9 results for tag: giving back


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. If a picture is worth that many words, what about the memory that it encapsula...

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 things to do. Not just out of the things we do with Surfing The Nations, but it is ...

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 team. These are just a few of many things his co-workers have to say about his ...

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 impacted the Egyptian surf community and is a huge part of the boys’ lives. The ...

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 endless questions about what the day would look like. We finally arrived at ...

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, dancing, and much more.       Madi Graham, who is a new staff member at ...

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 has been working with the kid’s program Ulu Pono. Last week, we were able to ...

Thank you, Whole Foods!

We can feel the excitement increasing for the Community Outreach Training Center, and the anticipation builds with each donation that comes in! We want to thank all of you who have financially partnered with us for the construction of the COTC; we still have a long way to go, but we couldn’t have gotten this far without your help. This week we would love to give a special shout out to one of our supporters: Whole Foods in Kahala! Whole Foods has been extremely generous to us and has played a huge part in helping this building progress. But what a lot of you probably don't know is that their generosity towards Surfing The Nations didn’t start ...

The 12×12 Initiative

"Stories Matter. People Matter." The 12x12 Initiative is a project developed by three friends who are making their way across the continental U.S. to “visit, observe, serve, and help” 12 organizations in 12 weeks. With the goal of giving a voice to these organizations, they will be using the power of film and photography to tell the stories of the people they meet. Head Videographer, Logan Jacobs, shares, “There's so much power in stories and speaking them out and that's our goal. To tell the stories that haven't been heard.” Their heart and vision for this project is to see individuals get involved in their own communities through ...