Hawaiian Falls water park will host Heroes Week Aug. 3-7 and this year, the event will take on a broader meaning.
“We’re supporting all our heroes, and we wanted to go above and beyond with all the recent activity,” Leigh Ann Hatchett, director of marketing for the park said. “We want to honor all our heroes so we’ve expanded our definition of a hero.”
That definition previously included all active and retired military, police, firefighters and first responders, but now they are making the addition of all doctors, nurses and teachers.
“Doctors and nurses are on the front line, as well, and teachers are out there every day with kids teaching them how to be responsible, contributing adults and that’s going to help the community overall,” Hatchett said.
The park will be honoring area heroes by granting them free admission with the purchase of one regular-priced Big Kahuna ticket. There will be discounts available for additional family members.
The week will kick off Tuesday with a water-balloon battle between the Roanoke Police Department and Roanoke Fire Department on the Tsunami Soaker, the winning team will get free tickets for their entire department.
On Wednesday, Aug. 3, the park will begin with a salute to the heroes and the playing of God Bless America before the park officially opens at 10:30 a.m.
A portion of the ticket sales all week will be donated to the Dallas Assist the Officer Foundation, which provides financial assistance to officers and their families in need.
“We want to give this opportunity because [the heroes] don’t always have the opportunity to come out and relax and spend time with their families. We just want to make it easier for them to do so,” Hatchett said.
All heroes must present a valid ID and coupon which can be found online at hfalls.com.