13 results for author: Dakotah Gostynski


A Cup of Thanks

In the season of Thanksgiving, it is easy to be captured by the hustle and bustle of getting ready for one family dinner. From finding the perfect Turkey, to racing to get the house cleaned for the relatives, one can easily forget that this is the one time a year set aside to give thanks. Coffee shops are always flooded with busy shoppers and travelers, and what a better place to get people to stop and think? This November, the Surfers Coffee Bar began running the “#30daysofthanks” social media campaign. Pieces of paper with the question “ What are you thankful for?” written on them were distributed Thursday, October 30th. Immediately, ...

The Outreach Training Center Is Being Built!

Earlier this year, we saw the timber fall in phase one of our project to build the Community Outreach and Training Center (COTC). Now we are seeing dreams of having a designated space for our Ulu Pono Kids program come to fruition as the project starts moving forward! One person in particular who is excited about this is Brittany Southwick, the Ulu Pono Kids program Director. She says, “It’s going to be a game changer for the kids in the Ulu Pono program. To have have a place that they can be creative and thrive. I can’t wait to see the growth in this program that can come from finally having a consistent facility.” We are now in phase two! ...

An Unexpected Adventure In China

Meet Mitchell Guapo. A fresh-faced, 18 year old native of the High Desert of California. After graduating high school, Mitchell came to Oahu and interned with Surfing The Nations. Seeing that Surfing The Nations was a great place from which to impact the world around him, he joined STN’s full time staff as the coordinator of Ulu Pono Teens program for at-risk youth. A life in Hawaii was already far beyond his wildest dreams, but little did he know the ride was about to get that much crazier! A few months ago, the founders of Zhou Enlai Peace Institute from China came by to check out STN’s vintage shop, The Vintage. After receiving a tour of STN, ...