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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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A Story Of A Radically Impacted Life

The magnanimous Steven Butwell is a former Surfing The Nations staff member who unremittingly served both locally and internationally from September of 2008 until October of 2009. Not only is he an eloquent and captivating writer, but currently resides in southern California impacting countless lives through addiction counseling. We are inordinately grateful for the bountiful ways he has impacted and poured into every individual that he encounters. It is an honor to have him share his awe-inspiring journey. I have heard it said that a picture is worth a thousand words. ...

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Cheers Sam!

This 25-year-old stud comes to Surfing The Nations all the way from the Land of Fin. He looks like the forever handsome Fabio when he shaves his beard. He turns everything into a challenge and usually wins. He falls asleep during 90% of the movies he watches. He is the hard-working, the adventurous, our 2017 Staff of the Year... Mr. Samuel Snellman Sam is quite the man. He exemplifies selfless service on a day to day basis and is incredibly generous, especially with his time. It is a pleasure to work alongside him and we are so thankful to have him as part of our ...

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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 master...

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Celebrating 2017!

This past year has been full of thrilling adventures, serving internationally and monumental milestones. We reflect on 2017 with grateful hearts and are in awe of the incredible journey we've experienced as an organization.  

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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 ...

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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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I Came for the Food, but Left With Friends

  Today's post comes from the Ulu Pono Division Head, Teka Gabaldon! She has been a long time faithful member of our Outreach Department.  Read on to hear Teka's observations about our weekly food distribution in Kalihi.   As I’ve been helping with Feeding The Hungry (FTH) over the past three years, I’ve observed and gotten to know (some of) the hundreds of aunties and uncles that attend each week. I watch them as they get off the bus, run to the corner and line up waiting to be checked in week after week. The sight is similar each time: the ...

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In Between Sets: April 2017

The STN universe cycles through three semesters a year and in between those sets (see what we did there? ;) ) we have what we call “down” months. Our interns have graduated and flown the nest, the SLS students have moved on to full-time staff positions and many of the staff are on outreach in Bangladesh. So what happens around the Hawaii base during that time? Here’s a little peek into April for ya.   Skeleton Crew That’s us! We’re down from the 80+ crew to about 20 staff and service team handling the workload of STN - gettin' it done! Feeding The ...

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Inter-Island Adventures

One of the main highlights of our Internship program is the Inter-Island outreach to one of the neighboring Hawaiian islands. This semester, our interns headed off to Maui and had the time of their lives.  Sit back and relax as Noel, one of our current interns, shares her experience of this trip.   Inter-island was an experience that our entire internship had been anxiously awaiting.  We were split into two separate groups, which allowed us to grow with each other on a deeper level. There was the possibility that each team would venture to different islands. ...

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