HONOLULU -- Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park opened a new inner tube
ride this summer called the Shaka!
The ride shoots up to three people down a 40-foot, half-pipe
water slide, back up the other side and then back down -- backwards
-- to the bottom.
There are no tracks or pullies, just gravity and a steep, wet
A half-pipe is a curved surface resembling the bottom half of a
pipe. Half-pipes are used in skateboarding and snowboarding -- and
now in water parks.
In this case, the half-pipe is coated with water instead of
plywood or snow.
A shaka is a local Hawaiian hand gesture using the thumb and pinky
finger, which signals good vibrations.
The Shaka! at Hawaiian Waters is suitable for adults and
children, according to Julissa Santana, who visited the park with
two neph-ews, ages 9 and 11.
"It's was a real rush for me, but I think it was even more fun
for them," said Santana, referring to her two nephews.
"It's better if you have an adult on the inner tube with two
kids because you get more weight and speed. It all works on
gravity," she added.
According to the park, the Shaka! ride gets going at speeds up
to 40 mph.
Santana said her nephews "had a blast" at the park, which opened
"The park was perfect for their short attention spans," said
Santana. "There were hardly any lines and this was on a Saturday.
We went on everything twice."
Santana said she also enjoyed the park's oasis, where only
adults are allowed.
The park can accommodate up to 5,000 guests at a time.
Admission to the park is $30 for adults and $20 for children. It
is about 30 minutes west of Waikiki in Kapolei on the H1
The park also has the following attractions:Waterworld -- A children's structure with water slides, water
cannons, fountains and mini-slides.Hurricane Bay -- A wave pool for body surfing with two- to
four-foot waves.Waianae Coaster Four -Water slides with two of them enclosed in
darkness.Kapolei Kooler -- A 15-foot-wide, 800-foot-long river.Big Kahuna -- Three double-tube slides.Flyin' Hawaii -- Two large water slides.Surfsliders -- Four serpentine slides.Keiki Kove -- Shallow children's pool with water toys and play
animals.Windjammer Food Court and Kaukau Cafe.Luau Lagoon -- A shaded area for groups, with catering
For more information, call Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park at
(808) 674-9283. The Web address is www.hawaiianwaters.com