Hawaiian Falls

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Hawaiian Falls
Industry Water parks
Founded Garland, Texas
May 24, 2003 (11 years ago) (2003-05-24)
Number of locations 5
Area served Texas, United States
Owners Harvest Family Entertainment
Website [1]

Hawaiian Falls Waterparks is a chain of waterparks owned by Harvest Family Entertainment. Hawaiian Falls are currently operating in five locations across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area and Central Texas.

History[edit]

The Beginnings (2002–2003)[edit]

The Hawaiian Falls chain began with the groundbreaking of Hawaiian Falls Adventure Park in Garland, Texas on December 18, 2002, by David Busch of Horizon Family Inc, a California-based company that has worked with other water park properties in a few states, including Hawaiian Falls' sister park located on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Busch wanted to start a more community-based entertainment venue. The City of Garland City Council and the Parks and Recreation Board helped provide the land on which the water park was to be built. Construction for Hawaiian Falls began in January 2003 and was completed in May later that year.

Growth across Texas (2004-Present)[edit]

In 2004, Hawaiian Falls expanded by adding Hawaiian Falls The Colony in The Colony, Texas and expanding Hawaiian Falls Garland. In September 2004, Horizon Family, Inc. joined up with Herschend Family Entertainment in a limited partnership.

In 2005, Hawaiian Falls continued to expand by opening Bahama Beach Waterpark in Dallas, Texas.

After a year of management under Herschend Family Entertainment, David Busch bought back the Hawaiian Falls chain to form Hawaiian Falls Waterparks[citation needed] under the management of Harvest Family Inc in 2006, which included the three waterparks in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

In 2007, Hawaiian Falls Waterparks renamed Bahama Beach to Hawaiian Falls Dallas and also acquired its first non-waterpark property, Aloha Adventure Park located in Lewisville, Texas. David Busch also invested in two Pizza Hut Express franchises to operate at two of its waterparks: Garland and The Colony.

In 2008, Hawaiian Falls expanded once again by adding Hawaiian Falls Mansfield in Mansfield, Texas.

In late 2010, the city of Roanoke, Texas, entered into a Letter of Intent with Harvest Family Entertainment to build another Hawaiian Falls waterpark in Roanoke.[1] They later broke ground on November 22,2010. Hawaiian Falls Roanoke opened Memorial Day weekend 2011 with the Mega WaterWorld attraction, the World's largest water playground.

In October 2011, Hawaiian Falls entered into an agreement with the City of Waco to take over the former Waco City Water Park and transformed it into the new Hawaiian Falls Waco, which opened Memorial Day weekend 2012.

In December 2011, Hawaiian Falls announced plans for a $2 million expansion for the Roanoke waterpark and another $4.3 million in expansions for the other three North Texas parks to be completed by Memorial Day 2012!

In August 2013, the city of Elk Grove, California announced that Hawaiian Falls was preparing a proposal to partner with the city to build and operate a watermark in the Sacramento suburb on a 20-acre site adjacent to a planned civic center complex. If approved, construction would begin in January 2014 and completed by the summer of 2015.[2]

For the 2014 season, Hawaiian Falls will open up two new locations in Pflugerville and White Settlement, Texas which both new parks will feature an adventure park along with the water park that will be open year-round.[3][4] On August 6, 2013, the city of Pflugerville agreed on a development deal with Harvest Family Entertainment to build the sixth and largest Hawaiian Falls water park just south of the intersection of Texas State Highway 130 and Texas State Highway 45 in the city. The propose twenty-one million park will consist of a 15-acre water park along with a 5-acre adventure park that would become Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville, the largest water park in the company.[5] In Early November 2013, the city of White Settlement finalized with Hawaiian Falls to build their seventh location in the city in western Tarrant County, Texas, that will feature an adventure park, water park, event center, and an arcade center near Interstate 820.[4] Both Pflugerville and White Settlement locations are slated to open in late May 2014.

Locations[edit]

Current[edit]

Park name Location Coordinates Opening date Ref.
Hawaiian Falls Garland Garland, Texas 32°57′23.2″N 96°39′3.9″W / 32.956444°N 96.651083°W / 32.956444; -96.651083 May 24, 2003
Hawaiian Falls The Colony The Colony, Texas N/A May 2004
Hawaiian Falls Mansfield Mansfield, Texas N/A May 2008
Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville Pflugerville, Texas N/A June 9, 2014 [3]
Hawaiian Falls Roanoke Roanoke, Texas N/A May 2011
Hawaiian Falls Waco Waco, Texas 31°59′50.3″N 97°16′43.4″W / 31.997306°N 97.278722°W / 31.997306; -97.278722 May 26, 2012 [6]
Hawaiian Falls White Settlement White Settlement, Texas N/A June 6, 2014 [4]

Former[edit]

Aloha Adventure Park and Hawaiian Falls Dallas are the two former owned parks. They are both currently operating with different owners.

Park name Location Coordinates Opening Date Last season Ref.
Hawaiian Falls Dallas Dallas, Texas N/A May 2005 2007
Aloha Adventure Park Lewisville, Texas N/A May 2007 2008

Hawaiian Falls Garland[edit]

The Waimea Bay slide complex contains 2 body slides & 2 tubes slides

Hawaiian Falls Garland (Also known as Hawaiian Falls Firewheel) is the first Hawaiian Falls Water park in the Hawaiian Falls Water park chain and officially opened on May 24, 2003, in Garland, Texas. The waterpark sits on roughly 12 acres (49,000 m2) adjacent to the Spring Creek Forest Preserve and is visible from the George Bush turnpike, which broke ground on December 18, 2002. It consists of fifteen attractions: 11 water slides, a lazy river, an interactive water tree-house, a wave pool, and an activity pool, as well as a few food stands. The park was built for roughly $5.5 million by David Busch of Horizon Family, Inc., now Hawaiian Falls Water parks. In 2006 Hawaiian Falls Garland was purchased by CNL Lifestyle Properties for $6,305,000. CNL leased back the park to Horizon Family Holdings, which currently operates the park under a 27-year lease [7]

Slides
  • The Torpedo has two speed slides coming off a 4-story tower. Riders become “human torpedoes” and race down the slides at speeds up to 40 mph. Opened in 2010.
  • Waikiki Beach is a family wavepool that only goes to a depth of 5 feet (1.5 m). Opened in 2007.
  • The Flyin' Hawaiian is a yellow 60-foot (18 m) tall single-rider body slide that features a series of small humps. Opened in 2003.
  • The Waikiki Wipeout is a yellow 60-foot (18 m) tall body slide that features one giant drop. Opened in 2003.
  • Pipeline has two twisting, turning inner-tube slides for 1 or 2 riders from a 45-foot (14 m) high tower. One slide is enclosed, the other half and half. One of which (The enclosed) contains an interactive, state of the art music and lighting system which was added in 2012.
  • Keiki Cove is an interactive children's water treehouse filled with fountains, slides, climbing nets, water jets, and a giant bucket that drops 1,000 gallons of water every few minutes. Opened in 2003.
  • The Pineapple Express is a red and orange 4 lane downhill mat racing slide. Opened in 2003.
  • The Kona Kooler Adventure River is a circular lazy river with zero entry level beach with a portion of the river that contains waves making it an adventure river. Opened in 2003.
  • The Hawaiian Half Pipe is a two-person innertube ride that propels riders straight up, then backwards from a 40-foot (12 m) drop. Opened in 2003
  • Splashwater Reef is an activity pool the contains water falls, a log cross, and a zero entry level beach area. Opened in 2004.
Dining and shopping
  • Sharkey's Cafe is a small cafe located in the park that serves a variety of food choices including hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza, brisket, and other snacks. Opened in 2003.
  • Island Trader's Gift Shop is a gift shop that rents lockers and offers snack items, sunscreen, Big Squirt water toys and Hawaiian Falls souvenirs. Opened in 2003.

Hawaiian Falls The Colony[edit]

33°04′35.0″N 96°52′30.4″W / 33.076389°N 96.875111°W / 33.076389; -96.875111
The Pipeline water slide ride
The Kona Kooler Adventure River lazy river
The Waikiki Wipeout slides

Hawaiian Falls The Colony the second Hawaiian Falls Water park in the Hawaiian Falls Water park chain and officially opened in May 2004 in The Colony, Texas. It consists of fifteen attractions: 11 water slides, a lazy river, an interactive water tree-house, a wave pool, a water walkway, a private picnic area, and a private cabana area, as well as several food stands. The park was built by David Busch of Horizon Family, Inc., (now Hawaiian Falls Water parks), and is a joint public/private venture with the City of The Colony, TX. In 2006 Hawaiian Falls The Colony was purchased from Horizon Family Holdings by CNL Lifestyle Properties for $5,820,000. CNL leased back the park to Horizon Family Holdings, which currently operates the park under a 27-year lease [8]

Slides
  • The Torpedo has two speed slides coming off a 4-story tower. Riders become “human torpedoes” and race down the slides at speeds up to 40 mph. Opened in 2010.
  • Breaker Bay is a family wavepool that goes to a depth of 4 feet (1.2 m). Opened in 2004.
  • The Flyin' Hawaiian is a yellow 65-foot-tall (20 m) single-rider body slide that features an enclosed spiral. Opened in 2004.
  • The Waikiki Wipeout is a yellow 65-foot-tall (20 m) body slide that features a giant drop. Opened in 2004.
  • Pipeline features three orange 1 or 2 rider tube slides: an entirely enclosed tube slide, a partially enclosed, partially open tube slide, and a fully open tube slide. One of which (The enclosed) contains an interactive, state of the art music and lighting system which was added in August, 2012. Opened in 2004.
  • Keiki Cove -- an interactive children's water treehouse filled with fountains, slides, climbing nets, water jets, and a giant bucket that drops 1,000 gallons of water every few minutes. Opened in 2004.
  • The Honolulu Lulu is a three slide complex with twisting body slides. Opened in 2008.
  • The Kona Kooler Adventure River is a circular lazy river with a portion of the river that contains waves making it an adventure river. Opened in 2004.
  • The Hawaiian Half Pipe is a hot pink slide that propels riders straight up, then backwards from a 40-foot (12 m) tower. Opened in 2004.
  • Whirlwind 360 is a thrill ride with two slides that launch on top of a 60-foot tower launching two riders down two tubes that arc into a bowl. Once the riders do many revolutions, they will get out on stairs at the middle of the bowl. Opened in 2012
Dining and shopping
  • Pineapple Pete's Island Cafe is a small cafe located in the park that serves a variety of food choices. Opened in 2004. Pizza Hut Express opened in 2007.
  • Surfside BBQ offers a full range of grilled and smoked meats cooked fresh daily as well as Hawaiian “shave ice."
  • Island Trader's Gift Shop is a gift shop that rents lockers and offers snack items, sunscreen, Big Squirt water toys and Hawaiian Falls souvenirs. Opened in 2004.

Hawaiian Falls Mansfield[edit]

Hawaiian Falls Mansfield is located in Mansfield, Texas, which was announced on September 10, 2007, and opened on Memorial Day Weekend in May 2008. The water park sits on 14 acres (57,000 m2) on Heritage Parkway and Texas State Highway 360. It consists of 14 water slides, a lazy river, an interactive water tree-house, a football-field size wave pool, and a children's activity pool, a private cabana area, as well as a few food stands. The park cost roughly $10 million and was built by David Busch of Hawaiian Falls Water parks in a joint public/private venture with the City of Mansfield. Hawaiian Falls Water parks signed a 40-year lease with the City of Mansfield to operate the park.

Slides
  • The Torpedo has two speed slides coming off a 4-story tower. Riders become “human torpedoes” and race down the slides at speeds up to 40 mph. Opened in 2010.
  • Waikiki Beach is a football-field size wavepool.
  • The Tiki Tower Slides feature 4 body slides.
  • The Hightide Whirlpool is a funnel slide where the rider swirls around to the bottom and then gets flushed out.
  • Keiki Cove is an interactive children's water treehouse filled with fountains, slides, climbing nets, water jets, and a giant bucket that drops 1,000 gallons of water every few minutes.
  • The Kona Kooler is a circular lazy river.
  • The Coconut Sprayground is an interactive children's area filled with fountains and water elements.
  • LaLana Peak features 4 tube slides, riders can choose between an enclosed slide or half and half. One of which (One of the enclosed) contains an interactive, state of the art music and lighting system which was added in 2013.
  • The Pineapple Express is a red and yellow 4 lane downhill mat racing slide.
  • Cliffhanger tube slide.
  • Splashwater Reef
  • Hawaiian Halfpipe tube slide.
Dining and shopping
  • Sharkey's Cafe -- a small cafe located in the park that serves a variety of food choices.
  • Island Traders rents lockers and sells snacks, sunscreen, Big Squirt water toys and various Hawaiian Falls souvenirs. Opened in 2008.

Hawaiian Falls Roanoke[edit]

Hawaiian Falls Roanoke is located in Roanoke, Texas. The park was announced on November 22, 2010, and opened on Memorial Day Weekend 2011. It became home of the world’s largest aqua play structure which will include a three-lane racer, a family raft ride with several exciting body slides, one 500-gallon and one 1,000-gallon dump bucket, numerous interactive pulleys, wheels and much more. The park is was built by David Busch of Hawaiian Falls Waterparks in a joint public/private venture with the City of Roanoke. Ground broke for Hawaiian Falls Roanoke on November 22, 2010.

Slides
  • Beach Blasters is the world’s first dueling multiple tube racer where 2 two guest tubes are launched in opposite directions. New in 2012.
  • Breaker Bay is a wave pool.
  • The Flyin' Hawaiian and The Waikiki Wipeout two covered tube slide. One of which contains an interactive, state of the art music and lighting system which was added in 2013.
  • Hawaiian Halfpipe tube slide.
  • Hidetide Whirlpool body slide.
  • Mega WaterWorld the world's largest aqua play structure.
  • Monsoon and Typoon two body slides.
  • Pineapple Express
  • Pipeline Plunge
  • Rainforest River Adventure lazy river.
  • Rip Curl tube slide.
  • Water Walkway spray kids area.
Dining and shopping
  • Sharkey's is food-court restaurant that calls the original Hawaiian Falls building home, serving burgers, hot dogs, nachos, pizza and more.

Hawaiian Falls Waco[edit]

Hawaiian Falls Waco is located in Waco, Texas. The park is the fifth and most recent addition to the Hawaiian Falls Water park chain. The park was originally known as the Waco Water Park until October 2011 when Hawaiian Falls and the City of Waco agreed to a takeover.[9] Three times its original size, it reopened as Hawaiian Falls Waco on May 26, 2012.[6] The water park sits on approximately 14 acres of land, the largest of the five Hawaiian Falls locations.[10]

Slides
  • Breaker Bay is a family wave pool the size of a football field[11] that goes to a depth of 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m). Opened in 2012.
  • The Hurricane and the Tsunami are two covered tube slides atop the six-story Tempest Tower. One of which contains an interactive, state of the art music and lighting system which was added in 2013. Opened in 2012.
  • Keike Kove is the original Waco Water Park, that features one slide complex, (Tiki Tower slides) a water playground, wading pool and a lazy river.
  • The Kona Kooler is an 800-foot-long lazy river located in the southwest corner of the park. Opened in 2012.
  • The Monsoon and the Typhoon are two identical body slide racers from the six-story Tempest Tower. Opened in 2012.
  • The Pineapple Express is a six-lane mat slide racer that start out in enclosed AquaTubes. Opened in 2012, a week after the beginning of the season.
  • Splashwater Reef is a competition pool that was built when the park was opened. When Hawaiian Falls took over, three basketball goals were put up as well as an obstacle course. Swimming lessons are also offered and take place in the pool.
  • Tiki Tower Slides are two body slides that originated with the park before Hawaiian Falls purchase.
  • Waikiki Waterworks is a spray ground for families to enjoy.
Dining and shopping
  • Longboards Landing offers food and beverages underneath a large pavilion in the middle of the park. Opened in 2012.
  • Sharkey's is food-court restaurant that calls the original Hawaiian Falls building home, serving burgers, hot dogs, nachos, pizza and more.
  • Surfside Bar-B-Que is a small, outdoor shack selling barbecue near the Tiki Tower slides. Opened in 2012.
  • Waikiki Surf Shop is a gift shop located in the original Hawaiian Falls building offering water-park related items including sunscreen, towels and more.

References[edit]

  1. ^ City of Roanoke, Texas, Town Hall Meeting Notes
  2. ^ Richard Chang (August 6, 2013). "Elk Grove's proposed water park and aquatics center still in development". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b JP Eichmiller (August 6, 2013). "Pflugerville inks deal to build water park by May 2014". Community Impact. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Elizabeth Campbell (November 17, 2013). "Hawaiian Falls park expected to make big waves". Star-Telegram. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ Gary Dinges (August 6, 2013). "Waterpark, adventure park planned for Pflugerville". Statesmen.com. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b New water park Hawaiian Falls Waco to open today
  7. ^ http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1261159/000119312506088170/d8k.htm
  8. ^ http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1261159/000119312506088170/d8k.htm
  9. ^ Possible Takeover and Expansion of Waco Water Park
  10. ^ Hawaiian Falls Splashes Down in Waco
  11. ^ Hawaiian Falls Waco pours Wave Pool

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