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Makiki Skatepark
Aka the Rat Cage

Public
Cost: Free
Hours: 7am-8pm daily, no lights
Requirements: helmets for kids under 16?
Directions: Located at the Makiki District Park

makiki This small cement park was completed in October 2000 after a hasty rush by Makiki council member (now convicted criminal?) Andy Mirikitani to complete the project, due to pressure by the parents of skaters who live in his district (see last year's accompanying article about the planning stage). Unfortunately, our efforts to redesign the park fell by the wayside, as pressure from the parents became apparently insurmountable (I don't believe it either).
rob carlyon Rob Carlyon lives right across the street from the park, this puts his home in prime location for a skate shop. Has he already opened up shop? The kids at Makiki will tell you that he has.
The park consists of a wide quarterpipe, a small quarterpipe jutting out in the middle of a bank, a couple of cement ledges, and a small half-pyramid with a ledge on top of it. Period. There's not much there, so don't expect a Burnside or anything. Even though the park is built underneath a bridge (ala Burnside or FDR park or even the old Kapahulu park), that's about where the similarity ends. Everything built was restricted by a height limitation, so the obstacles are about as proportionately small as the area it was built on. Because the park is built next to the freeway, it has a huge chain link fence surrounding it. It makes you feel as if you're in a prison. It's all part of the whole ghetto experience you get while skating around this park. The park is also built on a slant so you pick up a lot of speed going in the direction of the wide quarter and have to push extra hard going in the opposite direction.

On a positive note, the park has been well utilized since the day it has opened (and even before it opened), which should substantiate the construction of bigger and better parks in the future. The negative side of this is that there are usually 30+ kids milling around the tiny area at one time, often running into one another. This place can be fun to session, as it has a certain charm to it. Unfortunately, the charm is more of a 'I can't believe there's this little bank to skate by the side of the road here', rather than 'This is a skatepark, designed and meant to be skated.' The $153k price tag didn't come cheap either.

giddeon dungey
Giddeon Dungey can barely speak a word of english, but from what I understand, he makes up for it in ways that only young Korean girls could possibly understand.

nick yamasato
I want to say Fabrizio, but I think his real name is Nick Yamasato.

rating 2/5



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