10 results for tag: Hawaii


Staff of the Year 2014!

One staff member at Surfing The Nations has gone above and beyond. Not only did he manage working in the Accounting Department AND Surf Outreach Department, but he also participated in two International Trips along with helping to lead our Summer Challenge program. Above all, he performed with a stellar attitude and a strong character. Lucky for him, STN recognizes hard work and commitment. We present to you Ryley Snyder as 2014 Staff of the Year!     Taken back by this award, Ryley explains, “I’m definitely super humbled because of the caliber of people I work with, and thankful for the honor from everyone as well as ...

Home for the Holidays?

Christmas is a holiday marked with a plethora of traditions. From opening all of your presents on Christmas eve to eating Christmas brunch instead of having a large dinner, the holiday is celebrated with customs unique to each family and individual. To get a taste of this variety, we asked a couple of our staff what their plans were this holiday season, along with a tradition. Heading home for the holidays, Camie Abernathy of Paso Robles, CA, shares, "I am looking forward to being home and sitting by the fire. My immediate family meets up with the community of friends I grew up with (about 5 families in total) and we get ridiculous hats and musical ...

2014 Going Big Highlights

2014 was the year we decided to "Go Big", and here's some highlights of how we achieved that!  

Stumptown Brings SCB To The Next Level

The Surfers Coffee Bar got an extra jolt last Friday morning with a visit from Stumptown’s very own David George.  This seven-year veteran with Stumptown Coffee Roasters took the five hour flight from Portland to Wahiawa to up the expertise of the already “Top 10 Coffee Shops in Hawaii” placeholder. SCB Barsita, Karen Domingo was thrilled to have the opportunity, and recognizes the benefits it will have on Surfers Coffe Bar:  ""In general, I think it was important that all of our baristas were trained together. Not only do we know we're on the same page, but we're all following the same high standards. David is a good teacher- he taught us ...

Ulu Pono Teens

Today's blog is from our amazing Ulu Pono Kids Director, Katie Connor.  This woman has an amazing (and patient!) heart for the kids on our street - and in my opinion, one of the toughest jobs at STN!  She is constantly striving to make the program the best it can be and provide the children with every opportunity possible.  However, there is one thing she cannot do - stop the kids from growing up! In today's guest blog, she explains her plans and hopes for the Ulu Pono Kids program as its members become too old to be called "kids." "Ulu Pono Teens" - to this day, the name of this 4 month old program cracks me up. But let me set the stage before I ...

Surfers Coffee Bar Needs You!

Today's blog is an update on the Surfers Coffee Bar Kickstarter campaign! They're doing great things in the Wahiawa community and campaigning to raise funds for a new espresso machine. Can you help them make it happen?       Community* (com·mu·ni·ty) /kəˈmyo͞onitē/ 2) a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals a similarity or identity joint ownership or liability The Surfers Coffee Bar in Wahiawa has seen every one of these definitions of community take form through the generous support of others. Our local and global community has shared in our goal, in our ...

The Grommom

Some blogs – admittedly – can make us feel less than thrilled with our own lives: all that we see featured is the best of the best, the good times, the perfect images, the things to be proud of. If anyone has a unique and blog-worthy life, it’s The Grommom's Monica Swanson. Living on the North Shore of Oahu, Monica blogs about her life as she raises and home schools four energetic board-riding boys. You can imagine that she has a lot to blog about on any given day, and Monica could easily make her life look perfect, but she chooses to write with a fresh transparency that lets us glance into both the beauty and the struggles of her life. The ...

The internship is on Kauai!

Thirty-two interns and six staff members are on the island of Kauai for the next 10 days! They will be bonding as a team through work projects in the community and activities like camping and hiking. The main focus is to serve the people of the island of Kauai and help meet the needs that are there. The team will also be speaking at local high schools in the area and working with STN Kauai. (Did you know there was an STN Kauai base? More info to follow!) We are stoked to send out our internship and watch them grow in leadership and selflessness as they live the lifestyle of  'Surfers Giving Back'. Follow STN on facebook and twitter at @stn1040 for ...

The Back Room

Last month, we had a new surprise addition to the STN buildings. Carson Myers, longtime friend and staff member at STN had been sneakily putting together a room where the artists of STN could create in their free time. Through Carson's vision and hard work, the back of a run-down house became 'The Back Room' and Carson held an opening party to celebrate. We love this room and are excited to see the amazing creations that come out of there. Thanks Carson! [slickr-flickr type="gallery" search="sets" set="72157631632962629" items="24" photos_per_row="8" align="center" border="off" flickr_link="on"]

Give Aloha revised!

If you are a Hawaii resident and you shop at Foodland, the Give Aloha gift matching program is an easy way to contribute to the work of Surfing the Nations. At the checkout, you may pick the Hawaii non-profit charity of your choice to make a donation of up to $249, and Foodland will match that donation.* Simple! Just let them know you are donating to Surfing the Nations, ID number 78555. For more details visit: http://www.foodland.com/our-community/give-aloha Thank you for helping us bring positive change and hope to communities here and across the globe! *PLEASE NOTE: Whoops! We weren't completely accurate in our information on the give aloha ...