Past Events

June 2018 




Left image: Wakanda Forever Fashion Strut with African drummers at Juneteenth on June 16, 2018.
Middle image: Praise and Worship Team at Trinity sang at Juneteenth on June 16, 2018.
Right image: Phi Beta Sigma performed at Juneteenth event on June 16, 2018.

April 2018 




April 19, 2018: Happy 10th Anniversary everyone!





Left image: In partnership with NAACP, we had guest speakers from the American Diabetes Association, HMSA, and Tripler Army Medical Center to talk about eating healthy, exercising, and reducing our risks for diabetes.
Middle & Right images: In honor of the 50th anniversary of the passing of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Governor Ige presented a Commemorative Certificate. BIG members Ed, Ana, Jolene, and Alphonso supported the event with guest speakers at the State Capitol.

February 2018 




Left image: Feb 19, Congratulations Ambience from Mililani Middle School for winning the cash prize as our first place winner of our annual Youth Poetry Contest!
Middle image: Feb 19, Thank you Henian for sharing your Black History Month poem. BIG and Phi Beta Sigma appreciates your participation in our annual Youth Poetry Contest!
Right image: Feb 28, Jolene Lau, Celeste Jackson, and Tom Sims delivered donations of rice to IHS from our generous BIG members. Our community service project for Black History Month.

January 2018 


Left image: Jan 15: Ed Young, Denisa Thompson, Daysha Jones, Jolene Lau, and Tom Simms at the BIG booth during the MLK Unity Rally at Kapiolani Park.
Middle image: Jan 13: Jolene Lau, Ed Young, Celeste Jackson and guests at the BIG table during NAACP’s MLK Gala.
Right image: Jan 13: Jolene Lau and Celeste Jackson supporting the NAACP MLK Gala.

December 2017 


December 10, 2017, Our monthly chapter meeting and annual holiday gathering.

November 2017 


In honor of Veterans Day, BIG Pacific Ocean Chapter represented at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl on November 11, 2017.

October 2017 


October 15, 2017, Team BIG raised $185 for the Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Walk at Kapiolani Park.

September 2017 



Left image: Congrats PS1 Albert Clark for receiving the Ida B. Wells Meritorious Community Service Award.
Middle image: Congrats SSG Terrence Elliott for receiving the Medgar Wiley Evers Outstanding Community Service Award.
Right image: NAACP Executive Board held their annual Military Appreciation Awards at Hickam Officers' Club on September 2, 2017.



Left image: Congrats SFC Ja'Neese Simpson for receiving the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Inspirational Military Leadership Award.
Middle image: Congrats TSgt Abraham Walker for receiving the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Inspirational Military Leadership Award.
Right image: Congrats CPT William Brown of 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry for receiving the Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Military Leadership Award. 

June 2017 


Left image: Halemia (left) and Lance Jones congratulate Chapter President Celeste Jackson (center) on her graduation from Agrosy University on June 11, 2017.
 
Right image: Master's of Science in Organizational Leadership!!!!

May 2017 


On May 5, 2017, Dr. Ernest  Harris was awarded "Outstanding Alumnus" by University of Hawaii's College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. He had over 40 years of service with USDA and prior military service as well. Thank you and Congratulations Dr. Harris!

April 2017 


April 22, 2017.  Jolene, Celeste, Denisa, and Normia supporting the NAACP Prayer Breakfast.

March 2017 


This is Halemia, Ed, and Paula at the Diabetes Awareness event on March 11.

February 2017 




Left image: Thank you to the Moanalua Dance Team & their coach for providing entertainment during the Youth Poetry Contest.  
Middle image: Congratulations to all the Youth Poetry contestants and winners! Another successful event in partnership with Phi Beta Sigma.
Right image: Members of the BIG Pacific Ocean Chapter gathered to conduct our annual Youth Poetry Contest in partnership with Phi Beta Sigma.






February 4, 2017 at African American Film Festival.

January 2017 


Newly Elected Officers for 2017!
 
Ed Young, Treasurer,
Jolene Lau, Vice President
Celeste Jackson, President, and
Normia Carter, Secretary.


January 14, 2017 at Dole Cannery Ballroom. Thank you to all the silent auction supporters and event volunteers. The annual MLK Annual Gala was a true success.

December 2016 


From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!

November 2016 



Supporting NAACP with #YourVoteMatters sign waving across Oahu on November 5.

October 2016 





Celeste Jackson, our Chapter Treasurer attended the Region IX Council Meeting in Las Vegas on October 29, 2016.
 
 





Congratulations to the incoming Regional Officers: Derrick Felton, President; Ronald McCullough, Vice President; Deborah Simpson, Secretary; and Jennifer Grigsby, Assistant Treasurer. Installation to be held at the next Regional meeting in January 2017 in Greater Riverside.




Team BIG at the Komen Walk on October 16, 2016.  

September 2016



Left image: Honolulu Hawaii NAACP's Executive Board supporting the Military Leadership Awards.
Right image: Congratulations to the recipients of NAACP's Military Leadership Awards. September 3 at Hickam Officers Club.




Thank you for supporting our car wash fundraiser on September 24, 2016. Partnering with NAACP.

August 2016



Left image: Honorable President Darlene Young welcomes members at the Delegates Assembly in Atlantic City on August 21.
Right image: Denise Turner Roth, Administrator for General Services Administration gave the keynote address to 1300 attendees of the National Training Institute.



Left image: Honorable President Darlene Young with NOAA Chapter President and Treasurer during the Department of Commerce Agency Forum at NTI.
Middle image: Ladies of Region IX enjoying the annual National Training Institute.
Right image: Congratulations to all the award recipients at the Military Appreciation reception. Big mahalo to all the sponsors.




Left image:Evening out with Region IX at the BIG Gig.
Middle image: Congratulations Justin Blue and winning the national STEM competition. BIG mahalo to Karon for mentoring our Region IX students!
Right image: No Chains, the retired military men from DC gifted the NTI on Gospel night with Armor Up.



Left image: The BIG Choir graced the stage on Gospel night with Gratefulness.
Middle image: Jolene and Tasha having a blast at the pool party. Thanks everyone for another successful NTI!
Right image: Delicious catfish, collards, mac and cheese, with sweet tea from Kelsey's near the Boardwalk.

June 2016



Left image: Honolulu Hawaii NAACP Executive Board at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church celebrating Juneteenth.
Right image: Members of BIG Pacific Ocean Chapter at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church celebrating Juneteenth on Saturday June 11.

April 2016



Left image: April 21, the Pacific Ocean Chapter celebrated our eight anniversary.
Right image: April 21.  Thank you family and friends for your continued support!



April 23, supporting Alpha Phi Alpha at their Black and Gold Ball.

February 2016



Left image: Dr. Halemia Jones and Celeste Jackson at the Zeta's Collection of Pearls Award on February 27, 2016.
Middle image: Daysha Jones and Celeste Jackson at the Collection of Pearls Award.
Right image: Celeste Jackson presented the award to Jewel McDonald (received by her daughter Kim).



Patrick Piper's retirement ceremony. Thank you, Patrick for your service to our country.




Left image:Round of applause to all the contestants and winners of our Youth Poetry Contest
Middle image: Congrats to our first, second and third place winners of our Youth Poetry Contest.
Right image: BIG and Phi Beta Sigma officers with our student musical entertainment at our Youth Poetry Contest



Left image: February 15, Bright eyes to start the Great Aloha Run!
Right image: Jolene and Kim during the Great Aloha Run about six miles into the race




February 6, 2016, African American Film Festival Opening Night at the Museum of Arts.

January 2016



Left image:BIG Chapter members supporting the NAACP's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Award Gala on January 16, 2016.
Right image: Danae Jones, daughter of Dr. Halemia Jones performed during the MLK Gala on January 16 at the Honolulu Country Club.



Left image: Jolene, Halemia, Gwen and Kim showing BIG support at the MLK Rally on January 18, 2016.
Right image: BIG Chapter members at Kapiolani Park to staff our outreach booth during the MLK Unity Rally on January 18, 2016.

December 2015


December 20, 2015
BIG Pacific Ocean Chapter wish you all the best for a happy holidays, from our family to yours.

November 2015



Left image: November 21, 2015. Ladies from BIG supporting the Omega Psi Phi Achievement Gala at the Plaza Club.
Right image: November 20, 2015. Delivering food donations to the Institute for Human Services from NAACP, BIG, Sigmas, and NRCS.

October 2015



Left image: October 18, 2015. Team BIG Pacific Ocean Chapter supported Komen Hawaii's Breast Cancer Awareness 5K Walk at Kapiolani Park.
Right image: Chapter members Celeste, Halemia, and Lance at the start of the 5K.



Left image: Chapter members Endyia and Jolene.
Right image: Chapter members Endyia, Kim, Jolene, and Celeste all smiles after the 5K, finished under one hour!

August 2015



August 6, celebrating 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act at the State Capitol with NAACP.




Left image: August 23, President Darlene Young addresses the National BIG Delegation.
Middle image: August 24, Honorable President Darlene Young thanks keynote speaker, Cheryl Wood.  
Right image: August 25, BIG gig after a full day of National Training Institute workshops.


Left image: August 26, members of Region IX.  
Middle image: August 26, Honorable President Darlene Young recognizes Jolene Lau during the New Life Members reception.
Right image: August 27, closing out BIG's NTI with the Cupid Shuffle.


Left image: August 27, thank you to all the mentors for our dynamic youth in STEM and FLAG.
Right image: August 29, Tom Sims brought the ladies out to join the BIG table at NAACP's Prayer Breakfast where our very own Normia Carter sang, "Lift Every Voice."

July 2015



Left image: Happy Birthday Halemia! Such an amazing party!

Right image: Alphonso congratulates Samantha for her service and dedication to NAACP.  Tripler Army Hospital is losing a great employee, congrats on your move and new position!

June 20, 2015 - Juneteenth Celebration at Blaisdell Park with NAACP.



Left image: Ms. Paula Jones is our newest BIG member.
Middle image: BAHAM-Goldsborough Hawaii Chapter of Tuskege Airmen Inc.
Right image: Lambda Beta Beta Chapter - Omega Psi Psi. 


Left image: Buffalo Soliders.  
Middle image: Friends.  
Right image: Nurses.


Left image: NY Life.  
Right image: NAACP group.

May 2015


May 23, 2015, Rubina, Jolene, and Yolanda supporting the Alpha Phi Alpha Black and Gold Ball.

March 2015


At our Chapter meeting, BIG welcomed the incoming officers and thanked the outgoing officers.

February 2015



Ernest Golden, author and long time resident of Hawaii, Dr. Halemia Jones, and Lance Jones.  |  Dr. Halemia Jones & Lance Jones.  | Dr. Halemia Jones & Daphne Barbee-Wooten.

January 2015



Blacks in Government booth at Kapiolani Park.  |  Lance Jones, Jolene Lau, Ambassador Frankie Reed, Dr. Halemia Jones, Tom Sims and Ed Young.




Dr. Halemia Jones, Thomas Sims, and Jolene Lau.  |  BIG family and friends at our outreach booth in Kapiolani Park.  |  Jolene Lau, Alphonso Braggs, Ed Young, Lance Jones, Dr. Halemia Jones, and Thomas Sims.


Dr. Halemia Jones with Normia Carter.  |  Ed and Doris Young.




Dr. Halemia Jones, BIG president with Alphonso Braggs, NAACP president.  |  Thomas Sims with the NAACP community partnership award to the Phi Beta Sigmas.  |  Dr. Halemia Jones, Jolene Lau, Johnetta Piper, and Daysha Jones.

December 2014


Alphonso Braggs, Rubina Collier, Yolanda Johnson, Gabrielle Reynolds, and Jolene Lau at the NAACP sponsored Youth Day at Maili Beach Park on December 27, giving away pohinahina plants.


December 12, 2014 - Cyrus Netter, Jolene Lau, and Tom Sims with another rice donation to IHS from NAACP, BIG, and Phi Beta Sigma.


From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!

November 2014

Tom Sims and Jolene Lau deliver donations to Institute for Human Services.




Dr. Halemia Jones and family, Jolene Lau, and Kevin Murphy at the One Mile Finish Line during the Komen Walk at Kapiolani Park. | Dr. Halemia Jones and family, Jolene Lau, and Kevin Murphy before the Komen Walk at Kapiolani Park. | Dr. Halemia Jones and family, Ed Young and family, Jolene Lau, and Kevin Murphy participate in the Komen Walk as Team BIG.

August 2014

Members and guests at the August 21, 2014 Chapter Meeting.

July 2014

National BIG Training in Las Vegas, July 2014.


BIG national parliamentarian, Thomas Walton passed away in May. He was honored at the national event in las vegas. He came to Hawaii in 2009 when we hosted the region IX conference and taught a class. A big loss for BIG. He was a great man.

The Honorable Darlene H. Young, National BIG President.
 
(Left) Darlene Young, BIG National President, (right) Honorable Toni Martin, Region IX Secretary and (center) Dr. Halemia Jones, Pacific Ocean Chapter President.

Dr. Halemia Jones with Region IX members, Rev Edward Royal, and Sam Maze. Rev Royal was the speaker at the Interfaith service.


Dr. Halemia Jones, Chapter President with: 
Darlene Young, National President.
Kenneth Pearson, Region IX President.
Collette London, Pacific Ocean Chapter member.


Dr. Halemia Jones with BIG first national President (seated) Honorable Ramona McCarthy Hawkins, Open plenary speaker, Honorable James L. Walls, Jr. , Mayor of the City of District Heights Maryland, and his mother ( standing middle).

May 2014

(Left to right) Rear Admiral Willie Metts, Director for Intelligence, US Pacific Command; Jolene Lau; Deloris Guttman; and Lyntillus Boyd at the West Loch Memorial Service, Punchbowl.  May 21, 2014.

Four Star General Vincent Brooks, Commander, US Army Pacific and his wife with BIG members; Jolene Lau and Lyntillus Boyd at the West Loch Memorial Service, Punchbowl.  May 21, 2014.

March 2014

Jolene Lau with retired Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, AADCCH guest speaker at the Waikiki Yacht Club on March 1, 2014.
 
Jefferson autographed his book, "Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman and POW."

February 2014

The Youth Poetry Contest was held on February 17, 2014. (Left to right) Dr. Halemia Jones, BIG President; Aaron Ross, 3rd Place; Danae Jones, First Place; Ayanna Allen, Second Place; and Cyrus Netter, Phi Beta Sigma Vice President.

Cyrus Netter (left) and Dr. Halemia Jones (right) present Normia Carter, Bryan Briscoe, and Daphne Barbee-Wooten a Certificate of Appreciation for judging the contest.

Group photo of the Youth Poetry Contest winners, judges, and sponsors.

Gentlemen of the Phi Beta Sigma.

The Youth Poetry Contest was sponsored by the Blacks in Government Pacific Ocean Chapter and the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. The Vice Presidents for both organizations are Cyrus Netter and Jolene Lau (BIG).

January 2014


January 20, 2014 Jolene Lau, Ed Young, and family staffing the outreach booth at the MLK Unity Rally in Kapiolani Park.

On January 18, 2014, Emancipation Freedom Walk at Ala Moana Park.

On January 18, 2014, Jolene Lau and Daphne Barbee Wooten, NAACP Award Recipient.

December 2013

Pictured left to right is Ed Young, Jolene Lau, Tom Sims, Kim Walker Bradford, Lance Jones, and Sam Thomas.
On December 19, 2013, BIG Pacific Ocean Chapter members gathered for the holidays.  Pictured left to right is Ed Young, Jolene Lau, Tom Sims, Kim Walker Bradford, Lance Jones, and Sam Thomas.

November 2013

On behalf of BIG, Jolene Lau and Thomas Sims deliver donations to the Institute for Human Services.
In November 15, 2013, On behalf of BIG, Jolene Lau and Thomas Sims deliver donations to the Institute for Human Services.

October 2013

Komen Breast Cancer Awareness event.
In October 20, 2013, BIG Pacific Ocean Chapter participated in the Komen Breast Cancer Awareness event.  Jolene Lau, Kim Walker-Bradford, Dr. Halemia Jones, and family members joined the walk at Kapiolani Park.

September 2013

The BIG Pacific Ocean Chapter hosted a reception for visiting guest, U.S. Ambassador Frankie Reed.
In September 2013, the BIG Pacific Ocean Chapter hosted a reception for visiting guest, U.S. Ambassador Frankie Reed.

August 2013

Fern Elementary School students.
In August 2013, BIG Pacific Ocean Chapter members made personal donations of school supplies to Fern Elementary School students.  Jolene Lau and Thomas Sims presented the items along with organizational partners.

June 2013

The annual NAACP Juneteenth celebration.
In June 2013, BIG Pacific Ocean Chapter participated in the annual NAACP Juneteenth celebration. Sam Thomas and Jolene Lau staffed the organizational booth in Chinatown.  Photo courtesy of HonoluluPulse.com.

March 2013


March 2013, Diabetes Walk.  Jolene Lau, Dr. Halemia Jones, and family at Kapiolani Park for the annual Diabetes Walk.

January 2013

Tom Sims (left) and Dr. Halemia Jones (right) congratulate Ed Young (center) for the NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Gala.

December 2012

BIG Pacific Ocean Chapter gathered for the holidays with family and friends.
In December 2012, BIG Pacific Ocean Chapter gathered for the holidays with family and friends.

June 2012

The annual NAACP Juneteenth celebration.
In June 2012, BIG Pacific Ocean Chapter participated in the annual NAACP Juneteenth celebration.  Ed Young, Dr. Halemia Jones, Collette London-Flournoy and family staffed the organizational booth in Chinatown. Photo courtesy of HonoluluPulse.com.

January 2012

Alphonso Braggs, NAACP Hawaii President, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in January 2012 with Jolene Lau, BIG Pacific Ocean Chapter Vice President.
Alphonso Braggs, NAACP Hawaii President, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in January 2012 with Jolene Lau, BIG Pacific Ocean Chapter Vice President.

June 2011

The annual NAACP Juneteenth celebration.
In June 2011, BIG Pacific Ocean Chapter participated in the annual NAACP Juneteenth celebration.  Kim Wiggins, Kim Walker-Bradford and Jolene Lau staffed the organizational booth at Kapiolani Park.  Photo courtesy of Miles Jenkins.

January 2010

The annual NAACP Martin Luther King, Jr. parade.
In January 2010, BIG Pacific Ocean Chapter participated in the annual NAACP Martin Luther King, Jr. parade.  Kim Walker-Bradford, Jolene Lau, Dr. Halemia Jones and family marched at Kapiolani Park.

2009

In 2009 the BIG Pacific Ocean Chapter hosted the Region IX training conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In 2009 the BIG Pacific Ocean Chapter hosted the Region IX training conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.