Kailua skatepark set to benefit from merchant generosity

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The skate park in Kailua District Park doesn’t have a lot of equipment right now, but it will be completely transformed soon.

All thanks to a generous donation from Chuck Mitsui and the Hawaii Association of Skateboarders.

Mitsui, who is also the founder of the 808 Skate shop in Kailua, donates $ 130,000 to the city to renovate the Windward Park in Oahu.

Construction is expected to begin later this month and according to renderings, skaters are lining up to receive a park that includes a fluid arrangement of ramps and rails.

“No more smaller obstacles, nothing is over three feet,” Mitsui explained. “It’s a very small space and we want it to be friendly for beginners and young skaters and I think that’s who will use it the most.”

The improvements are good news for park regulars.

“I actually heard about it a few years ago and was wondering if he was ever going to do it, so I’m glad they finally do,” said Matthew Vincent, a Kailua resident.

Mitsui has modernized its facilities across the island, including at Ewa Beach, Makiki and Keolu.

Each time, he provides the financing, design, equipment and installation, which is fully authorized. The city just has to give the green light.

“I figured out how to do the process and follow it,” Mitsui said. “It’s just that the people at the top understand that it’s a good thing and that they should approve of it and I’m not trying to do anything other than serve the community.”

Once the Kailua project is completed, Mitsui aims for improvements to the Kahuku rink.

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