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