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Aloha & Welcome

The John Kelly Awards at beautiful Waimea Valley on Oahu's North Shore celebrate greatness in our ocean loving community. In honoring the legacy of John Kelly our fundraiser and party are a fantastic way to celebrate our volunteers and supporters, the year's accomplishments, and kick off the Triple Crown season. 

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John Kelly Awards 2018

Saturday, November 10th Waimea Valley

6PM-10PM

Presented By: The Surfrider Foundation

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. Join us for a celebration honoring the legacy of John Kelly through appreciation of our community heroes, a gourmet meal from Ke Nui Kitchen, a world class Silent Auction, and amazing beats from local band Good Foot & friends.

You support of Surfrider Oahu allows us to continue our mission of protecting our island's oceans, beaches, and waves for generations into the future. The past few years have seen a dramatic enhancement of our programs thanks to the support of our amazing community - volunteers and sponsors like you.

Surfrider O‘ahu Making Waves
+  Expansion of Rise Above Plastics with 185 Registered Ocean Friendly Restaurants
+  Completion of 18 ocean Friendly Gardens in 4 years
+  Trained citizens in civics & helped pass legislation on stormwater pollution, oxybenzone, climate change cesspools, smoking, on beaches, 
     Fresh water security, & Plastic bags
+  Currently testing over 10 O‘ahu Beaches for Water Quality as part of the Blue Water Task Force Program
+  Cleaned 20,000 + lbs  of debris from O‘ahu Beaches

In 1964 John Kelly founded the Save Our Surf (SOS) organization that laid the groundwork for environmental organizations like the Surfrider Foundation. 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. The John Kelly Perpetual Trophy is a small koa surfboard, beautifully shaped as a board from the early days of Waikiki. Sadly, John Kelly passed away in 2007, but through this annual event he will be remembered and honored by the Surfrider Foundation. 

Congratulations to 2018 John Kelly Award Winners!

Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Chip Fletcher

Hawai‘i Based Company: Hawaiian Island Creations

Surfer/Waterperson: Dr. Cliff Kapono

Community Wavemaker: Access Surf

Mahalo to Heather Brown Art for the years of artistic imagery featured at the awards each year.


Welcome to the 2018 John Kelly Awards

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Surfrider Foundation’s Oahu Chapter would like to invite you to join us for the 16th Annual John Kelly Awards Celebration at beautiful Waimea Valley on November 10th 2018. The annual fundraiser and awards ceremony honors leaders in environmental protection and pays tribute to the memory of legendary community organizer and activist, John Kelly of Save our Surf. The awards ceremony recognizes a local surfer, company, and lifetime achievement winners who embody the spirit, mana, and dedication of Mr. John Kelly (see the list of our inspirational previous winner below).

Please join us for a night filled with festive music, delicious food, lively libations, live art and entertainment, premier silent auction, and the company of our amazing community. Your support will ensure that Surfrider Foundation’s O‘ahu Chapter continues its mission of working to protect our world’s oceans, beaches, and waves.

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Attend: Tickets & SPonsor Tables can be Purchased Here


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