More help needed to keep Waikoloa Skatepark rolling forward

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<p>From left, Nate and Laura Werneck and Richard Austin of the Transition Youth Projects, Brian Sandlin of California Skateparks, Sherry Davis of Waikoloa Community Development Corp., Christian Renz of Pacific Aina Management, and Lemmy pose for a photo at the skate park construction. (PHOTO BY CATHERINE TARLETON FOR NHN)</p>
<p>The Waikoloa Skatepark construction progresses. (PHOTO BY CATHERINE TARLETON FOR NHN)</p>

Bowls, banks and ramps stand ready for concrete at what will soon be the Waikoloa Skatepark in Kamakoa Nui Park. With recent donations of $1,500 from the Matson Foundation and $15,000 from the Atherton Family Foundation, among others, plus a successful fundraiser at the Blue Dragon Restaurant last month, Phase I of the park is moving forward towards an Aug. 10 grand opening.

“We are very excited to be getting so close,” said Sherry Davis of Waikoloa Community Development Corporation, the group organizing the skatepark project. “And just extremely grateful to the Atherton Family Foundation, Matson Foundation and all of our sponsors and supporters.”

The park, designed by Brian Sandlin of California Skateparks, will be turned over to Hawaii County Parks and Recreation Department when complete, and managed by Transition Youth Projects of Waikoloa. Completed in phases, the park will allow skaters to use the facility as portions are completed, rather than wait longer for more fundraising to finish the park in one total build. Landscaping for the project is the work of Pacific Aina Management, LLC.

Davis said that additional financial support is still needed to help finish Phase I and work towards Phase II.

“We are hoping to engage the community’s help in an interesting way,” said Davis. “We’ll be selling laser-etched granite tiles for our ‘donor wall,’ right at the park’s entrance. So businesses, families, churches, anyone who wants to see their name in stone as a skatepark supporter can do so.” Tiles will be available for purchase online at

Donations can also be sent to the same address: Transition Youth Projects or Waikoloa Community Development Corporation, P. O. Box 383097, Waikoloa, HI, 96738. Both are 501(c)(3) nonprofits. For more information, call Sherry Davis at 883-2748 or Laura Werneck at 883-3409, email, visit or find them on Facebook.