Started in November 2020 - in the middle of a global pandemic - Rollerskateoahu began with a small popup shop and a dream.
Rollerskateoahu's Melissa always wanted to start a skate company, but as with all things, life kept getting in the way. Throughout her moves from New York, Ireland, Scotland, back to New York, and to Hawaii, it's always has been in the back of her mind. Day job, social life...there was never a right time.
In November 2020, Melissa was given the opportunity to sell some new skates. At the same time, she learned about popup shops and markets from her coworker Ty. Melissa took the chance. At best, she would sell a lot of skates and accessories; at worst, she would sell a few but have a great time meeting other skaters and telling people about skating.
That first market, at Lokahi Kailua Market, did well, but more importantly, it generated A LOT of buzz.
A few days later, Melissa took the plunge and registered an LLC. A roller & inline skate shop was born.
In December, Rollerskateoahu was invited to participate in the Kailua Night Market, in addition to Lokahi Kailua Market. Surprisingly, all of the skates sold out. Every single pair that was in stock...sold.
Thinking that it could simply be the holiday buying rush and the magic of having a Mirror Ball in the popup shop, Rollerskateoahu stocked up for January, not expecting as much demand. Surprisingly...the skates again sold out.
Since then, EVERY market that Rollerskateoahu has been in has had lines of patient skaters waiting to buy wheels, check out accessories, and try on skates.
We're doing our best to meet the demand of Hawaii's growing skate community and becoming your go-to for all things roller and inline skate related.
We Love Community.
We love bringing people together and sharing our love of skating. Our rollouts have grown every month, beginning with a very small Halloween skate with only a handful of people in 2020, to the most recent one where we had at least 50 skaters rolling around Ala Moana Beach Park, along with a DJ and skaters teaching tricks & dances to other skaters in the parking lot. It thrills us to see families skate together, people bringing their friends into the sport, or simply seeing a new skater find her or his skate legs. Skating is one of those things where no matter how young or old, how fast or slow, what skates you use, or how new or experienced you are...you're a part of this community.