Hawaii athletes are joining WSL's #StayLocal movement with donations to their communities and giveback activations that are being felt around the island of Oahu. Carissa Moore, John Florence and Seth Moniz -- all Oahu natives -- have gone social with their support, inspiring others to join the feel-good campaign to help lift up the businesses, residents and spirits of their hometowns.
Carissa Moore Activates at Palolo Elementary School
The four-time World Champion donated her morning to help serve lunches from the Palolo Elementary School parking lot as comminity members drove through for a free meal. She teamed up with Banan, a healthy, fruit-based sustainable eatery, to provide the lunches and then surprised the staff by gifting them with a $1200 donation that the WSL matched as part of the #StayLocal campaign.
John Florence Donates to Trio of North Shore Businesses
Florence chose three North Shore businesses to help support, including Chef Hui HI, a community meal program that purchases produce from local farms to provide food for those in need island wide, in collaboration with Open Kitchen Oahu; Surf N Sea Haleiwa, the North Shore's oldest surf shop located in the heart of old Haleiwa Town; and North Shore Surf Shop, a hub for all things surf-related, from equipment to clothes to lessons, also located in John's home town of Haleiwa.
"I'm going to purchase gift cards while the shops are closed," John posted on his Instagram. "Excited to find a couple of kids in Hawaii to give these to after isolation passes and the shops are back open! These shops employ a lot of local people and have been staples in our community."
Seth Moniz Supports Favorite Coffee Shop
The youngest member of the Moniz family spread the #StayLocal aloha by purchasing a $500 gift card from Coffee Talk Hawaii on Waialae Ave. in Honolulu, his favorite shop in town. "It's crazy times right now but I cant say how important it is to support your local community the best you can," Seth posted on Instagram.
Seth also talked about setting an example as a surfer that many in Hawaii look up to, by taking social distancing seriously and even staying out of the water. The 2019 WSL Rookie of the Year was, like all CT athletes, prepared and excited for the start of the season, only to be stopped short by the rapid spread of COVID-19 and world-wide isolation mandates. He shared an update with KHON news online here: https://www.khon2.com/coronavirus/second-season-on-hold-for-reigning-wsl-rookie-of-the-year-seth-moniz/
To join the #StayLocal movement, please visit worldsurfleague.com