merry x-mas & happy new years!

friends thanks for all of your support this year. keep on rippin' the pools and barkin' the coping loud. seasons grindings.



new york sightings

d-box hit up - rhps
roslyn pool, new york - rhps east coast sightings
our team
100% pool skater tee, wear 'em OR use them to clean the pools.
pics submitted by: chris v.



the general

photo: bjorn

last week the general had a bad accident at the north shore banzai skate park. he was doing a backside roll in and spun out and cracked his head. he received a bad skull fracture - luckily he is doing better and out of his few day stay at the hospital. he says thanks for sending him positive vibes and well wishes.

on that note as we get radical on our decks the last thing we think about is an accident like gary's. so why not wear a helmet for protection? for decades we were too cool to wear helmets, avoided the park police when it was mandatory to wear helmets and thought we were in-destructable. until now, it's time to play it safer. we are not preaching - "to each his own" - but a topic to think about.

we already have enough brain damage so why get more - keep your dome safe.

ps - anyone wanna sponsor us a few helmets? .............


grant's golden brand - new stuff

our good friends over at grant's golden brand sent over some of the best pomade. this is their latest addition to their line: Medium Blend. check it out: quality hold, easy to style, washes out in the shower and the BEST part - check out the scent name"Royal Hawaiian." support this brand.

perfect for looking good on and off of your board.

thanks grant's.


hawaii then & now

scott foss "tube time" at mellows/haihaone valley

og z-boy wentzle rumel dirt spray at stoker hill. mix & match vans with original t&c tee

the new lahaina, maui park

grindline at work in west maui

old to the new in paradise.


we still have wheels for sale

we still have a limited supply of our new "Shaka Fahka" Wheels in stock for sale. available in sizes: 55, 58 and 60mm. they are 99a hardness - perfect for bowl riding with the right amount of grip. designed to last many many many sessions.

price per set is: $28.00 plus shipping (5.00 for us domestic orders).

email if you want to buy a set:
killer for holiday gifts for the ripper in your family.


ps- ***shaka fahka t-shirts soon ....



after many good years of tsuyoshi's bowl - it has come to an end. in our books this was the best ramp, very fast and it felt like riding a roller coaster pool.
what's next ???? new sh*t of course !



style points

wanna look this good skating?
make sure to buy our gear!

just kidding here we have our handsome model the General at the banzai park sporting our latest goods: "Shaka Fahka" wheels and our "Vans collab shoe." he is also riding one of our 7ply masterpieces.



introducing: shaka fahka wheels

a project we have been wanting to do for a few years has arrived ..... so here is our take on how wheels should be. you want fast, long lasting, grippy, ATTITUDE wheels ... here they are: Shaka Fahka Wheels by RHPS!

We designed these wheels to work well in the pools, parks, ditches, masonite or just cruising the streets. 99a harness (not too soft not too hard) that retain their durometer with time. we were tired of riding wheels that wore out fast and sloppy in critical situations. we wanted a wheel that gripped during radical moves and slid when we wanted slash. the shape has a nice medium-wide riding surface and a classic tapered conical edge (good for coping contact).

available in: 55mm, 58mm, 60mm

price: only $28.00 us dollars.

if ya want a pair, email us at:

fahka fast wheels.



help hackett

our old friend dave hackett just battled cancer and won. we all know hack as the fearless slasher of the cope, he needs our help now. the after math has left him with a huge medical bill - 100k. if you have extra funds and the kindness to help out, please visit:

glad you are still with us dave, stay strong brother.


alva for the genreal

t.a. quoted from back in the day. who is insane ..... the one and only general. check this classic pic of gary - "micro micro" edger with scanner headphones and jimmy'z spandex!did he pull off the edger .... of course he did. fearless.


we get by with a little help from our friends



hosoi at the diamond head egg. gary front row seat - in your face. pic. matt charlot

fletch - surf skate relate. rolled with us numerous times. hated surfers but was one of the best of his era. an original

there is only one master. obey the mighty d.p. acid drop in the middle of palm springs. pic: jgb

an ode to the gravy days of the 80's.


thank you

to all of those people who helped out with our shoe project and to the customers who are purchasing the shoe - big thanks from your brothers at the RHPS.



details - waffle grip

one last detail we forgot to add about our shoe is that we did an upgrade to the waffle sole. the original waffle sole is inverted, the usual Vans sole has the diamonds concave - look at the picture, the diamonds are convex. with this new upgrade you get a better grip on your board and the sole flexes easier. so overall - a better high quality performance shoe.

details details details.


Announcing: RHPS ltd. VANS Sk8 Mids

Untitled from Scott Kinsey on Vimeo.

this week our friends at Vans are releasing our long anticipated: Royal Hawaiian Pool Svc. Sk8-Mids. we have been: consumers, fans & team riders for vans decades deep. the general gary was one of the first to wear vans in hawaii back in the 70's. during his first visit to hawaii, tony alva forced gary to buy a pair of vans authentics to skate in - up until then gary was still skating barefoot. mad dog told gary that everyone wears shoes to skate in - so you have to buy vans if you wanna be up to speed with the new sport. in the 80's gdog rode for the van doren rubber company for years thanks to everett & beattle rosecrans. prior to that he got shoes from vision (i know cheesy), he switched up fast to vans. through the 90's and 2000's we bought vans because they were the only choice for the RHPS. yup - we are loyal to our staples: vans and indy.

Last year todd stanley from vans hit us up to do a limited collaboration - we quickly replied - hell yes. so we designed this shoe around our: style, colors and attitude. the materials are tough pig suede lowers, cordura nylon uppers (the industrial material they make backpacks with), the new duracap technology and of course the legendary o.g. waffle sole. They are light, comfortable and built to last. The little details we added are: extra lacing eyelets on the top three holes - for quick lacing and easy shoe removal, our main logos inside & outside and a little "shaka" side label ~ this is our "tip of the hat" to hawaii. trust us we designed these to break in fast so you can lace 'em up and start rippin' !

So check this video by our friend scott. it showcases videos, photos and designs from our vaults. old old old footage and pics dating back 35 years plus. featuring the usual suspects. music by honolulu's original 80's punk band S.R.O. the song "hawaii" - come on ~ gary's brother is in the band and it rules. the video is for promo use only.

these shoes are available at select core skate shops from coast to coast including our home: hawaii. will post up the complete shop listing soon.

*this shoe is dedicated to the pool riders around the world.

the O.G. pool service and the O.G. waffle sole.

artie's pool last stand

one of the long standing permission pools of honolulu is on it's last stand - it may be gone by now. the pool was a quality roman ender from the early 60's. Skated on and off for the last 6 years. the general found the pool during one of his many searches. the best part of this story is that he went up to the front gate and straight up asked to ride the pool. with no hesitation, artie gladly said yes and invited him to a bbq poolside!?! yup that is how cool the scene is / was. we were always respectful and helped paint his pool a few times.

thanks artie for your hospitality all of these years.

skated & destroyed


max 4Q decks for sale

we just got in a very small stack of these very limited collectable decks for a very limited time. yup, it's the "guest deck" for our buddy max schaaf available hardly anywhere, so grab it now. max has skated for decades with power and style and his bike works are on the next level. here is our deck giving our "tip of the hat" to him.

we have a few left in 8.5" and our custom 9" standard pool shape. high quality 7 ply maple and quality HAND SCREEN PRINTED by chicken - no cheapy heat transfers. the price per deck is 58.00 plus shipping. we ship worldwide. email us if you want to purchase one at: royalhawaiianpoolservice@gmail.com

big thanks to max for doing this board with us!

shaka 4Q fahka



we've been waiting for over 2 decades for these. coming very soon.......

shaka fahka


old sticker

an oldy but goody from texas. empty pool sticker from the easy rollers.




way back in the day during the mid to late 70's in hawaii there was one pool in particular that was getting a lot of coverage in the o.g. skateboarder magazine, what pool you ask - the legendary pearl city pool. a kinked, steep and leaking right hand kidney was ripped by the brave. this was a permission pool, only thing you had to pay a fee to ride ......a few pocket shillings. here we have our old friend jasper warren blasting a classic front-side aerial. note his original vans eras and the norcon pads.

"hawaii pool history 101"


lance boosting backside. pic:bk

old school f-side carve @ ridiculous. notice hand on rail placement: style master. fedora hat ala mad dog alva. pic: b. frick.

decades deep - only getting better like fine wine.
tip of the hat to mr. mountain.



brothers from different mothers

old old friends of the rhps ~ the one and only "back to back world champ" pony boy (eric d) and the "pirate at large" (jason j). two of the best from the 80's and still hanging in there today. a little heavier and grey hairs but they still hold weight. skate culture kings who have been the blueprint for generations.

eric - best salad grinds (his signature trick)
jj - best anything to fakie (methods & andrechts/inverts)

photo: vans.

never grow oldy

the secret bowl of hawaii

fun little slash bowl built for the kids and the BIG kids. located in the backyard of the place next to the other place near the big tree with mangos and coconut trees next to it. if you get lost turn left at the corner store and head south for 315 miles or just call them at ph#888-get-lost, ask for the "no joke moke."
see you there for the session.



2011 "guest deck" - max !

so here are the details from our previous post...

releasing in a few weeks we have a special guest deck for our buddy max schaaf. long time vertical ripper and era correct 2 wheel builder, he has gone the distance and back to prove his longevity in the game. we appreciate max's creative work and skate history - so here it is, the rhps/schaax custom designed guest model. we wanted to tie the art into one of tv shows that helped define hawaii in the 60's and 70's. the one and only o.g. steve mcgarrett returns on the well known 4q chopp ripping it up in the green room drawn by our friend jason t. in a style that fits: r. griffin inspired. these decks will release in a very limited small run. collect them or grip & rip them. offered in various sizes at a handful of select shops and direct from us.

"buk um max-o"


neu wave

"Kung-fu, I've almost made it respectable.
You see I can't always get through to you so I go for your sons.
Skateboards, that was one of my good ones.
What's a few broken bones when we all know it's good clean fun?"
-Joe Jackson 1979



ninja man

one of the notorious skate architectures of honolulu. the ninja man of the night makes his moves - bert slash barefoot.

"take nothing but pictures, leave noting but wheel-marks"


"hollywood" back in the day

bulky getting down in with a stylish tuck-knee wheeler. as salba has told us many times - steve olson was the first punk rock skater (slightly before DP and associates). olson planted the seed to what has become the look/lifestyle of mall rats for the last few decades. note: one of the earliest suicidal tendencies sticker on his deck.

circa early 80's / photo: glen e. friedman

respects to steve


100% Pool Skater T-shirts

we have a small stack of these limited 100% Pool Skater tees in stock. sizes medium and large available in black and navy. printed in metallic "silver flake" ink. $22.00 us dollars plus shipping. we ship worldwide. email if interested: royalhawaiianpoolservice@gmail.com

stand proud in a crowd - let 'em know with pool pride (pool skater NOT street skater).


killer deal on decks

we have a small stack of these supreme decks at a good price. the new price is 45.00 plus shipping. we ship world wide. if you are interested in purchasing one give us an email: royalhawaiianpoolservice@gmail.com



new guest deck on the horizon

you know the show

here is the deck

an homage deck currently in the works to be released next month. growing up in the islands there was only one tv show that featured the 50th state, that was hawaii 5-0. steve mcgarrett, danno, chin ho & crew fought the bad guys every week on the tube. a very special era for hawaii (1960's-70's). some of the old shows featured on location some of the pools we later rode including the infamous poi bowl which the general gary got the tws cover. so this cheesy hawaii police show has ties to the rhps in many ways. this deck has special meaning to us as you can tell.

the "guest" skater is an old friend, he is a seasoned vet pro sk8r'. you all know who he is, rips the bowls and rolls in his custom vintage vehicles. who is he you ask? not yet - to be announced soon............

***this one will be a collectors deck BUT not at a collectors price.

buk 'em braddah


sept. 2011

we grew up with thrasher since the first issue. in many ways living in the middle of the pacific it was our only connection to what was happening in skating. skateboarder, action now had folded and tws was yet to launch. we studied the pics to learn new moves, mail ordered our gear and made home made thrasher tees ( we couldn't afford them). as the 80's progressed we became friends with the staff and did features with kevin thatcher (the original editior) and mofo.

as the sport progressed and we were the old, we read the zine less. but our respect to high speed productions/thrasher remained loyal. "skate and destroy" is still our motto and we still always check the indy add first on the last page. cheers to decades of showing us how to skate and live the lifestyle. r.i.p. fausto.

*on that homage note, the new cover rips. front truck nose grind by dill - a trick we will never attempt but radical by all means.

"shaka and destroy"


down under

our friends in australia check in with their newly decorated rhps "stenciled" ramp. excellent work - note the side ramp "neptune" stencil. i dig the checkerboard mock tiles. supreme skills by dave!

splinters and sweepers



an homage to our old friends sma. no biting here - just a simple design to honor our uncle skip. long live the sma crew. design by: k.j.