Hawaii


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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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.  

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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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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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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 Named Outstanding Advocate For Children And Youth

Yesterday, Surfing The Nations was honored to be named as an Outstanding Advocate For Children and Youth in the state of Hawaii. Governor Neil Abercrombie and Hawaii State Representatives honored several other individuals and organizations as a part of Children and Youth Day, and Children and Youth Month. We are humbled and stoked to be a part of bringing hope to the next generation of Hawaii!          

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A Chance To Surf, A Chance To Dream.

Surfing The Nations has been working  for several years with the kids from a transitional housing shelter in Waianae, teaching surf and swim lessons every week. The kids that participate are living through some unstable and challenging situations and need something to give them hope, and  more importantly, someone to be there for them and believe in them. Throughout the years, Surfing The Nations has seen the Waianae Surf Club  grow and thrive. Cobian sandals came alongside the Waianae Surf Club and TJ Barron taught at the first Waianae Surf Camp last year. Ever since ...

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Summer Recap!

Fall is officially here! Some people know it's fall by the changing of the temperature or the leaves changing color (or the return of pumpkin spice everything) but at STN we know it's fall because of the new arrivals! We've started a new SLS class with five new students from Switzerland and the United Sates and this weekend we welcome 35 new interns from all over the globe! Alas, although the season has changed, summer is not soon forgotten! Summer 2013 was one for the books. To give you some proof of that, we've put together a little video for your enjoyment. Thanks to ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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