Our Spirit Sessions ʻOhana is strong because we bring together support from all facets of our community: state and local agencies, businesses and private individuals. A big Mahalo to all our generous funders, dedicated donors, super volunteers, awesome surf mentors and community supporters who make Surfrider Spirit Sessions possible through their investment, sponsorship, in-kind support and all their heart and spirit.


Supporters and Donors

Grant Funders

Foundation grants provide essential funding to keep our programs vibrant and strong. Mahalo to Office of Youth Services and City and County of Honolulu Grant In Aid for securing our base funding. Other grant funders include:

Atherton Family Foundation

Central Pacific Foundation

City & County of Honolulu Grant in Aid

First Hawaiian Bank

Friends of Hawaii Charities

Hawaii Life Charitable Fund

J. Watumulll Fund

Kosasa Foundation

Laurence Dorcy Hawaiian Foundation

Office of Youth Services

Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation

Omidyar Ohana Fund

Papa Ola Lokahi

Visitor Industry Charity Fund

Zilber Foundation

In-Kind Support

Support through the donation of products, services and expertise helps us keep our costs down and provides many of the extras that we otherwise could not afford.  A special thanks to the Judiciary of Hawaii for providing us with valuable office and storage space for many years. Additionally, Mahalo to Hawai‘i State Courts, and other nonprofit organizations that identify and direct youth to us, provide background checks for our volunteer mentors, and offer support services in the form of counselors and probation officers.

Other In-kind Supporters Include:

Aloha Beer

Bank of Hawaii

Dukes Waikiki

Frito Lay

Hawaiian Airlines

Highway Inn

James Pearce

Kastner Design Associates

Liliuokalani Trust

Puko’a Organics Sunscreen

Rainbow Drive In

Rotary Club of Honolulu

Roy’s Restaurants

The Laylow Waikiki

The Westin Kaanapali

Waikiki Brewing

Golf Sponsors

The 6th Annual Surf to the Turf Golf Tournament provided over $20,000 of much needed funding to our programs in 2019, thanks to our sponsors, teams and players. Mahalo to this year’s sponsors:

Dillingham Blvd Self Storage

Chee, Markham & Feldman

MW Group, Ltd.

Nancy and Gregory Lui-Kwan

Hawaii State Federal Credit Union

Starn Otoole Marcus & Fisher

The Children’s Law Center

EKNA Services Inc.

Limtiaco Consulting Group

HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union

N&K CPA’s, Inc.

Yogi Kwong Engineers LLC


Youth Services Organizations

We value our partners that share our vision and mission of helping Hawaii’s youth realize their full potential to become successful citizens in our communities.  We recognize the support of our partners in providing a “Safety Net” of services for our youth in-need.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Bobby Benson Center

Catholic Charities Hawaii

Child and Family Services

Common Grace

Family Programs Hawaii

Hale Kipa

Girls Court, Hawai‘i State Family Court

Juvenile Drug Court, Hawai‘i State Family Court

Probation Officers, Hawai‘i State Family Court

Iolani School, Special Programs

Ke Kama Pono

Kids Hurt Too

Susannah Wesley Center

From a Program Parent:

Spirit Sessions not only provides a great physical outlet for my son, but a safe place where he can relate to other kids and adults male mentors to enrich his life without a father figure.

— J.R.

From a Program Partner:

Over the years, I have witnessed many Girls Court participants experience and transform through the course of this eight week program. SSS is multi-dimensional in its approach as it not only provides an opportunity to participate in a pro-social activity, surfing; it also provides connection to healthy women role models, a deeper appreciation of aina and a path for leadership development.

— V.L.

From One of Our Volunteers:

I am volunteer mentor at the Surfrider Spirit Sessions for girls and I really believed that this organization is giving the mentees so much support, encouragement and tools to deal with everyday life. More organizations like this are needed on this islands. This program creates a space for vulnerable and at-youth to have positive roles, to learn about values, care for the environment, and learn surfing which can provide them a safe space to cope with life.

— C.D.