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 ...
Today's post comes from the Ulu Pono Division Head, Teka Gabaldon! She has been a long time faithful member of our Outreach Department. Read on to hear Teka's observations about our weekly food distribution in Kalihi.
As I’ve been helping with Feeding The Hungry (FTH) over the past three years, I’ve observed and gotten to know (some of) the hundreds of aunties and uncles that attend each week. I watch them as they get off the bus, run to the corner and line up waiting to be checked in week after week. The sight is similar each time: the ...
The STN universe cycles through three semesters a year and in between those sets (see what we did there? ;) ) we have what we call “down” months. Our interns have graduated and flown the nest, the SLS students have moved on to full-time staff positions and many of the staff are on outreach in Bangladesh.
So what happens around the Hawaii base during that time? Here’s a little peek into April for ya.
That’s us! We’re down from the 80+ crew to about 20 staff and service team handling the workload of STN - gettin' it done! Feeding The ...
One of the main highlights of our Internship program is the Inter-Island outreach to one of the neighboring Hawaiian islands. This semester, our interns headed off to Maui and had the time of their lives. Sit back and relax as Noel, one of our current interns, shares her experience of this trip.
Inter-island was an experience that our entire internship had been anxiously awaiting. We were split into two separate groups, which allowed us to grow with each other on a deeper level. There was the possibility that each team would venture to different islands. ...
“When you are waiting for a wave your mind can think a thousand different things. when you paddle for a wave your mind thinks of only a few things. when you catch a wave your mind thinks of only one thing, that one thing is joy. This is why I surf.” - Tony Collins, Sports Author
I’m often asked why I do what I do. Why do I spend so much time and energy promoting this idea of “surfers giving back”? Why chose to work for a non-profit in this season of my life instead of pursuing a career and wealth? We at STN each have our reasons, but for me, the latest ...
Surfing The Nations bids farewell to a gem this month! We are so sad to say “see you later” to our beloved graphic designer and Marketing Director, Kirstin “Ando” Anderson - easily the best-dressed individual on STN’s campus at any given moment. :)
Since her internship in Summer 2012, Kirstin has gone from a Floridian Sorority Sister to a Hawaiian Free-Spirit. While Kirstin was working on “rebranding” herself, she was a major player in helping STN discover its own branding niche. Nearly everything you’ve seen regarding STN - from flyers, t-shirts, to ...
Coffee Date with STN
Ever wanted to just sit down with STN and catch up on life? We’re instituting rainy day coffee dates (it’s raining somewhere, right?) around this blog - and we’re calling it In Between Sets. So grab a cup of your fav (I’ll get a chai latte, extra hot please) and let’s see what’s happening this month!
INTERNS are OUT!
Can’t believe it’s already that time of the semester - interns leave on their outreach to another island. This semester they split into teams and hit up the extra special island of...drumroll...Maui! ...
This year will be our 20th year going back to Indonesia. Here is a tiny snippet into the hearts of some of our team members that have gone previously..
Tom Bauer: Founder and President of Surfing The Nations and has been to Indonesia 19 times with STN!
What inspired you to made a 20-year commitment to go back to Indonesia annually?
My opinion has always been that if you could go to only one place in your lifetime, Indonesia should be that place! It is the second largest surf destination in the world. It has incredible culture, food, shopping, ...
Since 2017 is Surfing The Nations’ 20-year anniversary, our theme for the year is “Celebrate” and we want to shine the light on some of our newest staff additions, Samuel, Daniel, Kevin, and Chase. We were so stoked on their decision to serve for the next 12 months, after graduation, that we thought we’d pick their brains - why are you here, what’s changed for you and what advice do you have for others. Read on to see what they had to say.
Chase Lorenz (20), DeLand, Florida: Why did you come, and why did you stay?
I actually found out about STN ...
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