Cabral to be honored for nonprofit excellence


Chad MK Cabral, chief executive officer of the Boys &Girls Club of the Big Island, will receive an award next month from the Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations.

Cabral was named HANO’s 2018 Emerging Leader Awardee and will be honored at this year’s annual nonprofit association conference taking place Oct. 5 on Oahu, according to an announcement from the Boys &Girls Club.


The award recognizes a standout community leader in the nonprofit industry that has exemplified organizational and professional excellence, community spirit, innovation, personal integrity, and has made an impressive impact in supporting communities.

Keene Fujinaka and Bank of Hawaii nominated Cabral for the award.

“In the short two-plus years Chad has been at BGCBI’s helm, the organization has been transformed,” according to the announcement. “Many club members come from families that need BGCBI’s services most. Recognizing hunger as a major problem, BGCBI opened a commercial certified kitchen on Hilo club grounds in May 2016 which has provided over 60,000 healthy meals and snacks to community youth.”

In September 2017, Cabral also opened the club’s first West Hawaii youth program in Kealakehe.

These achievements were accomplished while turning around a $500,000 budget deficit that preceded Cabral.


Boys &Girls Club of the Big Island services approximately 1,000 youth each year, providing after-school activities for youth ages 6 to 18 for just $10 a year.

Visit or contact BGCBI admin office at 961-5536 for more information.

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