From left: Kimo Haynes, Hawaii Petroleum, Inc. President; Gordon Takaki, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii Island Regional Board President; Gail Takaki, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii Island Director; Curt Beck, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii Island Regional Board Member; and Joy Madriaga, Hawaii Fuel Network & Commercial Marketing Rep present check from “Fuel Up. Do Good.” Community Grant

  HILO, HI (April 1, 2014) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii Island is pleased to recognize Ohana Fuels for awarding the agency with a check in the amount of $5,840.69 from their “Fuel Up. Do Good.” community giving program. During their fourth quarter of 2013, a portion of Ohana Fuels’ TOP TIER™, fuel-efficient gasoline sales from their Puainako and Leilani locations in Hilo, their Keaau location in Orchiland and their Laupahoehoe location fuel stations,  were used to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii Island’s mentoring programs for at-risk children on Hawaii Island. “The mission of our Giving Program is to help meet the needs of the communities we serve by supporting nonprofit organizations that improve overall quality of life. Ohana Fuels proudly sponsors programs that enhance the vitality of our neighborhoods, celebrate our community’s success, and support local charities”, said Kimo Haynes, President of Hawaii Petroleum Inc. Thanks to Ohana Fuels’ invitation and contribution of car wash supplies, the Regional Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii Island also raised $1,712 in additional funds from three successful car washes at their Puainako location. Combined efforts from the car washes and Ohana Fuels generous check totaled $7,553.69 to support mentoring programs for at-risk youth. “This generous contribution from Ohana Fuels allows us to expand mentoring programs toward West Hawaii with services initially focused on Waimea,” said Gail Takaki, Hawaii Island Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters. “We are so grateful that more communities can be served!” Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii Island is nearly two years old and has concentrated the development of Community-Based and School-Based mentoring programs in East Hawaii. Proceeds from the “Fuel Up. Do Good.” Campaign are being used to support new Community-Based matches in West Hawaii with a focus in Waimea. Ohana Fuels has four locations on the island of Hawaii and four on Maui. Ohana Fuels gasoline has been certified as TOP TIER™ to meet the premier standard of gasoline for optimum performance and fuel efficiency recognized by six of the world’s top automakers, BMW, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen and Audi. TOP TIER™ additives help clean your engine; optimize fuel economy; eliminate hesitation, stalling, and rough idling; restore optimum performance; and reduce emissions. About Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii: The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people by making meaningful, monitored matches between qualified volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the state. As part of the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii mentoring programs have proven, positive impact for youth in the areas of academics, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes, high school graduation rates, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or career readiness. Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii is a statewide organization that serves over 700 children as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii Island, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kauai, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui. Help us make a big difference by visiting Media Contact: Ashley Nunes Development and Marketing Coordinator Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii  / 808-695-4566

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