Outreach


Reaching A Community And Chasing Dreams

Joel Lowry is a current Surfing The Nations staff member who not only serves as a leader within the internship training program but has also taken charge of leading the community impact department. This man's heart for the community of Wahiawa and desire to build genuine relationships with every individual he encounters has already shown to have a profound impact. Last Saturday, Joel and a small group from the current internship went up to Leilehua Highschool to hang out and connect with some of the guys from the local sober living program. Many of the interns shared ...

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I Came To Serve But Left Forever Changed

With the support and devotion of the Hawaiian Foodbank, Feeding The Hungry is an outreach program that has had a tremendous impact on countless lives for over twenty years. Volunteers that commit to serving every week create an atmosphere where people are able to build relationships and connections that last a lifetime. It's an environment encompassing joy, where encouragement is constantly given. People come to receive food but above all else, they know that it is a place where they are seen, heard, and deeply valued.   Personally, FTH is one of my favorite ...

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Middle Eastern Adventures

Our stellar team is back from the Middle East and have countless stories of all their impactful experiences. It has been a pleasure to listen intently as they paint a beautiful picture of their journeys and we are excited to also share them with you!   As Told by Kaylen Wray, The goal of this trip for me was to see how Surfing The Nations surf culture influences the surf community in Egypt, specifically the Bianki Melt club. Surfing is the platform that allows us to actually connect with people and it was very obvious that Surfing The Nations has truly ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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In Between Sets – Summer Recap

  Before the (only slightly) cooler days of Fall come upon us here in the islands, we are catching our breath from a whirlwind Summer Semester. It’s had its fair share of highs, very few lows, and has altogether been marked with that special sense that something great is happening in people’s lives.   International Trips We sent around 70 people to Indonesia to celebrate STN’s 20th Annual Trip - can you believe it? Tom Bauer has been on all 20 trips and has literally seen babies grow up into adults. That’s a full generation of locals and ...

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Bangla Bangla! Plus a giveaway!

Here we are again - the first international outreach trip of the year and it's usually a doozy - Bangladesh! Somehow, this faraway nation of rickshaws, three-pieces, paratha and dhal has captured the imagination of generations of STNers. We don’t usually do this but we are going to do a giveaway at the end of this blog, so keep reading! Before that, though, let’s talk about the stoke around Bangladesh. While the rickshaws and paratha have played their part, there’s a LOT to be said for the sweet friendships and awesome adventure that Bangladesh offers, both of ...

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Egypt Surf Contest 2016

  After a four year absence, a reunion even with your best friend can be a little nervy, so as our plane touched down in the dusty nation of Egypt we wondered how our old surf friends would react to seeing us again. We spent a few days in Cairo with our team of 20 (21 if you count the baby!) seeing the sights, riding camels around the pyramids, reaching out to the impoverished of Garbage City, and marvelling at this modern city living side by side with echoes, whispers, and shouts of an ancient civilization.   The real fun started when we reached our ...

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Celebrating 2016

2016 was an incredible year - Thank you to everyone who has helped make 2016 real, radical, and revolutionary!  Here's a look at the many different ways you helped make a difference through Surfing The Nations this year!

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