at King Kekaulike High School, was selected as the 2017 Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui on Wednesday, March 15, during the Gene and Ruth Freedman Youth of the Year event held at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

Amanda represented the Makawao Clubhouse where she has been a member for six years. She plans to attend college for a degree in communications and graphic web design to pursue a career as an art director.

Five candidates were chosen to represent their Clubhouse for this annual event that recognizes exceptional teen members who embody the values of leadership, service, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles. The other candidates were Talia Jenkins (Lahaina Clubhouse), Makana Nae’ole (Paukukalo Clubhouse), Toby Plunkett (Haiku Clubhouse) and Leah Young (Central Clubhouse). All of the candidates received scholarship funds made possible by the Eugene and Ruth Freedman Family Foundation.

The teens were judged based on their application packets that included three essays, their school grades, and letters of recommendation, as well as interviews with the panel of judges and a speech they presented during the Youth of the Year event.

This year’s judges were Napua Banks, Rick Freedman, Jack Gray, Mandy Moikeha and Carol Reimann.

Mayor Alan Arakawa, a speaker at the event, praised the candidates for their pursuit of education and their contributions to the Maui community.

Gene and Ruth Freedman were great philanthropists and friends to the Boys & Girls Clubs national movement. They both held a special place in their hearts for Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui and the young members. Their ongoing advocacy and generosity are changing and saving the lives of Maui’s youth. Rick Freedman, a judge at this year’s event, is their son and is continuing their legacy of dedication to Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui.


Hawaii State Youth of the Year Event

Hawaii Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs

The Hawaii Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs 2017 State Youth of the Year event was held on Thursday, March 30th at the Hawaii State Capitol Building. The day-long event included a speech and interview element and presentation on the House and Senate Floors, culminating with a luncheon at The Plaza Club to announce the winner. This event celebrated Boys and Girls Clubs youth who inspire others with their leadership, resilience and service to others.  

Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui wishes to congratulate Bryden Ka’auwai from Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawai’i, Lihu’e Clubhouse and Xavier Garrido from USAG-HI, CYS, Schofield Barracks Youth Center on being selected as the 2017 State Youth of the Year winners!

Part of the national Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s initiative, the Hawaii Alliance Youth of the Year competition is a premier recognition program for exemplary Club members, promoting service to their Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; accomplishments and goals; and poise and public speaking ability.

The candidates from across Hawaii qualify for the State event by winning their local club competition.  Both a Traditional Club and a Military Club Youth of the Year will be crowned. The youth represent the following organizations: Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui, which hosted this year’s event; Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island; Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawaii; and Boys & Girls Club of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

The Youth of the Year Traditional Club and Military Club winners received scholarship money and will compete in the Pacific Region Youth of the Year competition. 


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!

Grand Wailea

To celebrate the reopening of the newly redesigned Humuhumu restaurant at the Grand Wailea, a special event was held in support of Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui in February. More than 200 attendees sampled the new Hawaii Seasonal Cuisine from Chef Mike Lofaro and his team at Humuhumu, and enjoyed the beautifully renovated space overlooking Wailea Beach.

Grand Wailea Managing Director Tom Donovan presented a check to BGCM CEO Kelly Pearson representing the proceeds from that evening’s event.

“The Grand Wailea has been such a great friend to us over the years,” Kelly said. “From hosting our young members for special events at the resort to their own fundraising efforts, we are so grateful to the Grand and its staff for everything they do for us.”  

In addition to the Grand Wailea’s support, for the past two years Chef Lofaro has generously provided his time to be one of the “Big Chefs” for our annual Little Chef Big Chef gala event, helping teach the next generation of young chefs how to create delicious and healthy food and working with them to prepare their dishes at the gala.

30 Acts of Aloha

Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui was one of 10 recipients of the generosity of Na Hoaloha Ekolu through their 30 Acts of Kindness, a volunteer and fundraising effort marking the 30th anniversary of the organization. The Hoaloha businesses include the Old Lahaina Lu’au, Aloha Mixed Plate, Star Noodle, Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop, Hoaloha Culinary Center and Hoaloha Farms.

Na Hoaloha Ekolu employees spent the year doing volunteer work not only in Hawaii but in parts of the Mainland as well as in other countries. The employees decided which organizations would receive the donations that were raised.

“This is our way of giving back to our Community,” said Na Hoaloha Ekolu founder Michael Moore. “With 30 solidly identifiable acts to represent our values and guiding principles, we do this to honor our commitment to community, the perpetuation of culture and the protection of our 'aina.”

A celebration was held in February to distribute the funds raised for the local agencies. During the event, a video was shown highlighting the volunteer work done by Na Hoaloha Ekolu’s employees throughout the year.

“We are so grateful to Na Hoaloha Ekolu and their employees for selecting Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui for this great honor,” said CEO Kelly Pearson. “Seeing the video of all the hard work done by their wonderful employees over the past year was truly inspirational.”