6 results for author: Noel Graham


Eye-Opening Journey Through Israel

Many dream of embarking on a journey to The Holy Land, and for some, it is even considered to be a right of passage. Whether it is exploring one's affinity to gain further knowledge of the culture and history embedded in these breathtaking cities or embarking on a sacred trek, no individual returns the same. The journey truly changes you as a person and challenges you to see the wonder of other cultures, people, and places through a new lens. The team that recently returned home had endless opportunities to broaden their own perspectives and their stories paint a masterpiece of deeper understanding and the beauty that can be found amidst brokenness...

Christmas Traditions Around The World

One of the most beautiful things about Christmas is the many diverse and unique traditions that create a lifetime of memories sometimes passed down through generations of families. We have the privilege of celebrating this season with people from all over the globe and share our treasured traditions with one another as an ohana. Representing six different countries, a few of our staff answered some fun questions about how they celebrate the Christmas season. Keep scrolling to view the Christmas in Hawaii, STN ohana style at the end of the interviews! Do you have a fake or real tree? Spencer Kaneda, Canada: “Real, we chop our own.” Aino ...

Share The Stoke: Empowering Young Surfers in Coastal Communities

This past Saturday was a fun-filled beach day with our Ulu Pono Teens that consisted of watching the Pipeline Pro surf contest, gourmet pb&j sandwiches at the park, and surfing with Kelly Kingston on brand new Firewire boards given to the teens from Share The Stoke Foundation. Earlier that morning, the group of tired teens loaded up in the van having no idea what the day would hold. The drive down to North Shore was spent jamming with the windows down, letting a flood of warm fresh air fill the van. They began to gain more energy and curiosity took over as they asked endless questions about what the day would look like. We finally arrived at ...

Ulu Pono Christmas Party

The afternoon began with assorted Christmas cookies, festively decorated cupcakes and hot chocolate. Both Ulu Pono kids and teens filled the room with laughter and excitement to celebrate the Christmas festivities that were underway. The room was lit by bulb lights strung from the ceiling and a Christmas tree topped with a Santa hat in the corner.  Collectively we gathered on blankets, covering the floor, and kicked off the party watching "How The Grinch Stole Christmas." As the movie came to an end, the kids anxiously awaited to receive their gifts from the Ulu Pono staff members. Little did they know, each of them would also receive a brand new ...

Celebrating With Hearts of Thankfulness

On a warm November night the eve of Thanksgiving, we hosted our annual Thanksgiving Luau. It was with grateful hearts that we celebrated the year of 2017 with our local community. An ambient glow and aroma of the savory Thanksgiving meal filled the property. Every individual that attended instantly felt welcomed and were served a hot meal. Several of our local military families also volunteered to prepare and serve meals throughout the evening. It was truly a night to remember filled with intentional conversations, newly formed relationships with others in the community, dancing, and much more.       Madi Graham, who is a new staff member at ...

Igniting The Stoke For Surfing

A swell of excitement began to build as our crew vigorously prepared for the Fall 2017 Freedom Surf Camp. This camp is one of the many highlights from this year and we are incredibly thankful to have been given the opportunity to celebrate all the keikis and ignite their stoke for surfing. Their enthusiasm was extremely contagious and filled the atmosphere with a sense of great thrill.   There was never a dull moment between several creative activities, team bonding exercises, and catching countless waves. Every keiki truly learned what it means to be a “Surfer Giving Back” and left each day not only making lifelong memories but with new ...