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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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4 Responses to “MISSISSAUGAWATCH reports on three Maui Skateboard parks (StoneWave-Paia, Kalama-Kihei and Keopuolani-Kahalui)”

  1. DeValera on July 7th, 2009 9:24 am

    Remarkable…when I was their age the wheels were made of steel, but that was no excuse – I couldn’t ‘board on flat roads and never could imagine doing what these kids achieve. Thanks for the post MW.

  2. The Mississauga Muse on July 7th, 2009 2:26 pm

    Aloha DeValera!

    You wrote:

    “Remarkable…when I was their age the wheels were made of steel, but that was no excuse – I couldn’t ‘board on flat roads and never could imagine doing what these kids achieve.”

    Indeed. Have to say that while back in Canada observing Brampton, Hamilton and Mississauga skate parks and pads, I figured that Hamilton’s Beasley Park was a great little place for sk8rz and especially Iceland (if you could remove it from City of Mississauga property and hence away from Mississauga Corporate Security guards and their “propensities”).

    But when I set my eyes on Paia’s StoneWave Skatepark, —WOW.  And the ramps at Kihei’s Kalama! And that one massive precipitous drop at Kahalui (even has “DON’T FALL” graffiti’d at the very bottom). Then again, Maui’s kids/Youth are used to the ocean and the waves there. Massive walls of water and DeValera to our eyes, these skateboard parks just echo Maui ocean.

    Unfortunately as with our current research into Maui graffiti, we don’t know what percent of the skateboarders we are observing are the kids of Mainland tourists. For example, Maui receives a lot of tourists from Southern California —as you know, also a strong surfer/skateboard Youth culture.

    Can’t tell you just how much FUN it is to watch the little kids.

    Anyway, your comment has given me an opportunity to share a video of Paia’s StoneWave Skateboard Park that Paia Youth created themselves. (When I was there observing two male teens showed up with video camcorders and were producing /directing their next YouTube effort).

    Once I saw this video (I favourited it at MISSISSAUGAWATCH YouTube) I realized that I simply had to visit StoneWave in the evening. The park lights add an entirely different feel to the place as these accomplished skateboarder-videographers prove.

    So. Here you go.

    I stress that his is a Youth-produced video uploaded on October 05, 2007. The park’s walls are white and aren’t graced by the marvellous graffiti-style murals as they are now. Interestingly the older skateboarder in my photo third from the top is featured in this video as well.

    (Youth-produced video) Paia Skate Park  (2:32 min)

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

  3. jacob h on August 1st, 2009 3:52 am

    I dont know what you’re trying to do with these articles, but i just want to say dont try to shut down any of the skateparks. They are a great thing and we should have more of them.

  4. The Mississauga Muse on August 1st, 2009 5:29 am

    Note to readers. I will be sending this following message to “jacob h” via his Hawaiian email address.

    Aloha jacob h,

    You wrote:

    I dont know what you’re trying to do with these articles, but i just want to say dont try to shut down any of the skateparks. They are a great thing and we should have more of them.

    You’re absolutely right! Skateparks are a great thing! And I truly didn’t fully appreciate them until I visited the three skateparks here in Maui, I agree that there should be more. For example, I know that skateboarders in Lahaina only have a tennis court and temporary ramps to skate on. I’d love to see them have something as first-rate as Paia’s StoneWave Skateboard Park on the West side.

    Just too be clear, horrors! no! I am not trying to shut skateparks down. Actually I visited the three Maui parks to compare them to the ones in my own City of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Especially the skateboard culture which I found quite different. I was informed by a skateboard expert that most Maui skateboarders are also surfers.

    I’m not even all that interested in skateboarding itself, although I’ve turned into a bit of an admirer. (Those Maui sk8rz are a fearless dedicated ohana.) Rather my research interest focuses on how skateboarders are treated by our City’s security guards while on they’re on City Property. And why there seems to be a real friction (even loathing) for some skaters and security guards in general (noticed that watching YouTube videos.)

    Regarding skateboarders… jacob, by filing Freedom of Information I’ve become aware of how our City’s security guards treat Youth and minors.

    And especially sk8rzs —as young as 11/12 years old banned for 30 days from three of our major city facilities in one shot (Civic Centre, Central Library and Living Arts Centre) and then they’re not informed that should they return during their ban they “WILL BE” arrested.

    Parents/guardians aren’t notified by our City that their kids are banned so of course these kids don’t have an advocate in case a City Security guard is abusive. (I’ve got one case of actual physical abuse by a City security guard but the City Mayor and Councillors didn’t do a thing about it. Except tell me that Security Staff took the appropriate steps.).

    Here. Take a look at some of the bans to skaterboarders. Because this is what I’m trying to investigate and alert skateboarders about when visiting my City’s facilities.

    GOSSELIN (GOS) SHIFT SUPERVISOR:  CITY OF MISSISSAUGA CORPORATE SECURITY NOVEMBER 17, 2008 BAN SPECIAL OCCURRENCE REPORT OF FIVE MINORS (one 13/14 year old and four 11/12 year olds) (from Mississauga Civic Centre, Living Arts Centre and Central Library

    Remember, these kids are not told that should they return they “WILL BE” arrested. Sometimes they’re just given “tags” saying should they return “upon conviction” they’ll have to pay a fine up to $2,00o.

    So what happens should they return? Here’s what happened to four Youth/minors when they “revisited” the Mississauga City Hall skate plaza (yes, “plaza”)

    I’m showing you the entire Freedom of Information file so you know what I am trying to shut down —an unaccountable, hypocritical”Best in Canada” municipal security operation that treats youth and especially sk8trz like SHIT!

    SIMOES(SIM) SHIFT SUPERVISOR: CITY OF MISSISSAUGA CORPORATE SECURITY SEPTEMBER 30, 2008 ARREST OF  FOUR YOUTH : 12/13" 13/14 "15/16  AND 18/19 YEAR OLD  (from Mississauga Civic Centre" "Living Arts Centre and Central Library") 12/13YEAR OLD'S "TAG" STATS

    SIMOES(SIM) SHIFT SUPERVISOR: CITY OF MISSISSAUGA CORPORATE SECURITY SEPTEMBER 30, 2008  ARREST OF  FOUR YOUTH : 12/13" 13/14 "15/16  AND 18/19 YEAR OLD  (from Mississauga Civic Centre" "Living Arts Centre and Central Library") 13/14 YEAR OLD'S "TAG" STAT

    SIMOES(SIM) SHIFT SUPERVISOR: CITY OF MISSISSAUGA CORPORATE SECURITY SEPTEMBER 30, 2008  ARREST OF  FOUR YOUTH : 12/13" 13/14 "15/16  AND 18/19 YEAR OLD  (from Mississauga Civic Centre" "Living Arts Centre and Central Library") 13/14 YEAR OLD'S "TAG" STAT

    SIMOES(SIM) SHIFT SUPERVISOR: CITY OF MISSISSAUGA CORPORATE SECURITY SEPTEMBER 30, 2008 ARREST OF  FOUR YOUTH : 12/13" 13/14 "15/16  AND 18/19 YEAR OLD  (from Mississauga Civic Centre" "Living Arts Centre and Central Library") 13/14 YEAR OLD'S STATS HANDC

    SIMOES(SIM) SHIFT SUPERVISOR: CITY OF MISSISSAUGA CORPORATE SECURITY SEPTEMBER 30, 2008  ARREST OF  FOUR YOUTH : 12/13" 13/14 "15/16  AND 18/19 YEAR OLD  (from Mississauga Civic Centre" "Living Arts Centre and Central Library"  12/13 YEAR OLD'S STATS

    SIMOES(SIM) SHIFT SUPERVISOR: CITY OF MISSISSAUGA CORPORATE SECURITY SEPTEMBER 30, 2008  ARREST OF  FOUR YOUTH : 12/13" 13/14 "15/16  AND 18/19 YEAR OLD  (from Mississauga Civic Centre" "Living Arts Centre and Central Library") 15/16 YEAR OLD'S STATS HAND

    SIMOES(SIM) SHIFT SUPERVISOR: CITY OF MISSISSAUGA CORPORATE SECURITY SEPTEMBER 30, 2008  ARREST OF  FOUR YOUTH : 12/13" 13/14 "15/16  AND 18/19 YEAR OLD  (from Mississauga Civic Centre" "Living Arts Centre and Central Library" 18/19 YEAR OLD STATS PLUS SU

    SIMOES(SIM) SHIFT SUPERVISOR: CITY OF MISSISSAUGA CORPORATE SECURITY SEPTEMBER 30, 2008  ARREST (OCCURRENCE NARRATIVE page 1) OF FOUR YOUTH : 12/13" 13/14 "15/16  AND 18/19 YEAR OLD  (from Mississauga Civic Centre" "Living Arts Centre and Central Library"

    SIMOES(SIM) SHIFT SUPERVISOR: CITY OF MISSISSAUGA CORPORATE SECURITY SEPTEMBER 30, 2008 ARREST (OCCURRENCE NARRATIVE page 2) OF FOUR YOUTH : 12/13" 13/14 "15/16  AND 18/19 YEAR OLD  (from Mississauga Civic Centre" "Living Arts Centre and Central Library"

    Only one of these four arrests were actually recorded as “Arrest” by the way.

    My City government insists the kids and youth accept responsibility for their actions. They ban kids as young as 9 holding them accountable. And yet Freedom of Information confirms that my City’s security guards aren’t accountable. Not at all. No oversight. Zip.

    I’m the first to make their shameful treatment of kids/Youth public.

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that all sk8rzs are Mother’s Milk. Or that these banned kids are saints. But I believe with all my heart based on the Freedom of Information results that my City’s “in-house” security operation is evil. Evil. Toxic to Youth.

    THAT’S what I’m trying to stop, jacob h!

    Loved all three Maui skateparks but my favourite is StoneWave. Terrific kids. Terrific Director. Great family “ohana” feel to the place!

    May you are sk8 (and surf) forever.


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