October 15, 2012

A Big Mahalo to everyone who attended the 2012 John Kelly Awards, check out the photos!!!


Honolulu, O’ahu Nov. 17th , 6:00pm-10:30pm the Surfrider Foundation’s O’ahu Chapter will present the 10th Annual John Kelly Environmental Achievement Awards. The awards are for those who have contributed towards protecting and enhancing our ocean, beaches and coastal environment.   All proceeds will benefit Surfrider’s O’ahu Chapter and their efforts to preserve our coasts.

Today is your lucky day! Tickets will be available at the door for $60! See you there!



Honolulu, O’ahu (October 22, 2012): On Saturday, November 17th, 6:00pm-10:30pm the Surfrider Foundation’s O’ahu Chapter will present the 10th Anniversary of their acclaimed John Kelly Environmental Achievement Awards. The celebration will be held at Waimea Valley Pavilion and will feature live music from The Intire Project and special guests, The Paul Carlon Quartet from New York City. Tickets are $60 for the early birds and $70 at the door. All proceeds will benefit Surfrider’s O’ahu Chapter and their efforts to preserve our coasts.

This special 10th anniversary ceremony celebrates John Kelly, the legendary waterman and environmental leader who started Save Our Surf and fought to protect Hawai‘i’s coastlines from over-development. Kelly and SOS helped to save over 140 surf sites on O’ahu and around the state, while also stopping many destructive developments. Following in his wake, Surfrider’s O’ahu Chapter has worked with other organizations to help preserve Pūpūkea-Paumalu (aka, Save Sunset Beach), Kaka’ako Park and Waimea Valley.

The awards dinner will feature local tastes from Chef Thomas Naylor and libations courtesy of Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Kona Brewing Company. This year’s awardees have done inspiring work to bring about positive changes in their communities while also protecting our marine environment.

Charles Moore will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award. Born and raised in Long Beach, CA, Captain Charles Moore is an environmental researcher and dynamic speaker who is best known for bringing the North Pacific Garbage Patch to the world’s attention. After running a woodworking business for decades, Moore founded the Algalita Marine Research Foundation in 1994. He then launched his research vessel the next year and began doing voyages across the Pacific to document the rise of marine plastic pollution. A lifelong activist, he also became a founding member of the Surfrider Foundation’s Long Beach Chapter and their Blue Water Task Force. Captain Charlie Moore’s work has been highlighted in numerous media outlets, including ABC’s Nightline, Good Morning America, the Colbert Report, and National Public Radio,

Mu`umu`u Heaven will be awarded the Environmentally Friendly Hawai‘i-Based Company Award for their contribution to help Hawai‘i’s coral reefs. The products that Mu`umu`u Heaven provides for their customers are one-of-a-kind, environmentally friendly, and locally sourced in Hawai‘i. Not only does Mu`umu`u Heaven sell environmentally friendly products but uses tools that are as well. They are a unique company that has risen the bar for all current and future boutique stores.

Torrey Meister, aka the Happy Hawaiian, will be receiving the Professional Surfer Award. He is an explosive surfer whose positive attitude shines through his surfing as well as his demeanor on land. Raised on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, Torrey has seamlessly carried his amateur career achievements into the big leagues, placing 3rd in the prestigious Hawai‘i Triple Crown of Surfing in 2009. Known for his radical aerials, he was showcased in Taylor Steele’s latest surf movie, Innersection, and is sponsored by SPY Optics. An active advocate of the Surfrider Foundation, Torrey promotes environmental awareness throughout Hawai‘i and Southern California and appeared in a PSA supporting Surfrider’s Rise Above Plastics Campaign.

Held each year in honor of John Kelly, the Awards Ceremony honors those individuals and organizations that have followed in his footsteps and continued his legacy of environmental leadership. Below is a list of previous winners, all of whom are invited to attend the event:

Previous Winners

Lifetime Achievement

Hawaii-Based Company

Professional Surfer


Charles Moore

Mu`umu`u Heaven

Torrey Meister


Cora Sanchez

Kona Brewing Company

Kyle Thiermann


Mark Cunningham

Honolulu Weekly

Duane DeSoto


Yvon Chouinard

Bill Braden

The Malloy Brothers


Shaun Tomson


Dave Rastovich


Randy Rarick

Pacific Biodiesel

James Pribram


Peter Cole

Schnitzer Steel Hawaii

Pancho Sullivan


Larry McElheny

Brushfire Records

Rochelle Ballard


George Downing


Kelly Slater


John Kelly

Patagonia – Haleiwa

Rob Machado

Tickets can be purchased online at the O’ahu Chapter’s website: www.Surfrider.org/oahu. For more information on the event and on sponsoring a table please contact Amanda Corby at amanda@undermyumbrella.com.

As part of its Protecting Special Places Initiative, Surfrider’s Oahu Chapter worked extensively with other groups on major campaigns to save Sunset Beach, Kaka’ako Park, Waimea Valley and Turtle Bay from overdevelopment. They also helped pass a new law to strengthen and enforce beach access across the state. Building on the work of other Surfriders across the state who helped pass bans on Kaua’i, Maui and the Big Island, the O’ahu Chapter recently led the effort to pass a ban on plastic bags on O’ahu. This was a big achievement for their Rise Above Plastics Campaign because it made Hawai‘i the first state in the country to ban single-use plastic grocery bags.

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Originally founded in 1984 by a group of visionary surfers, the Surfrider Foundation is now in its 28th year and has grown to more than 80 chapters and 250,000 supporters, activists and members. The O’ahu Chapter focuses on the issues of beach access, water quality, coastal preservation and plastic marine debris. For more information about Surfrider, please visit www.surfrider.org/oahu.

December 9, 2009

Surfrider Honors Environmental Leaders at the 7th Annual John Kelly Awards

sf-chconfgroupshot09Honolulu, Oahu (Nov. 25, 2009) The North Shore’s Waimea Valley Pavillion was rocking last weekend as the Surfrider Foundation Oahu’s Chapter hosted the 7th Annual John Kelly Environmental Achievement Awards, an evening to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to help Surfrider’s mission to protect Hawaii’s oceans, beaches and waves. The event raised over $7000 for the Oahu Chapter.

 Two hundred and twenty activists and supporters enjoyed the evening, which was sponsored by Barefoot Wine, Kona Brewing Co., and the Triple Crown of Surfing. Musical guests Johnny Helm and Micah Wolf entertained the crowd as they wined, dined and perused the silent auction tables. Popular auction items included a hand-shaped Koa surfboard and artwork by local artists Heather Brown, Clark Takashima and Hilton Alves.  Other auction items included underwater photography lessons from lensman Sean Davey and bodysurfing lessons by world champ Mark Cunningham.

 Former Lifetime Achievement Award winners and Surfrider veterans Peter Cole and Randy Rarick were in attendance to pay tribute to this year’s winners.  Artist Bill Braden graciously accepted the award for Environmentally Friendly Local Company and spoke about his work with the Save Pupukea-Paumalu campaign and how he has tried to paint and preserve Hawaii’s beautiful beaches.  Although he was unable to attend, Patagonia’s founder and president Yvon Chouinard received the Lifetime Achievement Award and asked Quiksilver’s George Kam to accept on his behalf.   Kam said Chouinard was a pioneer who helped bring ecological awareness to the business world with programs like 1% For the Planet, which helps support environmental groups like Surfrider.

 Big-wave surfer and waterman Keith Malloy took the stage to accept the Professional Surfer Award, which was given to him and his brothers Chris and Dan.  Guests were also treated to a preview of 180 Degrees South, an exciting new environmental documentary by Chris Malloy and Woodshed Films, about Yvon Chouinard’s original journey to Patagonia and the Malloy brothers’ efforts to recreate that life-changing trip.

 The Throwdowns, a popular band from Hawaii whose members belong to the Maui Chapter, closed the night out with a rocking set that packed the dance floor.  Surfrider Oahu will use the funds raised from the event for campaigns such as Rise Above Plastics, an initiative to educate the public about the dangerous effects of plastic marine debris on sea birds, marine mammals and the environment. In an effort to stop the proliferation of single-use plastic bottles and bags, the Oahu chapter unveiled their new reusable canteens and canvas tote bags at the party, which will be sold at all Surfrider events. 

 Special to this year’s event was the addition of the first ever Hawaii Chapters Conference, which also took place over the weekend at Camp Erdman. The conference brought together active Surfrider members from Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island. Over thirty people attended the inaugural two-day conference which provided a venue for discussion and strategic planning for the chapters across the state. Stuart Coleman, Hawaii’s first Coordinator for Surfrider, was thrilled with the success of the conference.

 “What an amazing weekend!” says Coleman. “We had some great presentations and discussions about our statewide initiatives at the Conference during the day.  And that night, we were able to celebrate and honor those environmental leaders who are helping to protect our environment at the John Kelly Awards Party—it was a great combo!” For pictures and info about the Hawaii Chapters Conference and John Kelly Awards, please visit Surfrider Oahu’s newly redesigned website and photo gallery at www.surfrider.org/oahu.

September 15, 2009

John Kelly Award Nominees

It’s that time of the year again.  Nominations for our annual John Kelly Award are currently being accepted until September 30th.  Surfrider Oahu’s John Kelly Environmental Achievement Awards recognize those who have made the greatest contributions towards protecting or enhancing our coastal community and environment. John Kelly, for whom the award is named, was the original recipient of the Lifetime Achievement category. For decades, Kelly led many environmental crusades on O‘ahu. Sadly, John Kelly passed away in 2007, but through this annual event he will be remembered and honored by the Surfrider Foundation.

The Oahu Chapter seeks to promote environmental activism by honoring the efforts and achievements of inspirational individuals and organizations.  Award categories are Lifetime Achievement, Professional Surfer, and Oahu-based company.

Submit a Nominee (via email)

Please include your nominee’s full name and why you think he/she deserves the award.

Here is the list of the previous winners.

June 8, 2009

Vote for Us: “Clear the Path – Beach Access”

Barefoot Wine is donating $5,000 to the Oahu Chapter’s campaign, “Clear the Path – Beach Access”. We can DOUBLE that donation to $10,000 if we can get the most votes on the Barefoot Wine website. There’s some tough competition, so we need your help. You can vote EVERY DAY. Please cast your vote in support of Surfrider Oahu. Click here for more information. Mahalo!

Through this campaign the chapter is pushing for better beach access through public education and legislation.  With continued construction and development all over the island, shoreline access is at risk.  In addition to the Clear the Path campaign, the chapter helped form the Shoreline Access Coalition of Hawaii, a collaborative group of organizations focused on improving shoreline access around the state.

May 14, 2009

Surfrider Receives 4-Star Rating on Charity Navigator for 2nd Straight Year

The Surfrider Foundation has received a coveted four-star rating on Charity Navigator for the second year in a row.  This prestigious rating shows that the Surfrider Foundation is able to efficiently manage and grow its finances and consistently execute its mission to protect and preserve our oceans, waves and beaches in a fiscally responsible manner.

“We are thrilled to receive the four-star rating again this year as we know how important, especially in challenging economic times like these, for people to know their donations are being managed properly,” says Jim Moriarty, Surfrider Foundation’s CEO.

Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that the Surfrider Foundation excels, as compared to other charities in America, in successfully managing the in an efficient and effective manner.  This consistency in Surfrider’s rating is an exceptional feat, as only 19% of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive a 4-star rating in consecutive years.

Charity Navigator is America’s premiere charity evaluator that highlights the fine work of efficient charities and provides current and potential donors with the essential information needed to give them greater confidence in the choices they make.  By earning a four-star rating for the second year in a row not only differentiates the Surfrider Foundation from its peers, it shows the public that the organization is worthy of their trust.  According to Charity Navigator “The Surfrider Foundation consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America.”

“This four-star rating is a reflection of the hard work and emphasis on prudent financial management by our staff, board, chapters and volunteers,” says Steve Blank, Surfrider Foundation’s Director of Development.  “Without them, this rating would not have been possible.”