Fort Riley, Kansas



Families enjoy summer vacation at Aloha Nights

By Julie Fiedler | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | August 04, 2014

“Aloha!” Plastic lei in hand, a greeter welcomed attendees to Aloha Nights July 12 at the Custer Hill Pool.

Decked out in tropical décor, such as totem poles and inflated flamingoes, the event had an island vibe as golden oldies and surf music played in the background.

“Aloha Nights is our annual luau,” said Hedy Noveroske, swimming program manager, Fort Riley Aquatics, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. “It’s our summer pool party … just to bring a little summer vacation to families.”

Marshall Bender, 13, who came to the event with his family, said he liked hanging out with his sisters in the festive atmosphere.

“I like how many people there are here and the atmosphere,” he said. “(It’s) loud, a lot of fun and kind of in your face.”

Families could float in the pool, ride down slides, jump off the high dive, shoot hoops in the water or even wade in the baby pool.

Rebecca Shorter, water safety instructor, Fort Riley Aquatics, DFMWR, said it was great seeing families out having fun together.

“I’m also a military spouse … and I love to see things that get the whole family together,” she said. “I love to swim; And why not have a big luau at the outdoor pool in the summertime? It’s great.”

Alyssa Covarrubias, 10, said going down a tightly coiled water slide was her favorite part of the night. She was also looking forward to playing games.

Event organizers offered various games for different age groups to ensure children of all ages could play and have fun during the event, Shorter said.

Older children raced through an obstacle course with hula hoops and kickboards.

Younger children participated in a hula hoop toss.

Toddlers picked ducks from the baby pool and redeemed them for prizes.

“The little kids loved it,” Shorter said. “They kept pulling ducks out and grabbing prizes … They just kept coming back for more ducks.”

The event also featured a buffet dinner with pork sandwiches.

“The food is good,” Bender said. “I liked the pork sandwich.”

Overall, Noveroske said she was pleased with the ninth annual Aloha Nights offered at Fort Riley.

“I love it,” she said. “We’ve got a really good turnout.”

And the weather, Noveroske added, was beautiful.
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