The original concept behind Wet’n’Wild Hawaii began with Dr. Harrington in 1994 as he swam in the Pacific Ocean after being turned away from the crowded pools at Maui’s Grand Wailea Resort. Wouldn’t Hawai‘i be an ideal place for a year-round water park?

Twenty years later, Wet’n’Wild continues to keep it fresh for its customers with new events such as the “dive’n’movies” at the wave pool and dry movies on the grounds of Chief’s Luau. There are also new food items, constantly refurbished cabanas for a true VIP experience, and new rides and attractions every couple of years.

Looking for a white knuckle ride? Then head to Shaka. Reach speeds up to 31mph as you fly on a raft in forward and reverse motions on a giant U-shaped slide, plunging down a sheer 36-foot drop at an angle of 70 degrees—almost vertical! You’ll totally get the feeling of “zero gravity!” 

Not all the thrill rides are “adult only.” The newest and most popular is Waimea Whirl, a two-person, rainbow-colored ride the whole family can enjoy. Gravity keeps riders on the walls as they swirl into a funnel-shaped bowl before being flushed down a long slide that ends in a splash pool. 

A fun whitewater rafting experience for the family is Ohana Highway. Slide seven stories down the cliffs of Kapolei, winding over 600 feet along the walls, around sharp turns and descents of more than 40 feet!

What makes Wet’n’Wild THE place for families? The park has rides for all ages—26 in all—to relax and cool off, as well as get an adrenaline boost. And if you reserve a seating area or private cabana, it becomes your place to rest between rides, grab a mid-day meal or snack, or check your email using the park’s free wifi.

Choose to stay for an action-packed evening at the five-star Chief’s Luau and experience Polynesian culture, history and dance. Enjoy cultural activities followed by a meal of authentic Hawaiian food, cocktails, world-class performances and a fire show that includes the world’s only female fireknife champion, and world fireknife champion himself, Chief.

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