KAPAAU, Hawaii: There was a parade of a different sort in Kohala on Saturday.
This one blew by quickly in the town of Kapaau… as a group of skaters, young and old, taking part in the 4th annual “Go Skate Day”
The speedy procession started at the intersection of Akoni Pule Highway and Kynnersley Road, at the Aloha Gas station in Kapa’au. Police closed off the road for the skaters, who enjoyed an unfettered transit to their destination… it was a mellow downhill grade, ideal for all ages.
The end of the parade was at Roots Skatepark located within Kamehameha park, where surf music greeted the skaters, who wasted no time getting on the ramps and doing their thing.
The event is organized every year by the Roots Advocates for Youth.
They say generous donations and community commitment made this skatepark a reality. EWM investments, through Surety Kohala donated a half an acre of land within Kamehameha Park. There was also a $10,000 donation from the Tony Hawk Foundation. Another $5,000 was raised through local fundraising activities and with the help of Christine Richardson and the North Kohala Community Resource Center, another $15,000 grant was secured from the Atherton Foundation.