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»
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
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»
Hawaiian Falls to donate proceeds to West ISD
By: Colby Howell
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.
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.”
By Dave Alvery – NieghborsGo
Hawaiian Falls will celebrate its 10th birthday at its original waterpark in Garland on Monday, June 10. As part of the celebration, the public is invited to help set a record of 10 hours of continuous sliding down The Rush, a dark tube slide with multi-sensory special effects such as lights, misters and music.
“We are so excited to mark this milestone with our friends,” said Hawaiian Falls CEO David Busch. “First, we thank Garland’s city leaders who had the vision to join us in this amazing public-private partnership. And we want to recognize the loyal families who have made our park their own for the past decade. Many kids have grown up at our park. Some grew up and came to work with us. Many have gone on to start careers and families of their own. We’re blessed to be part of so many happy stories.” Read More»
By Nancy Chumin – The Dallas Morning News
It’s good to be 10, especially on 6/10 when Hawaiian Falls celebrates its 10th birthday by offering free admission for 10-year-olds at all five locations, with a reduced rate of $10 for ages 9 and younger.
The water park is also hoping to set a record of people sliding down The Rush, a tube slide with lights, misters and music, for 10 consecutive hours, at its Garland site. The other sites are in The Colony, Mansfield, Roanoke and Waco.
Ten-year-olds must arrive before noon to get in free. Kids 9 and younger will need a special coupon, available at hfalls.com/bday, to get the $10 admission. Look for food and drink specials at each park throughout the day on June 10, too.
By Cheryl Hall – The Dallas Morning News
David Busch, owner of Hawaiian Falls Waterparks, lives for the summer. Since the first park opened in 2003 in Garland as part of a public-private effort, his business forecast has been mostly sunny. Read More»
By AMY STARNES
Hawaiian Falls Waco will debut a remodeled slide when it opens to the public Saturday, but a new 2,500-square-foot children’s play area will remain under construction for a few more weeks.
Hawaiian Falls, which operates five water parks in Texas, is spending $350,000 on the improvements and additions in Waco, company president David Busch said.
Workers poured the concrete base for the new children’s area called Waikiki Waterworks on Thursday. Read More»