Memorial donation to provide swim lessons at Hawaiian Falls

Waco Tribune-Herald

Kay Van Wey (left), owner of Van Wey Law, presents a check to Hawaiian Falls general manager Shawn Welch (right). With them are Lynn Anderson (second from left) and Cassandra Calhoun, both of Waco, the grandparents of Sir’Lemuel Calhoun. Photo by Ken Sury.

Hawaiian Falls Waco waterpark received a $5,000 donation from Dallas-based Van Wey Law in memory of a young drowning victim.

The financial gift, which is designated for water safety, will enable Hawaiian Falls to offer free swim lessons Aug. 3-13 for disadvantaged children ages 3 to 13.

Kay Van Wey, a personal injury attorney and owner of Van Wey Law, represented Yoshicka Calhoun, the mother of 12-year-old drowning victim Sir’Lemuel Calhoun, in a lawsuit after Sir’Lemuel drowned at an area park in June 2014.

Van Wey presented the check to Hawaiian Falls Waco general manager Shawn Welch, who said Hawaiian Falls has hosted swim lessons for years and makes water safety a priority.

“We want to support organizations like Hawaiian Falls that create and promote a culture of safety,” Van Wey said.

Mission Waco is working with Hawaiian Falls to identify and reach out to families in need of the free swim lessons.

To register for the free lessons, contact Welch at or 892-0222.

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»

Polar Plunge raises a cool $7,000 for Special Olympics


Staff photos— Rod Aydelotte Participants in the fourth annual Polar Plunge at Waco’s Hawaiian Falls Waterpark jump into frigid waters Saturday, having raised $7,000 in pledges to benefit Special Olympics Texas. The event attracted four dozen people.

On a cloudy, cold Saturday morning perfect for curling up by a nice fire, 46 local residents decided instead to go swimming.

Outdoors. In 29-degree water.

Dressed in all manner of colorful clothes and costumes — including a leprechaun and a bearded strongman in a tutu — they took turns jumping into the frigid waters at Waco’s Hawaiian Falls Waterpark.

The event was the fourth annual Polar Plunge, a fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics Texas. Read More»

Hawaiian Falls to Host 4th Annual Polar Plunge

By David Alvey

February 8th event to benefit Special Olympics of Texas

Hawaiian Falls will host the 4th Annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 8th at 900 Lake Shore Drive in Waco for folks who are willing to be “freezing for a reason.” The coolest event of the year benefits the Special Olympics of Texas (SOTX). Participants raise pledges to jump into the unheated pool regardless of the weather conditions or outside temperature. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with the Plunge at 11 a.m. sharp. Continue reading

Hawaiian Falls has our community’s best interest in mind – Waco Tribune-Herald

Guest columnist: David Alvey

Judging from one reader’s May 28 letter, some may be unaware of how much Hawaiian Falls gives back to the community. We believe in serving others while being humble in our efforts. But we want critics of the park that we manage with the city of Waco to know we are indeed listening and we care very much about our community.

In 2012, our first operating season in Waco, Hawaiian Falls provided more than 10,000 complimentary tickets to 50 local charitable institutions and families at the Waco park. We will continue to support these institutions and will humbly serve others, too.

In our first week of operation this season, we provided 350 free tickets for soldiers and their families on Memorial Day. We’re also providing 800 free tickets for the children of West. We hosted a Splash 4 West fundraiser at our Waco park on Friday where 100 percent of the money raised will go to West ISD.

In December, Hawaiian Falls invited the public to nominate deserving families for our Christmas Blessings program. Read More»

Hundreds from West enjoy day in the sun – KWKT FOX 44

Hawaiian Falls to donate proceeds to West ISD

By: Colby Howell

Hawaiian Falls, Waco

WACO, TX — A local waterpark hosted a fun day in the sun for the town of West.

Hawaiian Falls in Waco will be donating money from Friday’s event to West ISD.

The park let kids from the district in for free and offered a generous discount to all other residents of West.

First responders of the April 17th fertilizer blast were also in attendance.

Park managers said it’s an easy way to help the community.

The gates opened at 10:30 a.m and by noon, hundreds were already getting wet.

“We’re donating a portion of our front gate proceeds to the town of West,” said Evan Barnett, manager of Hawaiian Falls. “We’re doing it in part to give back. We are about the community. We are about fun. We just want to give one day where they don’t have to worry about anything. They can just come out and have a good day with their families.”

West ISD needs money to help replace two schools and a football field destroyed or severely affected by the explosion.

Splash 4 West Day at Hawaiian Falls Waco to benefit West ISD

Hawaiian Falls Waco is hosting a special day at the water park to raise funds for the West Independent School District from 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday, June 7.

WACO, Texas (May 24, 2013) – Hawaiian Falls Waco is hosting a special day at the waterpark to raise funds for the West Independent School District from 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday, June 7.

“Our hearts go out to the residents of West,” said Hawaiian Falls CEO David Busch. “We wanted to host a fundraiser to help the kids impacted by the recent tragedy, but, more importantly, we want to give the people of West a day where they can just have fun together. Our company’s mission is to bring families closer together and Splash 4 West is a great opportunity to create happy memories.”

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