21 results for tag: Surfing The Nations


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Igniting The Stoke For Surfing

A swell of excitement began to build as our crew vigorously prepared for the Fall 2017 Freedom Surf Camp. This camp is one of the many highlights from this year and we are incredibly thankful to have been given the opportunity to celebrate all the keikis and ignite their stoke for surfing. Their enthusiasm was extremely contagious and filled the atmosphere with a sense of great thrill.   There was never a dull moment between several creative activities, team bonding exercises, and catching countless waves. Every keiki truly learned what it means to be a “Surfer Giving Back” and left each day not only making lifelong memories but with new ...

The Heart Behind Giving Back

“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”  CHEE! Christmas is officially around the corner and you all know what that means.  Joy.  Laughter flooding the atmosphere and warm snuggles.  Plentiful amounts of eggnog, the sweet smell of peppermint and colourful stockings hung above blazing fires. You know what the real magic is behind Christmas though? Giving. It’s watching someone's face light up when they receive the perfect gift.  That is the joy behind Christmas.  It’s not about a store bought gift or how many “likes” you got on your christmas selfie.  Don’t get me wrong - those things ...

24 Days Of Giving Back

What a year! We have been amazed by the amount of generosity we have seen from all of our volunteers and supporters. In celebration, we have decided to celebrate with our “24 Days of Giving” campaign. Here at Surfing The Nations, we strongly believe that the Christmas season isn’t about receiving, but giving. Every day now through the 24th of December, check our instagram (@surfingthenations) for either a story of generosity from 2016 or a GIVEAWAY item you can win as our way of saying, “Mahalo!” From handing out over a MILLION tons of food and providing after school tutoring for local youth, to training 67 interns from around the world ...