Kauai Skate Ohana (KSO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization founded in August 2010 by skateboarders on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. We strive to enrich Kauai’s youth through skateboarding. Our goal is to build quality skateparks on Kauai.
Please come out and show your support for a project to renovate Kapaa Skatepark. We have over 25 artists lined up for KSO’s 2nd annual Skatepark Fundraiser Art Show. Saturday December 6th, Kapaa First Saturday at the new Kai Bar behind Java Kai, Kapaa. Silent auction, check out some killer art, help us raise some money to renovate Kapaa Skatepark. In loving memory of Corey Clifford. #coreywouldbestoked #sugawood
KAPAA — It’s not every day that most skaters get to practice their skills on a mega ramp — a vertical ramp structure that can, in some cases, span from 200 to 360 feet in length.
It’s even more of a treat, for those who are not faint-hearted, to take that leap of faith alongside professional skateboarder Danny Way, who helped to pioneer the use and setup of mega ramps — now a common fixture at high-profile competitions like the X Games.
But that is what happened on Saturday as nearly 50 people from Kauai Skate Ohana and the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kauai converged on Way’s home in Kapaa, where he built his own mega ramp, about four stories tall, in his backyard.
Have you seen the North Shore Skatepark at Anaina Hou Community Park promo video yet?
If not, you have to see this. Learn about why skateparks are needed on Kauai, how skateparks bring communities together, watch some great skateboarding footage and get inspired to participate in the effort to build skateparks on Kauai.
Thank you Bill and Joan Porter for allowing the current skate ramps at Anaina Hou to exist and for including skateboarders in your dream for the building of the greater Aina Hou Community Park project.
Thank you to Paul Clark from Princeville Chaperones for all his hard work in making this promo video and for keeping this dream alive.
Volunteers from Kauai Skate Ohana put in some work this past weekend to keep the Kauai Mini Golf Skate Ramps up and running. Mahalos to Anaina Hou Community Park for their continued support of skateboarding on Kauai. Get out there and enjoy the ramps! Remember to wear your safety gear and show respect to yourself and those around you, this is an opportunity that you do not see every day.
Mahalo to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America for the mention of KSO in their article regarding the Build-A-Skateboard Day in Kapaa with Danny Way Foundation this past February.
Recently, pro skateboarder Danny Way helped lead a “Build-A-Board Workshop for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kauai’s site-based program at Kapa’a Elementary School. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kaua’i consists of a number of school-based mentoring programs, as well as a handful of community-based matches, as a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii.
Way, who splits his time between living in Encinitas, Calif. and the Eastside and North Shore part of Kauai, mentioned that he grew up around domestic violence, drugs and alcohol. Through his foundation, he works with local communities, using skateboarding as an outlet for children, giving them something to do to help them avoid risky behavior.
Way and a few volunteers from a local skateboard shop, Kaua’i Skate Ohana, visited the site-based program at a local school, Kapaa Elementary, to teach the children a little bit about skateboarding, as well as how to put together a board of their own! At the end of the day, they each got to keep the boards they worked on.
“It’s my first love and it’s still my passion till this day,” Way said on Wednesday to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kauai members at Kapaa Elementary School, where he and Kauai Skate Ohana volunteers helped the children build skateboards for them to keep.
“The community of skateboarding and the community organizations that I was involved in as a kid gave me a second home essentially,” he added. “I felt like I was a part of a community.”
Way, who splits his time between his home in Encinitas, Calif. and the Eastside and North Shore areas of Kauai, said he now wants to provide that same opportunity by revitalizing the skate area in Kapaa New Town Park.
Please come out and show your support for skateboarding on Kauai this Saturday nite at Java Kai in Kapaa from 5-9pm. Get a wall hanger for the holidays! Check us out on instagram.com/kauaisk8ohana for a few photos of some of the art that will be available for purchase.