November 25th update…

This is the area to expand the skatepark!  Land donated by EWM Investments

The first phase of Roots Skatepark was provided by the hard work of volunteers and in-kind donations of labor and machinery within the North Hawaii community and ten thousand dollars grant support from the Tony Hawk Foundation in 2008.

The Atherton Family Foundation provided funding to begin construction on the second phase. This has encouraged the parks and recreation department to pledge thirty five thousand in addition to councilwoman Margaret Wille pledging another thirty five thousand to help with costs of materials. The phase two budget is set at one hundred fifty thousand dollars, leaving the balance of 80 thousand to be raised by the community to make this project happen.

Roots Skatepark has become a popular facility for the youth of Hawaii and provides a safe place for kids to skate. The second phase will provide an additional 5000 square feet of skateboard terrain and create a popular after school and summertime  pastime for the youth of Kohala.

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Richey Riggs

volunteer director

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Go Skate Day 2016

This year Roots Advocates for Youth held the eighth annual “Go Skate Day” celebration and it was a really good time. Skateboarders, roller skaters, bike riders and some ingenious hand crafted creations were all in motion down Akoni Pule Highway and blissfully weaving and rolling towards Roots Skate Park in Kapa’au Hawai’i.

The road closure was enacted in partnership by our local Hawai’i Police Department and led by our community police officer “K J”. We truly

appreciate the cooperation of our local law enforcement to provide such an incredible activity for the youth and families of Kohala.

In attendance at the event our Council Woman Margaret Wille was promoting the skatepark second phase construction and informing the community about the addition of a much needed new bus route and service to Kohala. Additionally the festivities were grooving to the live music provided by Solar Wind and the Pau Hana Pickers. Food was provided from the Blue Dragon-Noah Hester and the Dragon Wagon , Brian Hart -Island Crave Shave Ice, Forrest Elmers Acai Bowls with locally sourced bananas donated by Ben Barclay, fresh lime juice donated by Tommy Gomes, camp style grilling of burgers and dogs by Gina and Ryan Lafferty, and delicious Kombucha brewed by Nakoa Sutton.

Skateboarding was the focus and it was so fun to take part in the parade and watch the action go down on the basketball court and at the skatepark. There were best trick competitions happening on the court and at the skateparks with winners taking home prizes provided by this years sponsors, Millers Surf in Kona, and Dan Madsen of Oasis skate shop in Hilo Town. Much appreciation for running the events go to Brian Sandlin, Everett Rosecrans, Shane Anderson, George Orton, and Jessica Amber.

The silent auction and t-shirt sales were also a great success specifically due to our   “Skate Day” donors and the volunteer help of Brandy Sugse, Kimberly Lepold, Barbara Angerstein, Nicole Pemble, Ihilani Cypriano, and our fearless organizer Charlene Sandlin. There were also lucky number drawings and many prizes and swag for the cause which brought excitement, goodies, and smiles to take home.

The EIGHTH  ANNUAL SKATE DAY event took place this year on Fathers Day and it could not have been more appropriate to bring families together.  Working fathers,mothers, aunties, uncles, brothers,and sisters all made time to celebrate our youth,our community, and our willingness to stay the course in raising funds for skatepark expansion and providing something exceptional specifically for having FUN. Skateboarding.

The hard work becomes worth every minute when we overhear a child proclaim “I wish we could do this EVERY DAY !”

We would like to thank our supporters….

Margaret Wille, Mayor Billy Kenoi, The Dorrance Family Foundation, The Russel Family, Andy and Penny Alcoran, Jeani Navarro, Brian and Charlene Sandlin-Abstract Pumping, Takata Store, Arakaki Store, Oasis Skate Shop, Millers Surf, Aqua Engineers ESOP-Dudley and Susan Caravalho, Anna Pacheco Photography, Kohana Bath and Body, Hawi Tree Services, Imua Massage Therapy, Blue Dragon Coastal Cuisine, Kohala Village HUB, Kohala Village INN, Island Crave Shave Ice, Kohala Car Tow, Syco Hawaii-Printing, Boys To MEN Mentoring Hawaii, Solar Wind, Pau Hana Pickers, RPM-Raymond Pineda Mechanical, Hilo Skate Plaza Coalition, The Kohala HPD-and CPO Officer “KJ”, County of Hawaii Parks and Recreation Department, Maki Sun Island Boutique, and the Kohala Lions Club

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April 20 2016 Update/ Go Skate Day

Aloha Team,
It is time to prepare for the upcoming Go Skate Day! 
It will be the best opportunity for us to have FUN skateboarding in the street down Akoni Pule highway, from Aloha gas station down to the skatepark and enjoy fellowship, great food, and of course fundraise for the second phase of construction at Roots Skate Park. This year we plan to have the event on Fathers Day, Sunday , June 19th. 
This is an opportunity for families to take part in this event and help support the skate park. So, all of you dads and moms can participate with your skaters by joining us for the parade and festivities at the park.
This is an invitation for each of you to bring your ideas to the table for what we want to provide for activities so we can commit to planning for the date. Food, live music, and free skate sessions at the park and on the basketball court, Roots fundraising movie premier, and guest of honor Margaret Wille. 
Please respond to this email as we prepare for June 19 and the exciting opportunity to ride on a closed highway specifically to celebrate skateboarding and the youth of our community. 
As an update to our funding status…….70 thousand dollars has been set aside for labor from 
council woman Margaret Wille and an additional 35k was approved by Hawaii island Mayor Billy Kenoi to make 70 thousand dollars that has been earmarked for materials from the County of Hawaii Parks and Recreation Department which creates a total of 140 thousand dollars in support.
Any additional funds that we can raise will supplement the labor and materials budget. We are currently working towards submitting drawings to be made into construction blueprints and have them approved by parks and recreation department. From there we have to put the labor out to bid from state certified vendor/contractors, the bids are reviewed and an award goes to the lowest bidder. From what we have learned this process takes three months and once we have a contractor to oversee the labor we can begin construction of the second phase.
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Hawaii County Council approves 35k for Labor

December 14th

This morning all around the island of Hawaii the County of Hawaii districts gathered via video conference and voted on resolutions. One resolution specifically #352-15 was to designate funding for the second phase of Roots skate Park’s labor costs. It was a chance to testify in support of this resolution for me on behalf of the community. Thanks to Margaret Wille and the council members we have been approved!  $35,000 to be designated for labor costs. This is a big day for the island kids and the hard work of the skatepark committee. Mahalo nui Loa Margaret Wille!  Roots Skate Park promotional

Sincerely, Richey Riggs


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Watch the Roots promotional video

Our promotional video is now up on Vimeo! Give it a look and give us your thoughts, share the video with others and be inspired to help out with this volunteer project for a great community and the kids that it will continue to benefit. 

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Embroidered Roots Hats and full color Roots Decals for sale!

hats NEW

Support phase two construction by purchasing a beautifully embroidered

LOGO BALL CAP , VISOR OR  BUCKET HAT or even a full color 4″x4″ decal for you or a friend!

Individual Hats are $35 , INCLUDES shipping ,additional hats are $29 each specify color preference and e-mail us at , Full Color Decals are $2.50 each

Christmas is approaching so place your orders now!

Mail orders only

Make checks payable to Roots Advocates for Youth

P.O.Box  946

Kapaau HI 96755


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circle for D IMG_0892 Aloha Supporters! Now listing the levels of sponsorship for donor recognition tiles. Bronze would begin the donor tiles at $1000, Silver 5K , and Gold 10K donation to the second phase construction of Roots Skatepark. Maybe someone wants to go Platinum! Also ,the Memorial Tile versions will go for $500 and can be printed with a color photo and type face. These products are designed and sold by our community supporters at Syco Hawaii, in Kapa’au.IMG_0813

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