Wet'n'Wild Hawaii

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Wet'n'Wild Hawaii
Wet'n'Wild Hawaii logo
Location Kapolei, Hawaii, United States
Coordinates 21°20′06″N 158°05′16″W / 21.33500°N 158.08778°W / 21.33500; -158.08778Coordinates: 21°20′06″N 158°05′16″W / 21.33500°N 158.08778°W / 21.33500; -158.08778
Owner CNL Lifestyle Properties
Operated by Village Roadshow Theme Parks (2008-2013)
Premier Parks, LLC (2014-)
Opened May 1999
Previous names Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park
Operating season Year-round
Pools 2 pools
Water slides 10 water slides
Children's areas 3 children's areas
Website Official Website

Wet'n'Wild Hawaii (formerly Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park) is a Hawaiian water park, located in the Oahu city Kapolei. The park occupies 25 acres (100,000 m2) of land and has 25 rides and attractions.[1] It is currently the only water park in the state of Hawaii. It is one of seven water parks operating under the Wet'n'Wild brand globally.

History[edit]

On October 6, 1998, construction began for the 25-acre (10 ha) Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park.[2] The water park was the first venture by limited liability company, Waters of Kapolei.[3] Owned by dentist Jack Harrington and lawyer Brooks Cutter, Waters of Kapolei, LLC invested $14 million in the park.[4] The park officially opened on May 28, 1999.[5] In the park's first month of operation, it experienced 20% higher-than-expected attendance,[4] resulting in a total of 440,000 visitors in its first year of operation.[6] This saw the park add a new attraction just one year after opening.[6]

In May 2007, Wet'n'Wild Hawaii opened Island Adventure Golf, an 18-hole high-end miniature golf facility. The miniature golf course features lush tropical landscape, nine ADA-compliant holes, a putting green, surfboard hazards, water ways, waterfall, large ocean and beach area, mock fish and sea turtles, lava rock formations and coral reef displays.[7]

In March 2008, an agreement was announced in which the park would be sold to Village Roadshow Limited, making Wet'n'Wild Hawaii the Australian company's first theme park in the United States. The $27 million deal closed in May that year.[1][8][9][10][11] In early 2009, the company announced the park would open under its new name, Wet'n'Wild Hawaii.[3]

Village Roadshow's ownership of the park was short-lived. The park was sold to CNL Lifestyle Properties for an undisclosed sum in 2009.[3] Village Roadshow Theme Parks, however, continued to operate the park on a lease which concluded in November 2013.[12] Premier Parks, LLC will take over operations for the 2014 season.[12]

Rides[edit]

Hawaiian Waters wave pool

Below is a list of rides at the water park.

  • Hawaiian Waters
  • Water World Playground
  • Tornado
  • Island Racers
  • Raging River
  • Shaka
  • Keiki Kove
  • Surfsliders
  • Kapolei Kooler
  • Waianae Coaster
  • Big Kahuna
  • Cutter's Island
  • Flyin' Hawaiian
  • Da FlowRider
  • Island Adventure Golf
  • Fun Zone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b About Us | Hawaii Wet'n'Wild Retrieved 06.09 2009.
  2. ^ Zoltak, James (October 26, 1998). "Construction begins on Hawaiian Waters Park". Amusement Business 110 (43): 21. 
  3. ^ a b c "Hawaiian Waters sold, to be renamed Wet 'n' Wild Hawaii". Pacific Business News. 7 May 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Emmons, Natasha (June 28, 1999). "Hawaiian Waters Park attendance exceeding expectations". Amusement Business 111 (26): 14. 
  5. ^ "Wet'n'Wild Hawaii". Parkz. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Emmons, Natasha (June 19, 2000). "Hawaiian Waters draws 440,000 in first season". Amusement Business 112 (25): 22. 
  7. ^ Wu, Nina (2008-03-05). "Adventure park sold". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  8. ^ Honolulu Star-Bulletin, (2008) Adventure park sold, [1], article retrieved March 28, 2008.
  9. ^ Forbes - NY,USA, (2008), Australian operator buys Hawaii park, [2], article retrieved March 28, 2008.
  10. ^ The Canadian Press, (2008) Australian theme park operator buys Hawaii attraction [3], article retrieved March 28, 2008.[dead link]
  11. ^ Brisbane Time, (2008), Village acquires water park in Hawaii, [4], article retrieved March 28, 2008.
  12. ^ a b Silverstein, Stephanie (21 November 2013). "Premier Parks to take over operation of Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii". Pacific Business News. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • Park Homepage [5]
  • Da FlowRider [6]
  • Island Adventure Golf [7]
  • Village Roadshow Limited [8]