8 results for tag: Outreach


Wahiawa Community Festival

WAHIAWA COMMUNITY FESTIVAL Wahiawa is fun - Fishbowl toss, dunking booths, tasty food and performers from all around the island. Fun activities for the young and young at heart. Sounds rad? Come and celebrate with us as we host the first Wahiawa Community Festival! Surfing The Nations is excited to host the first-ever Wahiawa Community Festival on this year's Easter weekend. The event will be held on March 31st from 11 am - 8 pm in Surfing The Nation's parking lot, so write it on your calendar and get stoked!  The purpose of this event is to bring people from central Oahu to Wahiawa to gather and have fun together. Throughout the day there will ...

Reaching A Community And Chasing Dreams

Joel Lowry is a current Surfing The Nations staff member who not only serves as a leader within the internship training program but has also taken charge of leading the community impact department. This man's heart for the community of Wahiawa and desire to build genuine relationships with every individual he encounters has already shown to have a profound impact. Last Saturday, Joel and a small group from the current internship went up to Leilehua Highschool to hang out and connect with some of the guys from the local sober living program. Many of the interns shared stories from the day and how much they enjoyed engaging with those in this community ...

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 ...

Cheers Sam!

This 25-year-old stud comes to Surfing The Nations all the way from the Land of Fin. He looks like the forever handsome Fabio when he shaves his beard. He turns everything into a challenge and usually wins. He falls asleep during 90% of the movies he watches. He is the hard-working, the adventurous, our 2017 Staff of the Year... Mr. Samuel Snellman Sam is quite the man. He exemplifies selfless service on a day to day basis and is incredibly generous, especially with his time. It is a pleasure to work alongside him and we are so thankful to have him as part of our team. These are just a few of many things his co-workers have to say about his ...

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 ...

Alumni Wave: Emily Jones

Photo: JusticeRising.com Where Are They Now? After living in South Carolina, England, Hawaii and LA - and having countless international travels in between - it is safe to say that Emily Jones (a.k.a. EmJ) could tell you a few stories from her mere 27 years. From helping to pioneer our Ulu Pono Kids program and working as STN's creative director, EmJ made a major impact during her five years on staff at STN! Unbeknownst to her at the time, each endeavor was a vital piece of the puzzle to help her reach for her ultimate goal: getting to the Congo. A goal that we at STN were excited to support her to chase! This woman filled with ...

Summer Challenge: A Photo Blog

The first semester of Summer Challenge 2015 has come to a close, but the memories collected throughout this program will last a lifetime. Picking up a suitcase, boarding a plane, and experiencing Hawaii for a month might be an intimidating thing to imagine, but Summer Challengers are what some might call 'free spirited'. Hawaii is a place of exciting unknowns; there are few things more enchanting to us than wandering through the jungle, discovering new and untouched waterfalls. Every day is a new adventure, and every sunset is worth watching. We believe coffee was designed for drinking on the beach with friends, and that each wave that rolls in is ...