Juliana Colpas is February’s Grom Of The Month. Colpas has a keen ethic when it comes to the environment. At just 13 years old, she’s a familiar face at many beach cleanups after having been at it for many years. Colpas is also very akamai when it comes to alternatives to ocean-polluting sunscreens and she’s a strong advocate for educating our visitors about using reef-safe products. And this isn’t her first time making waves: Colpas is a reader favorite who has twice taken the title of Best Female Grom in MauiTime’s annual Best of Maui reader’s poll.
Name: Juliana Colpas
Passions (besides surfing): My passions are my family, jiu jitsu, fitness, cooking, and traveling.
Why do you love surfing?: I love surfing because it makes me feel happy and whenever I catch a wave it is so exhilarating. It’s where I find my inner peace and happiness.
Community Service: I do beach cleanups, pick up trash daily, and keep our ocean and our ‘aina clean by picking up the trash and plastic in our oceans and land. I also like to keep the visitors educated about not using harmful sunscreen.
School: Hawai‘i Tech Academy
Board: Sharpeye Surfboards (OK model)
Sponsors: Pakaloha Bikinis, Lahaina Organics, and Island Press Coffee
Coach: Coach Pedro
Fave Wave: Honolua Bay (Point) in winter and Lahaina Harbor in the summer
When did you start surfing?: At 4 years old
Favorite Food: Soba noodles and acai bowls
To be considered for Grom of the month you must be a Maui youth age 17 years or younger and have a variety of strengths from surfing to school to giving back to your community. This project is a collaboration with DoomaPhotos and Jen Russo. Monkeypod Kitchen will be donating a $50 gift certificate to our Grom of the Month, and dinner for four for the annual Grom of the Year. We will also be highlighting opportunities to volunteer in the community, so the groms know what’s up!
Surfrider Foundation Kahului Harbor Cleanup
February 15, 9am-noon
Surfrider and Fork & Salad teamed up to sponsor this clean up at Kahului Harbor. Meet at the Hawaiian Canoe Club where the first 50 volunteers to sign in will get a free Surfrider tee. Gloves bags and other clean up supplies are provided. You bring your own hat, reef-safe sunscreen, and reusable water bottle, and aloha.