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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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Wahiawa Pineapple Parade and Festival!

Last Saturday, Surfing The Nations got to participate in the 11th annual Wahiawa Pineapple Parade and Festival! We had a fun day celebrating the little town of Wahiawa we proudly call home with the rest of our community.  From delicious local food vendors to an entire row of colorful bounce-houses, nearly everyone resident of Wahiawa came out on the sunny summer afternoon to take part in the festivities. The change that is occurring in Wahiawa is amazing and we love getting to be a part of it!  Enjoy the photo recap below and see yet another reason why we love Wahiawa....

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Philippines Here We Come!

For the first time since 2010, Surfing The Nations has sent off a team to the Philippines! A group of seven left Hawaii at the crack of dawn to meet up with our European and Aussie team members in Cebu.  From there, the team will head to their destination of Siargao island where they'll be for a little over two weeks. The team is stoked to build upon existing relationships in the surf communities and villages, and to help meet the needs that are there. They will also be connecting with local learning centers like Balikbayod. We'll have photos and updates coming your ...

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The Freedom Surf Contest

The anticipation is in the air when you show up at the beach in the morning. Your hoodie is still on because the Hawaii sun hasn’t lingered over Waikiki long enough yet. You see judges make their way to the scaffolding with coffee in hand. You’re about to surf Queen’s with just a handful of friends in a fun competition. Playing games in the sand, setting up your hammock and hanging out with friends while live music plays, are the few things on your schedule for the remainder of the day. These are just a few memories that people have made when over the past several ...

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Not Your Average Family Trip

Today's blog is from an extraordinary woman, Carla Hanes. This year, she and her husband and their three young boys are embarking on a life changing trip to Bali, Indonesia. It would be easy for this Alabama family to find a much easier trip to go on, especially with their youngest son being 4 years old, but Carla knows that this is an invaluable experience. Here, she shares with us why it's important for her family to do this, and what she's experienced through the process thus far. The Hanes household is officially on count down: Taylor, Carla, Jack, Luke and Tay have ...

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New Series: On Our Bookmarks Bar!

An organization is first of all, people. At Surfing The Nations, people from several nations, backgrounds and influences come, bringing with them a countless number of interests. One thing that we all have in common is that we all strive to live inspiring lives, and thus have our specific sources of inspiration. In this new blog series, On My Bookmarks Bar we introduce an STN staff member and their favorite websites that they've bookmarked and continually frequent to keep their creative juice flowing. We hope you find a few new favorites of your own, and get inspired! On ...

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Aloha to long term staff member, Chris Rehrer!

Surfing The Nations bids farewell to its long-term staff member, Chris Rehrer. After eight years, three cities and over 15 countries with STN, he has left his mark on the character of this organization and impacted many lives around the world. Read to end to see where he’s off to next (ok, it’s Australia!) and all the fun bits in between to get the insider's look at what it means to be a long-term staffer with STN. -GP   GP: What was your very first full day at STN like? CR: I arrived on June 15, 2005 at Honolulu airport. I borrowed a cell phone to call the ...

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The Rain Room

It's one of those days when you wish you were in New York city. The 'Rain Room' installation by Random International is now on exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Ten people at a time are allowed into the dark room of pouring rain and, with the help of highly sensitive 3D camera motion sensors, will not get wet. What an experience it must be to walk through a downpour and watch the water part for you! It's almost a paradox, that such advanced technology would clash with something so natural, and 'everyday' as rain. This exhibit has the power to awaken wonder ...

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Weekend Jam: Yosef

Sometimes people look for their 'calling' in life, and find it after much seeking. For others, their calling finds them. Yosef, real name Hunter Duncan, is a musician whose road seems to have found him. Hunter was captivated by music as a middle schooler in Lexington, South Carolina and since then has poured himself into developing his natural talent as musician, singer and songwriter. From bands in basements, to solo on big city stages, Yosef has come a long way, and is just now gaining more momentum than ever. In the midst of working the release of his first solo album ...

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Weekend Jam: The Great Gatsby Soundtrack

*This link is no longer active, as it was a limited time offer* Americans were required to read it as high school students. A story both exciting and troubling at the same time, it's possible many of us only remember it as an assignment on our calendar. But from May 10th on, thanks to the vision of Baz Luhrmann and the work of  countless others, The Great Gatsby will be remembered as explosive and arresting. The film hits theaters next week, and from the looks of the trailers, is sure to enchant. This week, while we're waiting for the roaring 20's extravaganza, we get ...

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