Happy New Year! We are happily off and running into 2020. Before the year gets too far ahead of us, I want to reflect a bit and appreciate the epic ride of 2019.
In January, we hosted a two day/night camp on the north shore of Oahu for twenty five girls between the ages of 10-16 years old. The girls were
chosen by a panel who reviewed their short essays. We had participants from all over Oahu, a few from the outer islands and the mainland US. One of the girls even made the trip all the way from the Dominican Republic! The goal of our first camp was to create a fun, creative, safe space for girls to come together in and around the water to learn, share and make lasting relationships. We catered to girls with intermediate to expert experience, both in the water and with surfing. Hurley Surf Club filmed their surf sessions and coaches Chris Moore, Pancho Sullivan, Megan Abubo and Joel Centeio provided expert feedback and review. The owners of Sun and Swell Foods taught the girls how to make nutritious, raw snacks and shared ways to find balance with foods that both taste good and fuel the body. We took them through a yoga flow, some high intensity training, meditation and journaling exercises. The weekend was action packed! The girls even got to play one of Chris Moore’s famous challenges and the winner took home my SuperGirl cape.
In August, we hosted our Day at the Beach at Kupu Center in Honolulu for twenty girls, all of them beginners or without any surfing experience. We started the day off with kids4CPR, learning how to take action when needed to save a life. That was followed by a peaceful yoga flow overlooking the surf, making dream journals and getting to know each other. After lunch, the girls separated into two groups. Half entered the water; the other half got their glow on with my trainer, Erin Kamano. Na Kama Kai, a non-profit that focuses on ocean water safety and education, briefed the girls before getting in the ocean. The good sized swell and high tide weren't most favorable that day for our beginners, but with the outstanding help and diligence of our experienced volunteers, they all caught a handful of waves and were smiling from ear to ear. To cap it off, Banan pulled up their food truck and handed out healthy treats to end the day!
In December, with the help of the C-stars, we hosted four girls from four different countries and their chaperones for ten days. Each girl was chosen through a selection process created by their community leaders. New Zealand organized a video submission and Tahiti put together a Moore Aloha surf contest to decide the recipient. Our goal for the global exchange was for the girls to share their cultures and experiences, and to make lasting connections and friendships. Timing worked out perfectly for the girls to enjoy front row seats at the Pipe Masters and get a behind the scenes look at a WSL contest site. RedBull High Performance gave them a body assessment, they trained several times with my trainer, Erin Kamano, made traditional Lei Po’o (Hawaiian flower crowns), tried a variety of delicious Hawaiian foods and treats, took in the sites and had lots of fun! The trip came to a close with a friendly but highly competitive talent show on the final night. The magic performance took top honors ever so slightly over the very impressive Tahitian dance, heartfelt singing and powerful New Zealand Haka. The long hugs goodbye and sweet tears were enough to show that the trip had been a success!!
One of the most important parts of each Moore Aloha event is giving back and finding a way to use our girl power to make a difference. For our January camp, Moore Aloha partnered with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii to teach the girls about micro plastics and clean up Kahuku beach. In August, we partnered with the children's hospital and created letters for them to share. In December, we took the girls in our global exchange to cultivate the kalo (taro) fields at Hookua’aina. The C-stars visited Lunalilo elderly home and did several beach clean ups throughout the year. Giving back and taking the time for others has always brought me so much joy and given me that true sense of purpose. It made me so happy to see the girls embrace each opportunity to make a difference and genuinely enjoy their experience.
Even the smallest gesture of kindness can make the biggest impact. Using surfing as a platform, Moore Aloha's main mission is to inspire more young girls to lead with love, live authentically, chase their dreams and do their part to make this world a better place. Eventually those ripples of love will all add up to make waves of change.
I am incredibly grateful for all the love and support we have received to make our visions with Moore Aloha a reality. The three events we hosted this year wouldn't have been possible without the generous monetary donations, gift donations, and the hands on time that were given by so many. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Overall, I felt like our second year was a huge success and I'm really looking forward to making our programs bigger and better in 2020. Big Mahalo for taking the time to show Moore Aloha. Stay tuned for dates and details about our upcoming events.
Lots of love,