43 results for tag: Hawaii


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 ...

Take More Risks!

During this year's kickoff conference our staff had the honor of being hosted by Colonel Ryan and participated in leadership training, military style. The morning began with a decently extensive workout and by the end, most of us had received a reality check about the importance of exercise and maintaining one's physical health. It was a great reminder of what it means to strive for excellence even in the things that are seemingly mundane. Colonel Ryan also spoke about the importance of being a leader who embodies characteristics such as loyalty, integrity, honesty, accountability along with many others that one should possess. A powerful idea that ...

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 ...

A Letter To The Potential Intern

We ring in the new year with great excitement for all the adventures ahead of us. In just a few weeks we will be welcoming a rad new group for Spring Internship 2018! We are honored to share an excerpt from one of our former interns, Hope Litaker.   As we go through life, we often don’t realize in the moment the events that will shape us as individuals. Many times those precious, defining moments are swept over only to be appreciated in the future, once we have seen the harvest of what was planted earlier in our lives. Participating in the internship program at Surfing the Nations, however, was not a defining moment to be swept over, and ...

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 or real tree? Spencer Kaneda, Canada: “Real, we chop our own.” Aino ...

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 ...

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 staff members. Little did they know, each of them would also receive a brand new ...

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 ...

Internship Reflections

A quiet calm has settled over the STN base as our last intern has officially left the building. Its a time for reflection and thoughtfulness. A time to rest and gather our resources as staff. But for many interns who've just departed, it's also a time to put into practice all that they have learned. And these three months have been nothing if not a non-stop, adventurous, challenging classroom of lessons in life. How will they choose to live out the things they've learned? It's something we all look forward to with bated breath. And while they figure that out, its also great to hear some of the moments of impact that have challenged them. Today we ...