B.R.A.V.E. Hawaii is a local non-profit organization, founded and created by Mahealani Sims-Tulba in 2013. The name "B.R.A.V.E" is an acronym that stands for "Be Respectful and Value Everyone." Having been a victim of bullying herself, Mahea works hard in the community to bring awareness to students against bullying, by speaking and reading to schools while promoting values of kindness and respectfulness, goal setting, personal development and motivation.
In 2012 to complement the launch of the B.R.A.V.E Hawaii foundation, Mahea also authored and illustrated a children's book entitled, “It’s Okay to Be Different,” whose story line is inspired by her personal accounts of being bullied. Mahea believes the process of writing the book and creating a foundation has allowed her to turn her negative experience into positive change and awareness of the bullying problem in Hawaii. It is also her way of sharing her experience with others and being a voice for those who have ever experienced bullying on any level.
Mahealani Sims-Tulba, Founder of B.R.A.V.E Hawaii
and current Miss Teen Cosmos United States 2019
Some of the most rewarding work I do is fundraising and speaking to make a positive difference in our Hawaii communities. I feel blessed to use my ability to make people laugh to help schools, clubs, and organizations across the state. These efforts get a big boost from my generous sponsors.
One organization dear to my heart is B.R.A.V.E. Hawaii, helping our local students understand that a key to success is Being Respectful And Valuing Everyone. The curriculum covers anti-bullying in elementary school, setting goals in middle school, and making right choices in high school. B.R.A.V.E Hawaii was created by my daughter Mahealani Sims-Tulba when she was just thirteen years old.
In 2017, B.R.A.V.E. Hawaii programs will focus on underage alcohol abuse prevention in partnership with the County of Hawaii Department of Liquor Control. We will also be running the Miss Hawaii United States Pageant with the principles of B.R.A.V.E. Hawaii as the platform. We truly believe B.R.A.V.E Hawaii will expand our message of being respectful and valuing everyone and empowering young women statewide.
Augie T Comedian, Actor, Motivational Speaker and Mahea's Dad