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 ...

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Surfing The Nations collaboration with Stoked On Life!

For the next ten days, Surfing The Nations is collaborating with SOL (Stoked On Life) to bring you some limited edition “Surfers Giving Back” apparel and promote the idea of using your talents and passions to make a positive impact! 100% of the sale proceeds go to Surfing The Nations along with all of the merchandise on SOL's website (solsunglasses.com) for the next ten days.  Visit teespring.com/surfersgivingback  to check out the limited edition t-shirt, tank and hoodie!

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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 ...

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Bangladesh 2014

This Spring, Surfing The Nations embarks on their 10th annual Bangladesh Surfing Adventure, from April 9th until May 3rd. The team will be venturing to the outer island of St. Martin, as well as surfing Cox's Bazar, and holding the annual Freedom Surf Contest, the only surf contest in the country. In keeping with their mission of giving back, the team is collecting surf gear and clothing for the surf club in Cox's Bazar, and also bringing clothing and supplies to the Burmese refugee population. It is incredible to see how the sport has grown since STN first started to ...

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We Went To Turkey!

In the end of 2013, STN went on their first 'pioneer' trip to Turkey. Today, staff member Gisele Pitot shares a little about the trip: "When I think of a pioneer I picture a David Livingstone-esque character: grizzly and sweaty, hacking through the jungle with a machete while mosquitos feast on him. I picture safari hats and lot of khaki. But on an STN pioneer trip, things look a little different (although we still had some grizzly men!). Skateboards, stickers, cameras, GPS signals and the odd map were our tools in our very first trip to the Eurasian country of Turkey....

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Adventure With STN In 2014

In the recent film 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty', Walter lives a life of daydreams amidst his grey cubicle. Finally, in dramatic fashion, Walter breaks out of the routine and jumps into a new life of travel and adventure in the unknown. The Christmas Day release of The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty was timely, serving as an inspiration for people to follow their dreams in 2014. We've all made resolutions, set goals and entered into a new year, a seemingly emboldened people. This year, we invite you to break out of your comfort zone of what you know, and even further, ...

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Relief Update From The Philippines!

Exactly a month ago, we told you about STN Staffer Brendon Johnson and his relief trip to the Philippines. Brendon, who was raised in the Philippines, embarked on December 8th on a four month trip to help those in the country he called home. Most media has quieted down regarding what was called the biggest storm in history. Today on the blog, we have a few stories straight from Brendon that are both reports of brighter days for the Filipinos, and reminders of the hard realities they're still facing. -EJ "Since we arrived in the town of Hernani on the coast of Eastern ...

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AHC Enables You To Be A Part Of Giving Back

Aloha for Hawaii Charities (AHC) is a unique fundraising opportunity in which charities selected by the Friends Of Hawaii Charities can raise funds through the community’s involvement. Through AHC, Friends Of Hawaii Charities plans to match a portion of individual donations in an amount to be determined by the Friends of Hawaii Charities. The Friends Of Hawaii Charities has played a huge role in the transformation of lower Wahiawa and bringing hope to the neighborhood. Specifically, the grants received from FOHC have helped to start and sustain the Ulu Pono after school ...

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STN Staffer Heads To The Philippines!

When you spot Brendon Johnson in the lineup, one of the first things you’ll notice is the 8-rayed Filipino sun tattoo on his upper back.The second thing you might notice is how strange it is that this patriot of the Philippines looks nothing like a Filipino. With blonde hair, blue eyes and standing at over 6 feet tall,you have to wonder what the link is between this american caucasian and a cluster of islands  on the other side of the world. Brendon grew up in Cebu, Philippines as a child of missionary parents. His family provided a learning center to provide educati...

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Sisters In Seoul Raise Funds For STN!

Nine and Sara Chang are Hawaiian-born sisters that are now living in Seoul, South Korea. On a visit to Hawaii, they were introduced to Surfing The Nations, and they were so inspired that they decided to jump on board with fundraising for STN at Seoul Foreign School. It was such a nice surprise to find out that STN had these girls cheering us on from across the world! Sara took some time to tell her and Nina's story of how they got involved with STN and how they used their resources to start something at their school.     ''I first heard about Surfing The ...

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