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
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 observe and learn from elders. The most daring sk8rz —referred to as “crazy” are the most admired.
This young man was by no means the smallest skateboarder. He brought his little brother!
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.
(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!)
Kids in all sizes came and went and again, very little talking. They had important skills to practise and practise and practise.
And kids barely in their teens took up the challenge of The Intermediate Ramps
scooting over them grabbing the highest air they could as a friend measured just how high! Crazy!
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.
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…
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”.
The Mississauga Muse
Photo Credits: Peter Bennett ( Kalama Skateboard Park, Kihei and Keopuolani Skatepark, Kahalui )