Motorcycle program for youths is in the works

As a second-year transplant to this beautiful island, I have been working on putting together a motorcycle program for disadvantaged youths on Maui. I will be establishing a dialogue with the director of youth services to kick this program off after having already spoken to representatives of the Mayor’s Office and Maui Economic Opportunity.

My background is I’m a longtime motocross racer (started at 15, will be 58 in July), and motorcycling has been such a positive influence in my life, plus kept me away from drugs and alcohol in high school. I want to pay it forward here on Maui by employing my industry and race team contacts around the world to promote motorcycling as a tool to reach troubled youths. So, in my mind, responsible land use is a great place to start.

My plan is to contact the officials in the May 18 article (“Dirt bikes etch network of trails into W. Maui slopes”) to establish a dialogue with them and hopefully become a conduit to the network of off-road motorcyclists here on Maui. I’m confident that by communication and compromise we can find a solution that works for everyone and reduce the amount of land erosion in the process.

My ultimate goal is to get Hawaii racers ready for world championship motocross. I truly respect the culture and want to see the Hawaiian culture represented on the world stage. It will help preserve the heritage while promoting tourism.

Michael “Rock” Rigdon