MISSISSAUGAWATCH reports on three Maui Skateboard parks (StoneWave-Paia, Kalama-Kihei and Keopuolani-Kahalui)

July 7th, 2009  

Over the weekend, MISSISSAUGAWATCH visited StoneWave Skateboard Park in Paia, as well as Kalama Skateboard Park in Kihei and Kalahui’s Keopuolani Skateboard Park (Maui, Hawaii).

Having conducted “Skateboard Sundays” at various City of Mississauga skateboard plazas as well as City of Hamilton’s Beasley Park, we were immediately struck by the huge difference between Mississauga/Hamilton skateboard facilities and those on the Hawaiian Island of Maui.

Fact is, Maui sk8rz would find both Hamilton’s Beasley Park and Mississauga’s Iceland, pretty “lame”.

As for MISSISSAUGAWATCH, both my husband and I were gob-smacked by the huge difference in skill levels between our local skateboarders and the Maui breed. And we’re talking even the youngest keiki (kids).

It quickly became clear to us that the more challenging the skatepark, the more skilled and daring the kids. And MY what accomplished, dedicated skaters! Get this. At Kalama Skateboard Park in Kihei, we witnessed one 13-14 year old skateboarding with his left arm in a cast! We were enthralled.

We thought we’d share what Maui/US skateboarders were doing during their Independence Day weekend holiday.

First, here are some photos of StoneWave Sk8 Park, Paia, Maui.

STONEWAVE SKATEBOARD PARK, MAUI, HAWAII

The stone waves form deep bowls at beautiful StoneWave Skateboard Park, Paia, Maui, Hawaii

The stone waves form deep bowls at StoneWave Skateboard Park, Paia, Maui, Hawaii, July 5, 2009

There was surprisingly little talking during our two and a half hour observation period. Skateboarders were intent on skateboarding.

Not once did we hear a swear word of any kind.

YOUNG SKATEBOARDERS AT STONEWAVE SKATEBOARD PARK, PAIA, MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

Young skateboarders observe and learn from elders. The most daring sk8rz —referred to as “crazy” are the most admired.

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This young man was by no means the smallest skateboarder. He brought his little brother!

ACCOMPLISHED YOUNG SKATEBOARDER POISED TO DROP AT STONEWAVE SKATEBOARD PARK, PAIA, MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

For fun, we encourage you to watch our video of this small young skateboarder and his little brother co-exist peacefully and respectfully among the Paia Sk8 Big Boyz.

SKATEBOARDING MAUI, PAIA STONEWAVE SKATE PARK  (1:47 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

Yesterday, we visited Kalama Skateboard Park in Kihei and Holy Jumpin’! WHAT A FACILITY!

The Ramps! The sheer drops! (and yes, The Graffiti!)

HIGHEST RAMP AT KALAMA SKATEBOARD PARK MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

Kids in all sizes came and went and again, very little talking. They had important skills to practise and practise and practise.

RAMPS AT KIDS AND KALAMA SKATEBOARD PARK MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

And kids barely in their teens took up the challenge of The Intermediate Ramps

YOUNG MAN DRAGS SCOOTER UP AN INTERMEDIATE RAMP AT KALAMA SKATEBOARD PARK MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

scooting over them grabbing the highest air they could as a friend measured just how high! Crazy!

YOUNG MAN FLIES A SCOOTER OVER A RAMP WHILE A FRIEND MEASURES HOW MUCH AIR HE GRABBED AT KALAMA SKATEBOARD PARK MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

We were delighted to spot our first girl. This is the only girl we saw skateboarding at any of the three Maui sk8 facilities we are currently observing.

FIRST SK8R GIRL WE'VE SEEN AT ANY FACILITY HERE AT KALAMA SKATEBOARD PARK MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

And then we visited what we immediately proclaimed the “tamer” Keopuolani Skateboard Park in Kahalui, Maui.

While this skate park featured the highest ramp we’ve seen anywhere (one and a half story with a measuring stick to mark jumps higher), certainly none of the skateboarders (all in their late teens) that we observed went anywhere near it.  We found Keopuolani quite a letdown.

For one thing, unlike the Paia and Kihei skate parks, Keopuolani has the unfortunate feature of not being right by the beach. Surrounded by buildings and constant reminders of almost-urban sprawl, the Keopuolani/Kahalui  site reminds us somewhat of Mississauga with palm trees. (Yes, we know. We’re jaded.)

We have to give credit to the Kahalui graffiti types though. They sprayed the challenge, “Try grind dis brah” (Try and grind your board along this post, brother) into the concrete and then…

KEOPUOLANI SKATEBOARD PARK, MISSISSAUGAWATCH

sprayed the outline of an anatomically-correct body of a skateboarder (complete with squished nasty bits) precisely where someone would land face down if he wasn”t successful in “grind dis brah”.

*SPLAT*!

Graffiti: Sprayed outline (police style) of an anatomically-correct body of a skateboarder (complete with squished nasty bits) precisely where someone would land face down if they weren't successful negotiating a challenging maneuver. KEOPUOLANI SKATEBOARD PARK, MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Photo Credits:  Peter Bennett  ( Kalama Skateboard Park, Kihei and Keopuolani Skatepark, Kahalui )

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MISSISSAUGAWATCH VIDEOTAPES 4TH OF JULY, 2009 FIREWORKS from LAHAINA POLICE/FIRE STATIONS in MAUI, HAWAII

July 5th, 2009  

 

Our last Blog was about CANADA DAY 2009 fireworks from Mississauga Civic Centre and featured video from  images captured from the webcam located at Mississauga’s Central Library.

Today’s Blog deals with  INDEPENDENCE DAY.  We share this video of  the 4th of July 2009  Lahaina  fireworks celebration as viewed atop the hill beside the Lahaina Police and Fire Department  stations,  at the Lahaina Civic Centre complex.

We dedicate this video to Maui Emergency Services and especially the Maui Fire Department who came out and rescued us in two separate summers while we were night kayaking even though we didn’t need rescue! And to the crew of that rescue helicopter who showed up on another night way back when, aimed the lights at us, frothed up the water something fierce likely because of us night kayaking too.

It’s great to know that if we really did get into trouble night kayaking that Maui Emergency Services has our backs!

So here’s the video showing the Lahaina fireworks, a Lahaina Fire Department truck leaving for a call and also a Maui Police cruiser heading out as well.  Mahalo Nui Loa for all you do!

FIREWORKS 4TH OF JULY, 2009 from LAHAINA POLICE/FIRE STATIONS in MAUI, HAWAII” (2:36 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

Signed,

The (To Peel Emergency Services, thanks for all you do as well) Mississauga Muse

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS, viewed from Lahaina Police/Fire stations, Lahaina Maui, Hawaii

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