Hawaiian Falls Makes a Splash with Special Needs Children

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By Jocelyn Lockwood

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Hawaiian Falls Water Parks opened all seven locations to children with special needs and their families Saturday.

From 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. thousands of people took advantage of the opportunity to play in a more relaxed atmosphere. Hawaiian Falls added additional staff and turned down the music to help accommodate the kids specific needs.

This is the sixth year Hawaiian Falls hosted what they call Champion’s Day, and they hoped to draw between 2,000 and 3,000 people.

It was the first time at Champion’s Day for Donnie Vacanti and his son Tony. “This has just been fantastic,” Vacanti said. “The staff has been unbelievable, the rides have been great and the kids have been great.”

Vacanti and others praised Hawaiian Falls for make the effort to help every child enjoy some summer fun.

“Sometimes we can be a little impatient here, waiting in lines,” said Kevin Smiley whose son suffers from Down syndrome. “They are able to put on an event like this, and it makes it much easier for us.”

“They have a heart, that says it all, they have a heart,” said Vacanti. “They’re willing to do what they can for these kids and give them extra time so they get to enjoy it just like everybody else.”

Hawaiian Falls says they have had such success with Champion’s Day, the plan to add an additional event in August.

Summer officially starts tomorrow, but the real heat has yet to come

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On the day before summer, guests use the lazy river at the Hawaiian Falls Waterpark in The Colony, Texas Friday on June 20, 2014. (Andy Jacobsohn/ staff photographer)

Saturday may be the start of summer. It officially begins at 5:51 a.m.

But if you think it’s sizzling now, just wait a few more weeks.

“Our peak temperatures start several weeks after the official beginning of summer,” said Jesse Moore, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

Moore said there are going to be above-normal temperatures this summer. He couldn’t say just how much hotter, though.

The high temperature is expected to hit 94 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area Saturday, with a low of 76.

Long-range meteorologists said this summer could be as much as three degrees warmer than normal, bringing high temperatures in the last week of July and the first half of August to 100 degrees.

But we won’t be reaching 100 degrees next week. The highs will be in the lower to mid-90s, with a chance of rain by the middle of the week.

Hawaiian Falls Attempts Record-Breaking Swim Lesson

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North Texas could break a Guinness World Record — all in the name of safety.

At all five Dallas-Fort Worth locations, Hawaiian Falls water parks will try to help set a new world record for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.

Hundreds of people are expected to swim in The Colony, Mansfield, Garland, White Settlement and Roanoke.

“The World Waterpark Association created theWorld’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ in 2010 as a platform to help aquatic facilities communicate the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim. Now in its fifth year, this global event, scheduled for June 20, 2014, has reached more than 50,000 participants and spread the word that Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ to more than 100 million children and adults around the world,” officials with the parks said in a news release.

The swim lesson begins at 10 a.m. sharp. Those who want to take part will need to register by 9:45 a.m. and then meet at the park’s wave pool.  Participants will have to pay to get into the park — admission is $19.99.

All ages are invited to participate and the lesson runs about 30 minutes from start to finish.

Hawaiian Falls promotes two North Texas men

By David Alvey
Mar 15, 2014
Clint Hill, left, and Evan Barnett have been promoted to senior management positions.

Hawaiian Falls is currently building new adventure park – water park combination parks and Aloha Event Centers in Pflugerville (north of Austin) and White Settlement (northwest of Fort Worth), both of which will open Memorial Day weekend 2014. Hawaiian Falls has doubled its year-round staff over the past two years and will employ more than 1,750 seasonal workers at its seven regional parks this summer. Read more»

Hawaiian Falls Has Year-Round Plans – CBS DFW

By Barbara Schwarz

MANSFIELD (KRLD) – The Hawaiian Falls in Mansfield and White Settlement may be getting a huge addition.

The waterparks are open from Memorial to Labor day, but if president and Founder David Busch has his way, they’ll be open year round and also become adventure parks.

KRLD’s Barbara Schwarz spoke to Busch about the waterpark’s plans.

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Modesty Matters 2013, Hawaiian Falls Mansfield

Modesty Matters was an event on September 7 at Hawaiian Falls Waterpark in Mansfield, Texas featuring two-time Grammy nominated artist Sanctus Real, Leah Darrow from America’s Next Top Model, and Hall of Fame wrestler and film/television actor Steve “Sting” Borden. The event was produced to provide an opportunity for our community to celebrate the virtue of modesty in the midst of the waterslide-racing, pool-splashing summer fun of a popular waterpark.

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‘Modesty Matters’ Brings Well-Known Christians, Hundreds of Guests to a Hawaiian Falls Waterpark in Suburban Dallas

By Lauren D’Avolio (news@gospelherald.com)

The Biblical virtue of modesty – in word, deed and thought – was extoled Saturday at a special event at the Mansfield location of Hawaiian Falls waterpark.

Modesty Matters at Hawaiian Falls, Mansfield.

“Modesty Matters” provided an opportunity for the community to celebrate modesty in the midst of the waterslide-racing, pool-splashing summer fun of a family-oriented, Bible-exhorting waterpark.  Celebrities included two-time Grammy-nominated artist Sanctus Real, Leah Darrow, formerly of “America’s Next Top Model” and current international speaker and Steve “Sting” Borden, a Hall of Fame professional Wrestler and film and TV actor.

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