2018 People's Choice Award Winner

People Choice Award

The Island Waterpark will celebrate its 20th anniversary this summer with special events, new attractions and another milestone worthy of a big splash: visitor No. 3 million to the park. Sometime this summer, that visitor will walk through the turnstiles and receive a prize package.

The Island is scheduled to open May 20.

The 20th anniversary Birthday Bash is scheduled for July 20 and will feature fireworks, live entertainment, food and drink specials, and discount pricing. And speaking of fireworks, the Island plans to add four Saturday nights of fireworks this summer. “Our guests have been begging us for more fireworks,” General Manager Bob Martin says.

Guests have even more to anticipate at the park in 2018. All Friday nights in July will have have extended hours featuring rides under the lights until 10 p.m. Furthermore, the park will debut its new Waikiki Willies Lounge for parents. It will have shaded patio seating with ceiling fans, flat screen TVs showing sporting events, waiter service and a menu complete with pupu (appetizers).

In addition, the Island is adding a state-of-the-art sound system with an in-the-park radio station called Splash Radio. And that’s not all: the park is adding 20 more cabanas (some luxury), additional cabana servers and an expanded food menu. The Beachfront Bungalow will feature premium furniture, ceiling fans, a flat-screen TV with Dish TV, and power and ports for phones and devices.

When it comes to rides and attractions, the 42-acre Island is loaded with options. Families with small children enjoy the park’s most recent addition, ’Ohana Bay, a million-dollar play structure. Families also love the Tsunami raft ride, Martin says. It’s the tallest tower visible from Highway 99.

Teens enjoy the park’s Nature’s Furies and Hawaiian Adventures tube and body slides. And everyone has a good time on the Waimea Lazy River – ideal for relaxation while floating and listening to music.

The park usually closes on Labor Day but plans to add an extra weekend to the 2018 season. The final weekend is scheduled for Sept. 8 and 9.