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Any new finds on Amazon? Getting your Christmas shopping started early?

Now, one of the easiest ways for you to shop, has also become an easy way to give with AmazonSmile! You can choose to donate to Surfing the Nations at no added cost to your transaction. 0.5% of the price of eligible products will be donated directly to us when you’re ready to check out.

Here’s how it works:

  • Go to smile.amazon.com,
  • Sign in with your Amazon account
  • Select “Surfing the Nations” as your charitable organization.

Eligible products that you are purchasing will be marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation.” It’s a simple way to give back while promoting guilt free shopping!

Mahalo for your future investment in Surfing the Nations!

 

*”Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.”

Sailing Adventure Leadership Training

Aiming to take our commitment of character and leadership building to the next level, Surfing The Nations is excited to add a new leadership training program to its roster: S.A.L.T. – Sailing Adventure Leadership Training!

This program gives senior STN staff and volunteers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to set sail around various Hawaiian Islands on a 96-foot sailboat, SSV Makani Olu, for one week. STN will partner up with The Marimed Foundation for this incredible excursion. Marimed was established in 1984 and delivers ocean and land-based learning experiences that empower youth, adults and families and strengthen communities (http://marimed.org/ ). Not only will the adventure develop skills in teamwork, decision making and adaptability, but STN staff will fully crew the ship: flexing their leadership skills by managing and operating the vessel over a continuous period, day and night, in some of the most intense ocean settings.

The trip will be an experience in what it means to be a true waterman. It will draw on each staff member’s endurance – mental and physical – and teamwork skills to achieve the team’s goals in the face of difficult challenges, unfamiliar obstacles and some of the harshest natural elements. Water-based activities the crew will also be participating in include snorkeling, free diving, spearfishing and fishing, while enjoying remote hikes during their anchorages.

 

/// Partner with Us

Help by donating to send this team on a life changing training experience. Your investment in a volunteer crew member will equip them to be world-changing men and women of character, ready to face the challenges that come with leadership, teamwork and the great outdoors.

 

Cost:

  • $1,100 per person

    • Includes all meals

    • Transport to and from ship

    • Team activities (fishing, sailing, safety, education, etc)

    • Safe Arrival Dinner

    • CPR First Aid Certifications

 

Donate Online:

 

/// Excursion Dates

Trip is weather dependent & based on Captain approval.Tentative dates range between

  • November  13th – November 19th, 2014

 

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twitter: stn1040

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PC: Dai Mar Takmarack

 

I N D O N E S I A

The 17th Annual Indonesia trip has come to a close. I had the amazing opportunity to lead this adventure trip full of amazing people. Our diverse team of 21 included surfers, photographers, musicians, college students, and a family of four!

We started in Kuta, Bali and over the course of three and a half weeks, went to Bingin, Uluwatu, and Desert Point on Lombok. After that, we jumped on a boat for 7 days to Gili, Sumbawa and Nusa Lembongan. The Indo trip being a surf tour, the team got great surf at world class breaks: Impossibles, Scar Reef, Desert Point, and Shipwrecks, just to name a few. At one point, we sailed through such rough waters that our boat nearly capsized, beating any roller coaster ride money could buy, and causing us all to laugh uncontrollably as we slipped across the boat.

When trying to describe the overall experience of Indonesia, I find myself coming back to the same word:

WILD.

The surf was both perfect and threatening, the culture was colorful and bold, and the wildlife is up close and personal, a lesson quickly learned from repeat monkey invasions! The nature around us was captivating: the cliffs of Uluwatu, the views of Bingin Beach, the long jaw-dropping barrels at Desert Point, and the breathtaking views of  rugged Sumbawa.

On top of getting amazing surf and a ton of laughs, we were consistently reaching out to the communities around us. One of the most amazing experiences was when we were in Desert Point on Lombok.We met a man who had his house halfway built and needed the funds and work to finish it. We had a contractor and a carpenter on the team with us, so they went to his house to check it out.After assessing the need and figuring out what we could do, the team pooled together and provided enough funds for him to get 20 days worth of labor and all the supplies he needed to have his house completed. This man was just one of the people we were able to help on the trip. We passed out clothing and school supplies everywhere we went, helped meet practical needs whenever we could, hung out with the locals, and made lifelong friends.

We also had Cameron Taylor with us, a Hawaii bodyboarder sponsored by Empire bodyboards.Empire generously stocked Cameron up with some brand new bodyboards to give to the kids in one of the most remote locations, Desert Point village on the island of Lombok. When you saw the kids get the chance to play on a board in the waters that they live right in front of their entire lives, you know it’s a gift that will keep on giving.People ask me if Indonesia was good, and I tell them Indonesia was everything: It was good, it was fun, it was hard, it was tiring, it was crazy, it was totally different from anything I’ve done, it was adventure at its essence, and it was worth every second!

For more info on the Indo trip, or to apply for next year, visit www.surfingthenations.com or email go@surfingthenations.com

To see photos from our trips on instagram search #stngo

Check out some photos below from our amazing photographer Kara Donovan! For more, check out our flickr account!

 

Hurricane Playlist: Pepa Knight

I sat in the Surfers Coffee Bar on an ordinary work day, trying to think of a band to write about for a weekend music feature.My friend, Tyler, was visiting from California and plopped down next to me as I stared blankly at my screen, weary from browsing. Seeing the chance to get some fresh ideas, I asked him to tell me a good band that I may have not heard of before. He grabbed his phone, scrolled through some music and threw out a name that was to become my new favorite band: ‘Jinja Safari’.

Fast forward to a few years later: Still growing in popularity and stretching beyond the borders of their native Australia, Jinja not only thrives as a group, but is made up of insanely talented solo musicians. Cofrontman of the band, Pepa Knight is one of those who has branched out to produce a solo project, and the first samples are TASTY.

Today, we introduce you to perhaps his most popular single, ‘Rahh!’

Pepa creates a surprising sound, picking colorful, lesser-used instruments like the sitar and the flute to accompany soothing, yet energy-filled vocals.
‘Rahh!’s use of drums- a very significant and spiritual instrument in many cultures- sets it all to life; carrying the song and waking you up with the rhythm of adventure. Jinja Safari was inspired by the sounds of the world, with frontman Marcus Azon crafting the feel and even the name of the band after his experiences in Jinja, Uganda. Pepa recently took a trip himself across India and that has heavily inspired what he’s written.

The fact that the creator of the music is a globe-trotter himself may explain the vagabond feeling that you get when you hear ”Rahh!’
It’s a song that seems made to accompany an epic sun rise; a reminder of the fresh and the new. It was made for one of those car rides where your arm stretches out of your window, and your fingertips float with the curves of the wind. It’s an ‘I’m awake to the world and going somewhere!’ song.

Inspiring, fun, refreshing.
It’s everything you want your weekend, or your life for that matter, to be.

Enjoy the sounds of Pepa Knight and follow him here as you wait for the release of the full album ‘Hypnotized’ in April 2015!

 

BLSD Project Hawaii Is Blessing The Kids Of Wahiawa


STN is excited to announce that the Ulu Pono kids program has been chosen as the first ‘ one for one’  project by local apparel company Blessed Project Hawaii (BLSD).

Read about their mission from their website below:
“”Our mission is to spread blessings to people in need, particularly children.  For every shirt we sell, we will give one to a person in need.  We have all been blessed with so many things in this world.  Sometimes we get too caught up in what we want for ourselves.  We should stop for a moment and realize that the things we take for granted everyday, someone else is praying for. We have all been blessed so that we can Bless others.
 
The Blessed Project Hawaii is a for-profit organization.  We understand that we cannot create a movement alone.  If we can get people to buy a shirt, we are able to get them to buy into giving.  The more people we can get to give (in any way), the more we can start to see a change in the world.   We will be starting all projects in Hawaii and plan to target one district at a time.  If we could get the support from each district, while on the project, we can start to see more smiles and perhaps some improvements.
 

Although a free T-Shirt for someone in need may seem like a small act, we believe that it can lead to greater and bigger acts of kindness ,progression, and togetherness. We would also like to raise an awareness of selflessness and the spirit of giving. For who ever wears “BLSD” apparel, we want them not to just look good but to feel good as well.”
 

For every shirt that BLSD sells, they will give one to a child in the  Ulu Pono Kids program. It is a very special and often rare thing for the kids to be able to get brand new clothing items. It will be an amazing way to invest in a child and show them they are worth it!
 

Their goal is to donate 100 shirts-. The prices range from 20 to 30 dollars per shirt, and there is also bags, hats, and stickers- all supporting the Blessed Hawaii Project.
Check it out! (the tote and stickers are some of our personal favorites)!
Contact and follow BLSD online:
Instagram- @blsdproject

Ohai Family Festival

Today’s blog comes from Katie Connor,  the director of STN’s Ulu Pono program. To see more photos and read more about her life working with the kids of Wahiawa, visit her blog.

 

Do you remember your first piano recital or football game? The weeks of practice and the butterflies in your stomach? Do you remember looking up into the bleachers or squinting from the bright stage into the dark crowd? And there they were: the people who had pushed (maybe slightly forced) you to be there. They looked at you with love and pride, trying to mask their own anxiety for you. They belonged to you; they were your parents.

I remember many moments like this growing up and I long for those moments now when I’m living thousands of miles away. But the kids I work with don’t ever get moments like that. Maybe mom and dad are too busy, or gone completely, or just uninterested. Many of the kids have never been to a soccer practice or a ballet class. The street is where they spend their afternoons. The street and the Ulu Pono Kids Program. They may never hear their parents tell them how proud they were or that it was okay that they dropped the final pass. Often times it just isn’t a part of their culture. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t tell them we are proud of them! So this weekend, that is exactly what we did!

The Ohai Family Festival was a dream that we had cultivated for over a year before it came to pass. Many hours of dreaming, hoping, wishing and planning came to life in a beautiful afternoon. For four hours last Saturda,y everything was about the kids. The games, the prizes, the music, the shave ice. All because we were proud of them and we loved them.

Half way through the afternoon, we awarded each child from the program a “Character Award” they were called up on stage in front of everyone and amazingly there were even some parents in the crowd. They got a hug, a certificate, encouragement and an affirmation by different staff members. Most of them got really shy about it, red cheeked and squirming they got on stage and while they acted like they wanted to run off the stage, I know them better than that. They love, love. Don’t we all?

It’s hard to gauge success when working with kids. How do you measure “getting into less trouble” or “headed on a better path”?   Three days after the festival, I went to pick up a 5 year old boy from his home. I know his parents well and his mom had come to the festival. I walked through the living room that consists of several mattresses and barely enough room to walk and picked up his baby sister out of the crib. That’s when I spotted it. His purple certificate pinned amongst the mess up on the wall. My heart swelled with pride and I choked up as the reality that his parents had taken the time to make sure his award was hung really sunk in. That is the kind of “success” I want to see. The kind that transforms an entire family from the inside out.  -KC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stumptown Brings SCB To The Next Level

The Surfers Coffee Bar got an extra jolt last Friday morning with a visit from Stumptown’s very own David George.  This seven-year veteran with Stumptown Coffee Roasters took the five hour flight from Portland to Wahiawa to up the expertise of the already “Top 10 Coffee Shops in Hawaii” placeholder.

SCB Barsita, Karen Domingo was thrilled to have the opportunity, and recognizes the benefits it will have on Surfers Coffe Bar:  ”"In general, I think it was important that all of our baristas were trained together. Not only do we know we’re on the same page, but we’re all following the same high standards. David is a good teacher- he taught us important barista basics- from from pulling a great shot if espresso, to steaming milk, making latte art, brewing a simple pourover, and properly caring for our machines. He even explained more about Stumptown as a company. Since we are a non-profit, it was key for us to know the good work behind Stumptown’s good coffee. They know their farmers and give them fair wages directly, which in turn has given the farmer’s communities a better quality of life (education, medical support, proper housing). When we use our motto “more than a cup of coffee” we know that we’re not just helping our home community, but we’re supporting other communities worldwide.

We invite you to come in and take a seat as we warm up your mornings with a perfectly poured Americano.  The Surfer’s Coffee Bar is stoked to serve StumpTown Coffee Roasters with excellence by our trained full time volunteer staff. Whether or not you’re the coffee connoisseur that can identify the origin, aroma and taste of the pulled shot of coffee in your cup; or you’re the simple kind that just needs a cup of joe and a bagel to go, The Surfers Coffee Bar is ready to serve you!   Mahalo to Stumptown Coffee Roasters for helping us bring Wahiawa a better cup of coffee!

 

   

Aloha, Clark

Iconic Hawaiian artist Clark Takashima tragically passed away last weekend and here at STN we are saddened by the loss of this friend and supporter. Clark was not only a famous surf artist on the island, but had a heart to give back through his passion. He was a returning headline artist in several of our art shows and generously donated a portion of the sales made to our kids’ program, Ulu Pono.

Mahalo for your contribution to art on the island and being part of inspiring the kids in this at-risk neighborhood to pursue art.

 

Clark working on a collaborative art piece at the Ulu Pono art show in 2012.

Thank You From The Heart

Sometimes when you get into the day-to-day work at a non-profit, it’s hard to see how far you have come – that is until an anonymous someone shows you from a bigger perspective.

We are so grateful for the people that believe in transformation and hope, and  our efforts would be fruitless without them. Below are the contents of a special note we received recently from such a person:

“Mahalo nui loa – Thank you from the heart!”

“Dear Mr. Bauer,

I would like to personally thank you and your Surfing The Nations organization for all of your efforts in transforming Wahiawa.

So much positive changes are occurring right in front of our eyes because of your determined efforts! We are all beginning to set claims and pride on our residency in what is becoming the beautiful Wahiawa we always hope for, despite numerous negative issues.  Your efforts are too often overlooked by us. Many decent businesses are now willing to “chance” Wahiawa while earlier we were overlooked as a possible risk.

Thanks a million.

 

P.S. Recognized your “surfers” scrubbing down the bus stop. Thanks, again!

 

- A Most Appreciative Resident”

 
 
 

The Vintage Goes Mobile!

The boutique that is drawing people from all over the island is coming is to you!
 
 
The Vintage Humanitarian Boutique is going bringing their treasures to two events packed into one weekend.
 
 
The first event is The Hawaii Collector’s Expo at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, February 21-23.
You can find The Vintage there Friday 4-9 PM, Saturday 9-6 PM, and Sunday 10-4 PM.
Admission is $5 per day (free for military with ID).
 
 
For fans of the Honolulu Night Market in Kaka’ako, The Vintage
will be vending at the ‘Pack It Up’ resale event at the Pinch Of Salt warehouse,
Saturday, February 22nd, 10 AM- 2 PM.
Get ready to take home heels from the 1940s, Aloha shirts, handbags, items for the home,
first edition classic books by Alexandre Dumas, and more!
 
 
For more on The Vintage, check out their Facebook page.
 
 

See you there!