On the nights of November Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd, we hosted our 2nd Annual Surf Art and the Surfer Art Show. The event was lead and coordinated by our Surfers Leadership School students as a part of their class project. Between both nights, over 350 people attended to see live art and the work of artists such as Paul Forney, Mark Brown, Leanna Duncan-Wolf, and many more. It was quite an extravaganza bringing the art community to Wahiawa. On Friday night, live music was provided by the Ron Artis II band, while Streetlight Cadence performed Saturday evening. Various vendors and foodtrucks participated in the event as well. Awareness was not only brought towards Surfing the Nations, but also Wahiawa and surfers in Bangladesh.
One of the significant moments of Saturday night was the presentation of a check for $60,000 for the building of the Community Outreach Training Center, given by First Hawaiian Bank.
President of First Hawaiian Bank, Sharon Shiroma Brown, who has been an advocate of STN from the beginning stages, presented the check.
”When I first got the offer on my desk from Surfing The Nations, I said to my friend ‘Take me there!’ I wanted to meet Cindy Bauer. I wanted to see what was happening in Wahiawa. It just surprised me, in terms of what was happening here (before), and I’m so glad I came out. I met Cindy and I saw her vision and how passionate she was; how committed she was to make this all happen and we (First Hawaiian Bank) are so proud to help in this transformation.
Check out photos from the event on our flickr page!
May 27, 2014 marked a special day for Wahiawa! The former brothel behind the Texas Strip Club – an eyesore and the last remnant of the seedy sex industry in the neighborhood – was torn down for good! In the months following that demolition, we’ve started laying the foundations for what will soon be the Community Outreach and Training Center (COTC).
A building that was a place of torment, fear, and hopelessness, will become a new building of safety, hope, learning, and restoration. The COTC will house a cutting-edge music studio, dance studio, art workshop, classroom, and a food pantry. All of this will make it possible for Surfing The Nations to better pour into and equip the at-risk youth of Oahu and serve low-income families who often go without proper nutrition just to make ends meet. Within the walls of this building, the youth of Wahiawa and neighboring communities will receive the rare opportunity to experience free homework help, art lessons by skilled artists from around the island, dance classes that connect them to Polynesian culture and character development from consistent, loving staff members in a consistent environment!
We hope for your partnership to continue the radical transformation in Wahiawa! In this Season of giving we are aiming to end 2014 with a Giving Campaign that meets the goal to raise $32,000*. Help us show the children of Oahu that they are valued!
Cinder Blocks // need 2,214 @ $2 each
#Givingidea – Buy 100 blocks for $200!
Metal studs // need 3,200 @ $5 each
Exterior Siding // need 62 @ $20 each
#Givingidea – Side the whole COTC for $1240!
Paint // need 72 gal @ $25 each
#Givingidea – Paint the kids’ art room for $100!
Doors // need 35 @ $100 each
#Givingidea – Secure our ground floor for $1900!
Cement Mortar // need 22 yd @ $200 each
#Givingidea – Throw a ‘giving back’ fundraising party
Windows // need 12 @ $250 each
#Givingidea – Equip the top floor for $750!
Steel Frames// need 140 @ $500 each
Roof Trusses // need 47 @ $640 each
Sprinkler System // need one at $69,000
#Givingidea – Go above & beyond our giving goal!
*Surfing The Nations is a non- profit 501 (c) 3 tax deductible organization recognized by the US Government.
This year, Surfing The Nations is once again preparing to host a fall Thanksgiving event for the community of Wahiawa. This year’s event is luau themed! We are planning to bring the traditions of both the classic American Thanksgiving with that of the local Hawaiian community. Our motto here at STN is “Surfers Giving Back” and what a better time than Thanksgiving to show our amazing community just how much we love and appreciate them.
Our heart for this event is to provide a safe and loving environment where residents of our local community who might not have a place to spend Thanksgiving, can come together to share in a meal, fellowship with each other, and to enjoy the night’s festivities.
This is a completely free event being held on the STN grounds at 64 Ohai Street. Activities for the kids will include pie-eating, limbo, hula hoop contests, coconut bowling, and a photobooth. We’ll also have a “Thankful Tree” set up for people to write down things they’re thankful for on paper leaves and place on the tree.
In addition to the games, our very own Ulu Pono Kids program will be performing a traditional hula dance and live music for the night will be provided by local talent, Jeh. The night’s festivities will conclude with hula and fire dancing performed by Kalena’s Polynesian Ohana.
The dinner menu will boast delicious foods such as seasoned turkey and pineapple ham cooked in the ground traditional imu style, garlic mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, bread rolls, pumpkin pie and this year we will be barbecuing fresh caught ahi provided for us by Deep Blue Spearfishing Center.
All are invited to this Thanksgiving event taking place on Wednesday, November 26th from 4:30pm-7:30pm .
The Island of Oahu has some of the best waves in the world, creating a place where surfers of all kinds can thrive. Right in the middle of the island on the way to the legendary North Shore, lies the town of Wahiawa, a place many surfers drive by every day. We at STN love both surfing and Wahiawa and are constantly asking ourselves how to best incorporate the two while contributing to this town!
So, on November 21st and 22nd, 6-10 pm we want to put Wahiawa on the map and make this a culturally vivid place. Taking our passion for surfing, art, and Wahiawa, we are putting on our 2nd annual art festival, with the theme ‘’Surf Art & the Surfer”. We want to celebrate this sport and the people around it!
We are featuring some of the island’s top artists like Susanne Ball, Mark Brown, Peter Sterling, Ben Trail and many more! We are stoked to have secured an amazing live-music lineup including: The Ron Artis Family Band (Friday, 11/21/14 @ 9-10pm) and Streetlight Cadence (Saturday, 11/22/14, 6:30-7:30pm)! Our coffee bar – Surfer’s Coffee Bar- will be open for you to enjoy some delicious drinks and will also include exhibits and collections from surf icons like Mark Cunningham and Al Frenzel.
Something new we are excited to feature this year is a live art showcase each night. The live art will be done on surfboard blanks donated by John Carper, Eric Arakawa, and Ron Maize and will be custom-painted by local surfboard artists! The special edition boards will then be put up for online auction and all the proceeds will go to buying surfboards for kids in Bangladesh!
All of STN’s property, parking lots, and Kamehameha storefronts will be full of surf art, photography, food, live music, vendors and live art. Come join the festivities and help us make Wahiawa come alive!
The Philippines team arrives back in the Hawaii tomorrow!
We have been drooling over their insta feeds…believe it or not, there is a natural beauty that even surpasses Hawaii, and it’s all over the remote Philippine islands!
We’ll give you a full update on what the team got up to when they return, but for now, here’s some travel eye candy to add to your Halloween bucket.
Unleash the wanderlust and sign up for next year’s trip now!
Photos by Mitchell Guapo, Kate Amm, Allie Wiebe, Mirjam Torstenston, Adriana Weber.
1) The boardwalk to Cloud 9. 2) Taking advantage of secret surf spots! 3) Cuteness overload 4) Getting ready to go help out at a food distribution 5) Speaking of food…a lechon on Dako Island 6) The men take the weight and lug donations from village to village…in some inventive ways! 7) The adventure and beauty of the Philippines is endless 8) Kids line up to receive a snack 9) Sunset watching on Jing and Jasmin’s boat.
STN founder Tom Bauer and our stellar staff member Ryley Snyder are in California and they want to see YOU!
Here’s how you can make that happen:
- November 1st- STN Reunion Day at Huntington Beach Pier, Southside Pier from 10-1 ! Everyone is welcome. Come bring what you would like to eat and we will have a simple BBQ. It’s a time to catch up, talk story and surf! Lunch will be at 12, but feel free to come any time between 10 and 1!
- November 7th- There will be surf sesh/gathering for people that are interested in coming out to STN at T Street, San Clemente from 9-11 AM.
Tom and Ryley will also be hitting up the High Desert on the 4th, Westmost College on the 5th, and San Diego on the 6/7th!