9 results for month: 08/2013


Ulu Pono Teens

Today's blog is from our amazing Ulu Pono Kids Director, Katie Connor.  This woman has an amazing (and patient!) heart for the kids on our street - and in my opinion, one of the toughest jobs at STN!  She is constantly striving to make the program the best it can be and provide the children with every opportunity possible.  However, there is one thing she cannot do - stop the kids from growing up! In today's guest blog, she explains her plans and hopes for the Ulu Pono Kids program as its members become too old to be called "kids." "Ulu Pono Teens" - to this day, the name of this 4 month old program cracks me up. But let me set the stage before I ...

What To Buy In Indonesia

Indonesia, more recently known for its perfect waves, has been recognized since the 1500's for its prized export goods among traders and tourists. Although traveling to Indonesia no longer requires jumping on a Dutch merchant vessel, the unique items found there are still highly desired by those living in the Western world. On our trip to Indo, each team member is asked to bring 2 suitcases full of donations to give out while there, and use only a carry-on for all of his or her personal items.  Given this space limitation, we want to know which treasures the individuals on the trip decided to bring back to Hawaii!  Below are a few of our staffs' ...

On Our Bookmarks Bar: Charis Ifland

On My Bookmarks Bar: Charis Bauer Ifland, Business Director This week, we are sharing Charis Ifland's favorite bookmarked websites.  As a wife, business director and world traveler, this girl knows which websites are the best for helping her keep the many moving parts of her life in order! Take note, the next few websites you may want to remember!     1.  Mint.com is a great tool to organize and manage your finances! It brings your financial information to one place, you can create a budget, and set goals to plan for the future. It helps save and enjoy the important things in life!       2. My google account is ...

Wahiawa Pineapple Parade and Festival!

Last Saturday, Surfing The Nations got to participate in the 11th annual Wahiawa Pineapple Parade and Festival! We had a fun day celebrating the little town of Wahiawa we proudly call home with the rest of our community.  From delicious local food vendors to an entire row of colorful bounce-houses, nearly everyone resident of Wahiawa came out on the sunny summer afternoon to take part in the festivities. The change that is occurring in Wahiawa is amazing and we love getting to be a part of it!  Enjoy the photo recap below and see yet another reason why we love Wahiawa. To learn more about the Pineapple Festival click here.  

Philippines Here We Come!

For the first time since 2010, Surfing The Nations has sent off a team to the Philippines! A group of seven left Hawaii at the crack of dawn to meet up with our European and Aussie team members in Cebu.  From there, the team will head to their destination of Siargao island where they'll be for a little over two weeks. The team is stoked to build upon existing relationships in the surf communities and villages, and to help meet the needs that are there. They will also be connecting with local learning centers like Balikbayod. We'll have photos and updates coming your way soon from them!

The Freedom Surf Contest

The anticipation is in the air when you show up at the beach in the morning. Your hoodie is still on because the Hawaii sun hasn’t lingered over Waikiki long enough yet. You see judges make their way to the scaffolding with coffee in hand. You’re about to surf Queen’s with just a handful of friends in a fun competition. Playing games in the sand, setting up your hammock and hanging out with friends while live music plays, are the few things on your schedule for the remainder of the day. These are just a few memories that people have made when over the past several years of the Freedom Surf Contest. This September, we are bringing it all back ...

In With The New!

Don't you love it when something that's already good, gets taken to the next level and made so much better?  That is what has happened at the Surfers Coffee Bar. Thanks to the generosity of people in Hawaii and all over the world, The Surfers Coffee Bar, already an amazing coffee shop serving quality, fair trade coffee, is now serving drinks using a new grinder, filtration system and top quality LaMarzocco espresso machine. Stop by and get your chance to test out the new machine! If you've already been to SCB, come try out your favorite drink with the new machine. It's almost like visiting an all new coffee shop, but with all the things you loved ...

Travel Via Friends

This generation uses social networking to involve their friends in everything they do, from sharing what they had for lunch to their wedding photos. Social media has been instrumental in breaking down walls between people, cultures and distance to make communication almost limitless. If social networking influences so much of our lives, what could this mean for traveling? Two friends considered this question and came up with an idea that could revolutionize travel. Traveling not by map or guidebook or hit-and-miss couch surfs, but travel via friends. Krissa and Daljeet met in Hong Kong as high schoolers. As 'TCKs' or Third-Culture Kids (a person ...

New Staff Members and Intern Graduates!

This past week, we said 'Congratulations' and 'Aloha' to our graduating students in the Internship and Surfers Leadership School. The summer internship was composed of five students representing five different nations: Australia, Sweden, Switzerland, Colombia and The USA. It was the one of the most internationally diverse internships yet! The interns accomplished a lot over the past three months: book reports, essays, working with our Ulu Pono kids program, teaching surf and swim to at-risk youth and feeding hundreds of people each week. Topping all that off, was a 10 day outreach to the Big Island!  Surfers Leadership School also graduated five ...