Hickam Hanger Days - 88'-91'

Posted by Yong-Ki Chang on

The Hickham Hanger on the island of Oahu was a spot that most skaters went to at some point in the late 80's and 90's before it became the legitimate skatepark it is today.  Most of us had already made friends through skateboarding to obtain guest-passes to gain entry into the Air Force base (or we'd climb through holes made in the fence... not happening these days).  We would bring launch ramps and skate the few things that were hauled-in or hammered under the leaking roof that hosted heated Friday and Saturday night sessions.  We'd see everyone that ripped in Hawaii come through.  Eventually, a 10ft vert ramp, initially made for a pro-demo on the soccer fields outside of Pearl Harbor was brought-in to the hanger. Rich Nickla took photos of some of Hawaii's finest and they've recently surfaced... 1988-1991 or so...

Left to right, starting with a sitting Craig Pratt (blue shirt), Kenny Brimer on the chair next to him, Rene Matthyssen's back and a young Shawn Naone (green shirt).
Kenny Brimer
John Bala, big fs nosebone on the 10ft vert ramp.
Rene Matthyssen, Madonna.  Rene just got some well-deserved Chrome Ball Incident love too... 
Rob Carlyon, melon to fakie. 
Craig Pratt, fs crail-snatch.
Jared Bush... fs tail-grab.