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Ten-year-old Jules Cornelius, already a standout, shows folks how to skate the deep bowl. (PHOTO BY SARAH ANDERSON| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Kealia Subiano is excited to have the skate park in town. (PHOTO BY SARAH ANDERSON| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Brian Sandlin, who led the design and construction effort, was awarded a custom koa skateboard from Veteran Skateboards as a mahalo gift at the skate park opening on Aug. 23. (PHOTO BY SARAH ANDERSON| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Mayor Billy Kenoi greeted the crowd and praised the community for their commitment and effort in getting the park built. (PHOTO BY SARAH ANDERSON| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Community leader and taro farmer, Jim Cain, his wife Gretchen and their daughter Lia Gregory. Jim Cain and his ‘ohana were the motivating force behind the community effort that got the skate park built. (PHOTO BY SARAH ANDERSON| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Deacon Larry Ignacio addresses the crowd of skaters in front of the maile lei at the Honokaa skate park opening on Aug. 23. (PHOTO BY SARAH ANDERSON| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Deacon Larry Ignacio blesses the skate park and the skaters at the skate park opening on Aug. 23. (PHOTO BY SARAH ANDERSON| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Gretchen and Jim Cain, Mayor Billy Kenoi, County Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter and Malama Market manager, Robert Sterling, stand at the edge of “the Pipeline of skateparks” and “the best skate park on the island” as described in the opening speeches at the skate park opening on Aug. 23. (PHOTO BY SARAH ANDERSON| SPECIAL TO NHN)
Brian Sandlin and Richard “Wiggy” Austin with Brian’s two boys, Jaden and Julian. Sandlin led the design and construction of the park along with expertise and hard labor from Austin. (PHOTO BY SARAH ANDERSON| SPECIAL TO NHN)

Skateboarders and spectators joined in the opening of the Honokaa Skate Park on Aug. 23. Attending the event were Mayor Billy Kenoi, Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter, community leader Jim Cain, park designer Brian Sandlin and Malama Market manager Robert Sterling.