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