Hawaii


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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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In Between Sets – Summer Recap

  Before the (only slightly) cooler days of Fall come upon us here in the islands, we are catching our breath from a whirlwind Summer Semester. It’s had its fair share of highs, very few lows, and has altogether been marked with that special sense that something great is happening in people’s lives.   International Trips We sent around 70 people to Indonesia to celebrate STN’s 20th Annual Trip - can you believe it? Tom Bauer has been on all 20 trips and has literally seen babies grow up into adults. That’s a full generation of locals and ...

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Overcoming Fears in the Blue

Today's post comes from Surfers Leadership School Director and waterman, Robert McDaniel. Robert has been on staff with Surfing The Nations since 2007 (ten years!) and traveled on every single international trip STN offers! He's been part of every local outreach and pretty much every department at STN, and has been training new generations of our staff members for a few years. Here he writes about some of his experiences at sea and just how profound an impact the SALT trip has on young lives. My dad, a US naval veteran, once told me: “Under the right conditions, even ...

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The Freedom Surf Camp is Back!

Get stoked mamas and keiki! The preparations for Spring 2017's Freedom Surf Camp have officially begun! This is a very special year for Surfing The Nations as we celebrate our 20th anniversary as an organization, and so we are making this year's camp better than ever. We will be teaching your kids the important motto of “Surfers Giving Back” by learning the importance of enjoying the beach and the ocean in a safe and respectful manner, being an encouraging and loving peer to fellow surfers, and lastly, having fun while learning the sport of surfing. Our volunteers ...

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Celebrating 2016

2016 was an incredible year - Thank you to everyone who has helped make 2016 real, radical, and revolutionary!  Here's a look at the many different ways you helped make a difference through Surfing The Nations this year!

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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 ...

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Freedom Surf Camp 2016!

Today's blog comes to you from our Surf Division Director, Lara Hamilton! Read more on why she loves sharing her stoke for the sport of surfing at our annual Freedom Surf Camp. I remember driving past Waimea Bay the first time I volunteered with Surfing The Nations, back in May 2014. I was reflecting on how the ocean and surfing had impacted my life, helped me to deal with my feelings and struggles, and how much confidence and freedom I received from being in the water. I remember dreaming of how cool it would be to have a Surf Camp for the youth of Oahu, ...

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