J.Kalani English

Place to skate, grow, develop

The Maui News
May 18, 2012

HANA - The Pa'ani Maii Skate Park was blessed and opened to the public following a ceremony May 10 attended by dignitaries including Mayor Alan Arakawa, Council Member Bob Carroll and state Sen. J. Kalani English.

The new skate park includes about 6,000 square feet of concrete skateable area with a street course for novices and deep bowls for experienced skaters. The park also includes obstacle and other challenging features, said Rod Antone, the mayor's communications director.

The park, located at 4800 Hana Highway, east of the Hana Fire Station, will be open during daylight hours. There are no lights, so night skating will not be permitted.

The construction and financing of the skate park has been a collaboration between the county Department of Parks and Recreation, William Sides Construction, Friends of Hana Keiki, local businesses, Grindline Skateparks and volunteers from Hana High School, Antone said.

The county spent $200,000 on the park, with the community and businesses pitching in an additional $25,000. Also, volunteers put in a lot of sweat equity in the building of the park, he said.

"The construction of this skate park is truly a labor of love," said English, who hails from Hana and represents the area. "This skate park has been long-awaited by the community, especially the keiki. They now have a place right in their neighborhood to skate, play, grow and develop. Children will be coming here to meet their friends and have fun in a safe, clean environment . . . for many years to come."

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