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MAHEALANI SIMS-TULBA

Mahealani Sims-Tulba is 21 years old, a college student, and a licensed esthetician in the state of Hawai'i. Mahea spends a lot of her free time working with her anti-bullying foundation, B.R.A.V.E. Hawaii.  B.R.A.V.E. is a non-profit organization, founded and created by Mahea in 2013. The name "B.R.A.V.E" is an acronym that stands for "Be Respectful and Value Everyone." 

 

To complement her B.R.A.V.E foundation, Mahea also authored and illustrated a children's book entitled, “It’s Okay to Be Different,” whose storyline 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.  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. Mahea is also the host of her new T.V. show, BRAVE T.V. on KKAI 50.

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She was also Hawaii’s Top High School winner and recipient of the 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Some local awards she has received are the 2018 Violet Richardson Soroptimist of Waikiki Award, 2018 Western Regional Violet Richardson Soroptimist Award, The Outstanding Youth Mental Health Advocate 2019 by Mental Health America of Hawaii, the Aloha 2019 Outstanding Community Youth Leader, and has earned 5 Gold Level Presidential Volunteer Service Awards. Mahea has also been recognized for her work with B.R.A.V.E. Internationally by the Princess Diana Awards. She just recently selected as an Ola Pono Award winner for 2020 by Honolulu Magazine.