109 results for author: Emily Jones


Shop On Amazon + Give Back

Any new finds on Amazon? Getting your Christmas shopping started early? Now, one of the easiest ways for you to shop, has also become an easy way to give with AmazonSmile! You can choose to donate to Surfing the Nations at no added cost to your transaction. 0.5% of the price of eligible products will be donated directly to us when you’re ready to check out. Here's how it works: Go to smile.amazon.com, Sign in with your Amazon account Select “Surfing the Nations” as your charitable organization. Eligible products that you are purchasing will be marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation.” It’s a simple way to give back while promot...

Sailing Adventure Leadership Training

Aiming to take our commitment of character and leadership building to the next level, Surfing The Nations is excited to add a new leadership training program to its roster: S.A.L.T. – Sailing Adventure Leadership Training! This program gives senior STN staff and volunteers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to set sail around various Hawaiian Islands on a 96-foot sailboat, SSV Makani Olu, for one week. STN will partner up with The Marimed Foundation for this incredible excursion. Marimed was established in 1984 and delivers ocean and land-based learning experiences that empower youth, adults and families and strengthen communities (http://marimed....

I N D O N E S I A

The 17th Annual Indonesia trip has come to a close. I had the amazing opportunity to lead this adventure trip full of amazing people. Our diverse team of 21 included surfers, photographers, musicians, college students, and a family of four! We started in Kuta, Bali and over the course of three and a half weeks, went to Bingin, Uluwatu, and Desert Point on Lombok. After that, we jumped on a boat for 7 days to Gili, Sumbawa and Nusa Lembongan. The Indo trip being a surf tour, the team got great surf at world class breaks: Impossibles, Scar Reef, Desert Point, and Shipwrecks, just to name a few. At one point, we sailed through such rough waters that our ...

Hurricane Playlist: Pepa Knight

I sat in the Surfers Coffee Bar on an ordinary work day, trying to think of a band to write about for a weekend music feature.My friend, Tyler, was visiting from California and plopped down next to me as I stared blankly at my screen, weary from browsing. Seeing the chance to get some fresh ideas, I asked him to tell me a good band that I may have not heard of before. He grabbed his phone, scrolled through some music and threw out a name that was to become my new favorite band: 'Jinja Safari'. Fast forward to a few years later: Still growing in popularity and stretching beyond the borders of their native Australia, Jinja not only thrives as a group, ...

BLSD Project Hawaii Is Blessing The Kids Of Wahiawa

STN is excited to announce that the Ulu Pono kids program has been chosen as the first ' one for one'  project by local apparel company Blessed Project Hawaii (BLSD). Read about their mission from their website below: ""Our mission is to spread blessings to people in need, particularly children.  For every shirt we sell, we will give one to a person in need.  We have all been blessed with so many things in this world.  Sometimes we get too caught up in what we want for ourselves.  We should stop for a moment and realize that the things we take for granted everyday, someone else is praying for. We have all been blessed so that we can ...

Ohai Family Festival

Today's blog comes from Katie Connor,  the director of STN's Ulu Pono program. To see more photos and read more about her life working with the kids of Wahiawa, visit her blog.   Do you remember your first piano recital or football game? The weeks of practice and the butterflies in your stomach? Do you remember looking up into the bleachers or squinting from the bright stage into the dark crowd? And there they were: the people who had pushed (maybe slightly forced) you to be there. They looked at you with love and pride, trying to mask their own anxiety for you. They belonged to you; they were your parents. I remember many moments like ...

Stumptown Brings SCB To The Next Level

The Surfers Coffee Bar got an extra jolt last Friday morning with a visit from Stumptown’s very own David George.  This seven-year veteran with Stumptown Coffee Roasters took the five hour flight from Portland to Wahiawa to up the expertise of the already “Top 10 Coffee Shops in Hawaii” placeholder. SCB Barsita, Karen Domingo was thrilled to have the opportunity, and recognizes the benefits it will have on Surfers Coffe Bar:  ""In general, I think it was important that all of our baristas were trained together. Not only do we know we're on the same page, but we're all following the same high standards. David is a good teacher- he taught us ...

Aloha, Clark

Iconic Hawaiian artist Clark Takashima tragically passed away last weekend and here at STN we are saddened by the loss of this friend and supporter. Clark was not only a famous surf artist on the island, but had a heart to give back through his passion. He was a returning headline artist in several of our art shows and generously donated a portion of the sales made to our kids’ program, Ulu Pono. Mahalo for your contribution to art on the island and being part of inspiring the kids in this at-risk neighborhood to pursue art.  

Thank You From The Heart

Sometimes when you get into the day-to-day work at a non-profit, it's hard to see how far you have come - that is until an anonymous someone shows you from a bigger perspective. We are so grateful for the people that believe in transformation and hope, and  our efforts would be fruitless without them. Below are the contents of a special note we received recently from such a person: "Mahalo nui loa - Thank you from the heart!" "Dear Mr. Bauer, I would like to personally thank you and your Surfing The Nations organization for all of your efforts in transforming Wahiawa. So much positive changes are occurring right in front of our eyes ...

The Vintage Goes Mobile!

The boutique that is drawing people from all over the island is coming is to you!     The Vintage Humanitarian Boutique is going bringing their treasures to two events packed into one weekend.     The first event is The Hawaii Collector's Expo at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, February 21-23. You can find The Vintage there Friday 4-9 PM, Saturday 9-6 PM, and Sunday 10-4 PM. Admission is $5 per day (free for military with ID).     For fans of the Honolulu Night Market in Kaka'ako, The Vintage will be vending at the 'Pack It Up' resale event at the Pinch Of Salt warehouse, Saturday, February 22nd, 10 AM- 2 PM. Get ...