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A Brothel Redeemed

Every day, our property sings of restoration and transformation. Hammers strike nails, drills spin with excitement, and the local radio redundantly blares “Hello” by Adele. Laughter and conversation echo from the construction site as the workers tackle their daily tasks. It’s absolutely crazy to ponder the fact that where there was once a brothel, a Community Outreach and Training Center stands in it’s place. Let that marinate in your mind for a second. A brothel, a place infected with darkness, hurt, and despair is now a place where dreams are to be ignited and ...

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The True Island Experience

Today's blog is brought to you by an STN intern, Chloe Purpero, from North Carolina. Upon arriving in January, she shares a glimpse of her experience from working and serving at Surfing The Nations.    Since coming to Hawaii with Surfing the Nations, my perspective of the island has been completely shaken. Each day, my heart has been broken for something I have seen or by something that I have learned. Perhaps the splendor of the island masks and overshadows the true brokenness that people endure in Hawaii every day. The biggest blessing since being here ...

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Staff of The Year 2015: Anthony Perez

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” -C.S. Lewis This quote is a simple and perfect summarization of Anthony Perez. His character reflects just this. His love for others is pure, honest, and persistent. Why he was named staff of the year is not a surprise for us at Surfing The Nations. Any staff member would light up from the mention of his name and proudly boast of his humble character, work ethic, and selflessness. His time as director of our Feeding The Hungry program has been revolutionary. When I was asked to write ...

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STN Stories: Jamielynn

“Confident.” “Sporty.” “An awesome sister!” “Really funny.” “She always spices things up.” “Full of life.” Jamie Lynn. The name itself brings me so much joy. I can’t help but let out a laugh and paint a smile across my face. When I asked people to describe her in one adjective, they couldn’t help but do the same. Through a wide smile and laughter, volunteers at Surfing the Nations spit out adjectives such as “confident,” “full of life”, “sporty,” “witty”, “compassionate,” and “hilarious.” We could go on ...

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3rd Annual Wahiawa Thanksgiving Dinner!

For 2 years in a row, Surfing The Nations has hosted a fall Thanksgiving event for the community of Wahiawa... and we couldn’t be more excited to host our 3rd! Mark your calenders and spread the word because this is an event that you won’t want to miss out on! This year we are planning to bring the traditions of both the classic American Thanksgiving with that of the local Hawaiian community. Our motto here at STN is “Surfers Giving Back” and there is no better time than Thanksgiving to show our amazing community just how much we love and appreciate them. Our ...

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Surf Art and the Surfer 2015

Take a moment to think of that place you go to be inspired... where the creative atmosphere gets the imaginative juices flowing. Do you have it? I think you know the place; the writers have their coffee shops, romantics have that prime spot for every sunset, children look up to the sky where the clouds come alive, and surfers have their favorite break where they wait on their boards, anticipating that perfect wave. Here’s another question: where do you go to inspire others? For a moment let’s make an assumption: we all want to inspire others, or leave our mark on the ...

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Alumni Wave: Emily Jones

Photo: JusticeRising.com Where Are They Now? After living in South Carolina, England, Hawaii and LA - and having countless international travels in between - it is safe to say that Emily Jones (a.k.a. EmJ) could tell you a few stories from her mere 27 years. From helping to pioneer our Ulu Pono Kids program and working as STN's creative director, EmJ made a major impact during her five years on staff at STN! Unbeknownst to her at the time, each endeavor was a vital piece of the puzzle to help her reach for her ultimate goal: getting to the Congo. A goal ...

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Skimming through North Korea

When you daydream about where you would LOVE to travel to... what country comes to mind? For STN staff member Zeke Conner, his answer was far from typical; his thirst for adventure and desire for change took him to a closed nation that most people wouldn't even consider... Click HERE to read an interview by Skim Magazine about how journeying with Surfing The Nations has led Zeke to be the first-ever skim boarder in North Korea!

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A refreshing journey to Waipio Valley

Hawaiian-island hopping is one of our favorite ways to travel... especially when its for our internship programs "Inter-island outreach". Read about this summers trip to the Big Island, written by internship staff member, Sofie Gustavsson! Leaving the lava fields of Kona behind, the greenery of northern Big Island made us all wide eyed and speechless, in awe of the beauty around us. At the top of the Waipio Valley Lookout the excitement was static in the air, backpacks were adjusted, water bottles refilled and polaroids taken before our group of eighteen, ten ...

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Mahalo!

We may only be halfway through 2015, but it has already marked some great milestones for Surfing The Nations. (See below!) We could not have done this alone though! Many have supported STN with their time, finances, skills, services and donations.   Mahalo to all who have brought us closer to our dreams! Amy Webb // Over three years of countless hours of service Artisan Construction // STN financial supporter; Donated enormous portions of labor toward the construction of the COTC, while charging little to no overhead cost! Chaminade University ...

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