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About Roots Skate Park

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We have completed phase one of the SkatePark. It is now an open 3,000 sq. foot facility with plans to build 13,000 sq. ft. We also are developing a BMX style bike Park. Thanks all for your contributions to provide a safe, clean, exhilarating environment for our children.

Formed in January of 2007, Roots Advocates for Youth is an official non-profit organization that focuses on providing lasting improvements in society with an emphasis on helping children, and creating a safe, modern, and controlled recreational environment for children and their families. Roots Skatepark committee is dedicated to planning, designing, fundraising, constructing and maintaining a 13,000 square foot, in ground, concrete recreational facility for the youth of Kohala. The construction team is lead by two members of the skatepark committee. Brian Sandlin of Abstract Pools and Masonry has over nine years experience in design and construction of in-ground concrete skateparks and has completed over 30 such facilities on the mainland of the United States, Grand Caymans, Caribbean, and closer to home here in Hawaii and on Oahu.

skate 020 smallKids are naturally curious and attracted to activities like skateboarding.  Skateboarding involves essential lifelong physical and mental skills that can be beneficial to kids both immediately, and throughout their lives.  In addition to these physical and mental skills, skateboarding provides opportunities to learn and develop self-confidence, as well as positive interactions with others.  Although many activities prove to be a healthy influence on a child’s development, that activity will have greater significance if the child has chosen it on their own.  Of the many different influences a child will be exposed to, skateboarding proves to have some unique qualities.  
   First, skateboarding is intrinsically satisfying.  Children are naturally going to gravitate towards an activity that involves the freedom of rolling, turning, jumping and the types of movements incorporated into the skateboarding experience.  The different heights, speeds, and technical movements involved in the act of skateboarding provide a natural environment where a child can learn to solve problems and overcome fears.  

Besides the obvious physical benefits of skateboarding, there are mental benefits as well.  The complex movements involved in skateboarding illustrate important physical concepts to a skateboarder.  Believe it or not, in skateboarding there are important rules that need to be learned and followed.  Some of these rules are unvarying (physical laws with real consequences if broken), and rules that relate to ones own safety as well as the safety of others.  Because skateboarding is so attractive to developing children, and it is an activity that they have chosen on their own, the lessons learned may be more effectively retained.

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“There is a lot more to skateboarding than just a board and four wheels. This is not an organized sport. There are not any rules. It can be competitive, It can be an art form and it’s naturally atractive to kids. It satisfies every kid’s desire to push himself to see if he can do it.”

Roots Advocates for Youth Contact.

Please contact Richie at:


Phone: 808-889-0503

Cell:    808-895-2909

Snail Mail:

P.O. Box  946

Kapaau HI


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Opening Day Roots Skate Park

LOKAHI (unity). Lokahi is the importance of living harmoniously with the environment and those who occupy the same space. It does not necessarily involve simple agreement with one another on socio-political issues, but instead refers to being able to live in harmony despite differences.

OHANA (family) once referred to the bonds created by blood. The word ‘Ohana comes from the root word ‘oha which is the name given to the tiny rootlets sent out from a single kalo (taro). Extended family is the western way to describe an ‘ohana, however, today the term has grown to include any group united by a single purpose. Being a member of any ‘ohana indicates a higher level of commitment than would be expected of a member of a club or hui. Implicit in the ‘ohana is the importance of keiki or children as the continuation of the people, and the importance of kupuna or elders as the repositories of knowledge and wisdom. In an ‘ohana, mutual support is an expectation.

ALOHA (love & compassion) is the acceptance of a person, not necessarily their actions. There are mechanisms within the culture that help to deal with problems that arise. Ho’oponopono is effective in helping to settle differences. The process of ho’oponopono can be employed in order to assist understanding and forgiveness.

KULEANA (responsibility, ownership, privilege) is something that must be taught. It is both a responsibility and a privilege to be a member of an ‘ohana. It requires that each person assume ownership of that ‘ohana. Each persons’ actions reflect on the whole. Each persons’ role is both defined and defines the ‘ohana.

MALAMA (care for, serve, honor) the land because it is an elder sibling. Malama the ‘ohana in order to preserve it. Caring for one another, for our homes, our families, our community, and the world is needed if we are to find true lokahi. Conservation and preservation are only part of the picture. We must also malama ourselves.

(cooperation) literally means “many hands”. In order to achieve our goals, working together is imperative. Social learning is culturally appropriate. Teamwork is stressed. Individual achievement is encouraged in as much as each person’s contribution helps the group.
Ha’aha’a (humility) allows everyone to continue to learn and improve. Being humble is not false modesty, but a confidence in oneself that allows you to accept others.

NA’AU PONO (upright & just) is the way that each member tries to live in order to assure that he/she will be treated with justice.

: To have a good time; fun; amusement.

MAKA’ALA: To be aware; alert; watchful, attend to vigilantly. “E maka’ala mai I ka hana” “Tend to the Job”

  • DirectorsBrian Sandlin ~ Originally from California, he decided the way to have the best parks to ride was to learn how to build them so he worked for and learned from national skate park building companies. He now has thirty professionally built skate parks to his credit. Brian is the designer/builder for Roots Skatepark. He is a father, husband, and local business owner. Brian is dedicated to building and maintaining Roots Skatepark.


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  • Dudley Caravalho ~ Born and raised in North Kohala, Dudley has always been involved with sports. He trained in water management in California and returned to North Kohala, securing a position with the Public Water Department. He has coached little league, basketball and paddling. His involvement with Roots Advocates for Youth has been integral with his lifetime connections to the community. Dudley has seen the effects of “Crystal Meth” personally and says “ I can make a difference for the kids and grandkids.” He believes a positive and safe place to recreate can make all the difference in a child’s choices and future.


  • about2Kimberly Lepold ~ Raised in a small town in Texas, Kimberly knows what it is like to grow up with few recreational outlets. When her partner said he wanted to build a skate park in North Kohala, she was on board immediately. Kimberly is a local business manager and the administrative force behind these efforts to build and maintain a skate park. She handles the tasks of administration for their non-profit and oversees fundraising as well as making sure everyone is fed.



  • skate 015 2Richey Riggs ~ Born in rural East Texas, skateboarding terrain was limited to what you could find or build. Richey wants the youth of North Kohala to have opportunities he never had growing up. He has been in the construction field for twenty-five years and has built several wooden skate parks. Richey is dedicated to building and maintaining this skatepark for the youth of North Kohala and their families.


  • “There is a lot more to skateboarding than just a board and four wheels. This is not an organized sport. Thereare not any rules. It can be competetive, It can be an art form and it’s naturally atractive to kids. It satisfies every kid’s desire to push himself to see if he can do it.”


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