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Mahalo Team Nalu 26:2!

Would you run and marathon or half marathon for something you believed in? A group of high schoolers and one adult from High Desert, California literally went ‘the extra mile’ (or 12 or 26 !) and ran either a half or full marathon to raise awareness and funds for STN. We are impressed, inspired, and humbled to have such amazing people investing their time and talent to supporting the cause of STN. Continue Reading

Weekend Jam from Strange Talk

When the weather starts to get a little cooler, even if it isn’t exactly ‘cold’ on Oahu, it always seems to remind me of  being a kid during the school year. Specifically, rushing to get as much work done as possible, so I could squeeze out as much sunlight as I could before the shorter days of Autumn started to close in.

This Friday’s Weekend Jam is a song called ‘Castaway’ from the Australian band ‘Strange Talk’  The song is fun and upbeat and the video brings on major childhood nostalgia. Doesn’t  it remind you of being a curious kid exploring your neighborhood with your friends?

 

Happy Aloha Friday!

photo credit amoeba.com

 

The Back Room

Last month, we had a new surprise addition to the STN buildings.

Carson Myers, longtime friend and staff member at STN had been sneakily putting together a room where the artists of STN could create in their free time. Through Carson’s vision and hard work, the back of a run-down house became ‘The Back Room’ and Carson held an opening party to celebrate.

We love this room and are excited to see the amazing creations that come out of there. Thanks Carson!

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Jordan Freerunning Adventure

Freerunner Ryan Doyle traveled to the Middle East to explore the beauties of Jordan. While there, Ryan was moved by the rich culture and history. Hear what he has to say, and see what he can do in the middle of the desert, on top of ancient monuments and in the caverns of Petra. Continue Reading

STN Sweden and Ireland Trip

On July 16th -August 18, founder of Surfing the Nations Cindy Bauer and two STN staff members, Renee Arnold and Julie Nelson, took off on a trip to Sweden and Ireland. STN Sweden is in its early days of forming and developing so Cindy, Renee and Julie went over to meet with the Swedish staff, help cast the vision and equip the leaders. Renee and Julie jetted off to Ireland for a week to get to know the people there and scout out a place where STN Sweden could send teams to for humanitarian and surf outreaches. Here is an excerpt from Julie that she wrote as the trip was coming to an end: Continue Reading

Weekend Jam from The Cinematic Orchestra

It’s been raining a lot these past few days, so to match the mellow mood for this week’s Weekend Jam we bring you a beautiful song from The Cinematic Orchestra. This is an older one but so beautiful. The instruments give it a gorgeous and haunting sound to accompany amazing vocals. This song is called ‘To Build a Home”. Most STN staff and volunteers are pretty far from their childhood homes but have come to find an Ohana and home here in Hawaii. What corner of the world have you ended up finding a home in?

Help Josh Build A Studio

I hope that you enjoyed Josh Garrel’s free album last Friday. If you have not, his newest album Love & War: B-sides and Remixes is available online and you can read up on it in our recent post.

Amazingly enough, Josh Garrels has written, recorded and produced all of his albums, including Love & War & The Sea In Between, from home, outside of the “ideal” studio-space. And with the next full-length album on the horizon, Garrels has chosen the route of building an adequate studio – a space that would cater to his recording needs and be used to create limitless albums for many other musicians. Continue Reading

Blood Brother

Tomorrow is the much anticipated release of the documentary ‘Blood Brother.’ It tells the story of 30 year old Rocky Braat and his choice to spend his life with children in an AIDS orphanage in India.

The trailer for ‘Blood Brother’ is only two minutes and nineteen seconds of your life. Yet the story it opens your eyes to has been woven over years. It has broken through from pain, tears, joy, rejection, choices, freedom, hope, family and love. I haven’t even seen the documentary yet, but the trailer itself was enough to cause me to examine my life and desire to give the most I possibly can for others. Continue Reading

Interactive Installations

I always wish I could be one of the lucky unsuspecting people that happens upon these fun interactive installations. They seem to be popping up everywhere! Have you ever been the one to that gets to try something like this out? Continue Reading

Josh Garrels, Year of Jubilee

Josh Garrels does it again. If you have not already checked it out, Love & War: B-Sides & Remixes is available for free download.

This second free download album was sparked as a celebration of what was deemed a Year of Jubilee.

In ancient times, the Year of Jubilee would fall at the end of seven cycles (the 49th year), and on this year debts were forgiven, slaves were set free, property was restored to its original owner, and the land was given rest as it was a year for the people to rest from their labors as well. And in 2011, Garrels did just that. His recently released album “Love & War & The Sea In Between” was made available as a free download and all proceeds from album sales were donated to non-profits, musicians, missions and ministries. Continue Reading