Here at Surfing The Nations (STN), our mission is to impact communities through training, selfless service, and action sports. One of the ways that we do that is through our Ulu Pono program. This is a program that targets at-risk youth in Wahiawa and the surrounding areas with hopes to inspire and mentor them. We want to push them to live righteously through academics, passions, and adventure. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there obviously is a glaring health threat that needs to be taken seriously. An issue that is under the surface, but is just as serious, is the mental health ramifications that people may be experiencing. Hawaii has been very on top of regulations and precautions to stop the spread of the virus. This has left a lot of things still shut down or limited in access. In light of this, we want to be able to contribute to what these kids are needing and able to do from week to week. The importance of having fun and learning in the early developmental stages of life for the kids is a big priority for us and our program.
In Wahiawa we understand that there is a lot of brokenness in the community and there are several opportunities in plain sight for these kids to get mixed up with negative influences. We want to provide a space that helps the kids not just roam the streets and allow trouble to approach them. The reality of it is that a lot of these kids are not getting the love that they need at home. This causes them to seek that love and attention elsewhere. We are aware of all the unhealthy opportunities (drugs, gangs, alcohol, etc.) and we want to try and help prevent the kids from partaking. We want to be able to give these kids a better shot at life and we know that play, action sports, and friendships are a huge part of that.
We want to build a mini ramp on our property so that we can have a place that brings our community together. At STN, we see the value of action sports because it brings people together. More than just a way to teach these kids how to skate, we see this as an opportunity to bring them under our wing. At the end of the day, skateboarding is just an activity, but when used correctly we believe that it will have a lasting impact on these kids’ lives because of the relationship that goes alongside this activity. We also want to do everything we can to help these kids get the most out of life. With a mini ramp it gives us a consistent way to be in these kids’ lives. We see value with what we are doing here at Surfing The Nations and we want to bring as many people into it as we can.
With the construction, insurance, and finalization of the project, it will cost an excess of $6000. We are currently exploring all of our options to fundraise for this project. We are stoked to have as many people join our team to make this goal happen. Our biggest expense for this project will be insurance which will be $3000 annually. The rest of the cost will go into materials for construction. We are looking for people to come alongside us to make this happen. We are also doing everything we can by having garage sales and applying for different grants. STN’s skate program is very excited for the future impact of action sports in Wahiawa through this new project we are embarking on. Please consider joining our team!