Bye Bye, Brothel!

The month of May was history-in-the-making for Surfing The Nations as we took another big step towards Transformation Wahiawa! The much-anticipated demolition of an old brothel in the back of our property has finally come to pass. After years of being used as a house for illegal drug dealing and sex-trafficking, the plot of land has been flattened in order to rebuild a community center in its place.  The "Outreach Training Center" (OTC), as it will be called, will include a food pantry, art & music rooms for our Ulu Pono Kids program as well as permanent offices for ...

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INDO 2014

It's hard to believe that 2014 marks Surfing The Nations' SEVENTEENTH trip to Indonesia! In 1997, STN founder Tom Bauer pioneered the organization's first surfing adventure tour to this country of over 10,000 islands. On the brink of a new era of surfing about to flood Indonesia, he committed to go back every summer for the next ten years. Little did he know, that 'ten' would later turn into a 'twenty.' Now, 17 years later, he is back once again with a fresh team of 21, ready to introduce them to all of the reasons why he is full of stoke for Indo. The team landed in ...

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Surfers Coffee Bar Is Going Big!

Surfers Coffee Bar Is Going Big!  /// MAKEOVER Surfers Coffee Bar is now in its 4th year running and is thriving due to it’s recent makeover. Thank you to everyone who helped in the renovation of SCB and thank you to all our loyal customers for your patience and for supporting SCB through the transition. Since the renovations, SCB has had their most successful quarter ever and attribute it in large part to their increasingly famous Acai Bowls. /// RECOGNITION We are thrilled at how SCB is thriving. We are becoming better and better known for the quality of our caffeine ...

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8 Instagrams Accounts That Will Persuade You to Visit Hawaii [Or explore it further]

While it is no longer a secret that Instagram may be one of the biggest blessings (and curses) of this generation, we thought we would take a moment and help channel the daily flood of photos to just eight of our favorite Instagram accounts.  Here's to hoping that these photos may inspire you to get off your phone (or computer in this case) and go on an adventure - specifically in our beloved backyard, Hawaii!  P.s. Follow us on Instagram @surfingthenations  /// 1. @ThreeIfBySea Two brothers, Nainoa and Makana, capturing their exploration of their Hawaii Nei ...

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Pepperdine University /// Project Serve

Project Serve, an alternative spring break program offered by Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, allows students to travel together on an adventure and experience a “vacation” where the focus is not on themselves, but on serving others. Project Serve teams, which are composed of students and led by students, travel to many locations in the U.S. as well as internationally.  The goal in doing so is to remove comfort zones and increase student awareness of issues being faced by others around the world. For the past two years, Surfing the Nations has been ...

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Just Passing Through…

Besides hitting the waves on International Surfing Day, another great way to celebrate the stoke of the ocean is to check out Reef’s latest surf short, “De Passage” created by Director and Cinematographer Russell Brownley in conjunction with Reef’s Global Creative Director, Mark Tesi. Brownley is known for surf films such as “Walking on Water,” “Fading West” and “Promised Land” but is particularly special to Surfing the Nations because of his short documentary on Bangladesh called “Gum for my Boat.” Known for his ability to connect surfing and ...

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An Unexpected Adventure In China

Meet Mitchell Guapo. A fresh-faced, 18 year old native of the High Desert of California. After graduating high school, Mitchell came to Oahu and interned with Surfing The Nations. Seeing that Surfing The Nations was a great place from which to impact the world around him, he joined STN’s full time staff as the coordinator of Ulu Pono Teens program for at-risk youth. A life in Hawaii was already far beyond his wildest dreams, but little did he know the ride was about to get that much crazier! A few months ago, the founders of Zhou Enlai Peace Institute from China came by ...

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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 ev...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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