In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Bow Ties & Bling birthday fundraiser supports Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii

A birthday party for a good cause!

On January 25th, 2020, the Rizen Hawaii Organization will be hosting the return of its birthday benefit fundraiser, “Bow Ties & Bling,” held at 6 p.m. at the HAUS Supper Club located at Ala Moana Shopping Center. “Bow Ties & Bling” will celebrate the joint birthdays of Ryan Kalei Tsuji and James Chan, who created the event as a way to give back to an organization that plays a large role in supporting the youth in our community. In its 5th year of hosting “Bow Ties & Bling,” Rizen Hawaii has decided to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii and will donate 100 percent of the event proceeds to the Hawaii chapter.

Rizen Hawaii is a not-for-profit entity created as a way to give back to various local charities that support the upbringing, care, and development of children in Hawaii. Starting off as a grassroots fundraising event in 2013, “Bow Ties & Bling” grew into a highly anticipated event attended by many young professionals and influential figures in the local community. The event was held annually from 2013 through 2016 and raised close to $70,000 for various local non-profits. After taking a few years off, the Rizen Hawaii Organization is excited to bring back “Bow Ties & Bling”  in 2020, but more importantly honored to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii.

The evening will feature live music, food, prizes, faux casino games and a lip sync battle between members of Hawaii’s working television media. Prizes for the drawing and auctions have been donated from various local businesses and will be auctioned off and given away in drawing giveaways.


Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii supports children ages 6-16 years old who have faced adversity in their young lives and experienced the loss of a valuable connection. The youth-centered program helps children to create goals that mentors can help them achieve. Each child and mentor is connected with a staff member who provides ongoing coaching for the youth, training for the volunteer and resources for the family. The organization partners with the parent/guardian, child and mentor to ensure that the social and emotional needs of youth are being met and that every child has an opportunity to reach their full potential.

Each mentoring match between a “Big” and “Little” costs Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii just over $4,500 and the local Hawaii office is responsible for raising 100 percent of its own funds each year with no financial contribution from corporate Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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