1416 Keolu Drive
Kailua Oahu, HI 96734
7AM - 7PM
Keolu Hills Neighborhood Skatepark, in Kailua on the Windward side of Oahu, is a 15,000 square feet skateboarding facility, will be officially dedicated to the public at the Grand Opening ceremony Saturday, February 23, at 10 a.m. with Mayor Jeremy Harris and other elected officials participating. The skatepark is located at 1416 Keolu Drive, next to Keolu Elementary School.
The stand-alone facility is ADA accessible and complete with built-in bowls, quarterpipes, rails, benches and ramps. Contractor of the facility is Alan Shintani, Inc. The skatepark was designed by Kodama Okamoto Architects, Inc. with the assistance of skateboarder/consultant Chuck Mitsui, who is also the owner of 808 Skate and President of the Association of Skateboarders Hawaii.
A fairly promising design which probably looked better on paper than an overly crowded park full of kids. Believe it or not, at a mere 15,000 square feet, this is the largest public skatepark on Oahu to date. The transitions were formed using solid cement - this is a first. Some sections are about 6' high. The cement work is lumpy but a bit more true to radius than Millilani. Not much carving will be going on in these open U-shaped bowls, the flow is more of a hip-transfer crash course layout. Drains in these parks would allow obstacles to be enclosed and collisions into other skaters would be minimized. Why do all the parks in Hawaii to date have such a rough finish? Obviously, the contractors have not figured out how, or that, everything should be highly wet-polished like a smooth parking garage. Keolu is a first for Oahu, with rounded capsuled bowls and organic slug-shaped obstacles. After a nice rainy day the 'uphill' capsule fills with foot or two of water - displaying the shoddy craftsmanship of the park.
Free Skatepark and No Pads Required