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          More than 200 people showed up this morning to attend the dedication and grand opening of the Keolu Hills Neighborhood Skate Park at 1416 Keolu Drive.  Festivities included brief remarks by Mayor Jeremy Harris and Deputy Parks Director “Skippa” Diaz, followed by a prayer officiated by Pastor Dolan Dela Pena, Youth Pastor for Hope Chapel, Olomana.  Senator Bob Hogue, 808 Skate owners Chuck Mitsui, Tony and Susan Kransic assisted Mayor Jeremy Harris with untying the traditional maile lei. 

The ceremony culminated with a 10-minute demonstration by members of 808 Skate, narrarated by owner Chuck Mitsui, to the music of the popular Eastside Wrecking Crew.  At the conclusion of the demonstration, hordes of skateboarders, from elementary to post college, joined in obvious delight of the 15,000 square feet skating facility complete with sophisticated built-in obstacles such as banks, bowls, quarterpipes and rails.  

Contractor for the project is Alan Shintani, Inc. and consultant was Kodama Okamoto Architects, Inc.  The City will be opening the new and improved Aala Skate Park in the next two weeks, followed by Kamilo’iki Skate Park and another skateboarding facility in Kailua District Park.  There will be a total of nine skate parks on Oahu this year, according to Mayor Harris.

Skateboarding is one of the fastest-growing extreme sports in the nation.  Figures today indicate participation exceeds 10 million in the United States.



Friday, January 24, 2003

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