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 take the kids to the beach. They were stoked out of their minds. When we got to the shore, the kids immersed themselves in the water, shouting with joy and literally going around hugging one another. As I laughed at their joy I turned to one of the leaders and said, “It is like they have never seen water before!” to which she respond, “Many of them haven’t”. We live fifteen minutes away from the beach. Fifteen minutes. These kids live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and they don’t have the funds or the resources to let them experience it. Their parents either cannot afford a car or don’t take the time to take them. The kids told me the only times they have gone to the beach is when we have taken them. People spend thousands of dollars to come to this island to experience the wonders it holds. We need to take our eyes off the dirt and the water and look at the souls that live here. I am so humbled to be able to be here for three months and to give back in the simplest of ways to make a grand difference in the lives of those around me.