The center-piece for the pool’s “Hawaiian Luau Party” theme this summer was the now rather locally iconic, and colorful, “Kona Truck.” Think: slushies. (submitted photo)
The center-piece for the pool’s “Hawaiian Luau Party” theme this summer was the now rather locally iconic, and colorful, “Kona Truck.” Think: slushies. (submitted photo)

ADA/WAIKIKI BEACH — Remember when going to the pool was, well, um… just going to the pool to swim? That, frankly, when it comes to the Ada Municipal Pool these days, is just so passe.

At least it has been this summer, thanks to Ms. Sumner. [Pun intended.]

Ada High School graduate (Class of 2016) Ashley Sumner, who is co-manager of the pool, decided to add a little ‘pool pizzaz’ this summer.

How so?

Well, for one, think: HAWAIIAN!

That is, with all the airline problems of late, Ashley decided to bring Hawaii to Ada this summer. In fact, in June, there was a pool party with an “Hawaiian Luau” theme.

The luau is a Hawaiian feast featuring lively music and vibrant cultural performances. Since the Ada pool staff was, okay, a little short on being able to put on vibrant Hawaiian cultural performances, and such, they, instead, brought in the “Kona Truck,” with all sorts of exotic slushies, including their famous, or at least sorta famous, Polynesian Purple slushie.

What’s more, the pool was festooned with flamingos and Kona even passed out 50 brightly colored Hawaiian lays to the first 50 customers, and the pool passed out another 50.

Ashley majored in Early Childhood Education at Ohio University in Athens and is, indeed, in touch with kids, fun, and all that sort of thing.

And demonstrating that even more last week, Ashley helped spearhead the pool sponsoring a “Christmas in July Celebration” on Friday. This, like the luau, was tremendously well attended.

And one of the attendees was none other than, that’s right, Santa himself. However, given it was in the mid-80s, Santa decided to nix the big, red, wooly suit, for, instead, bright Bermuda shorts and a t-shirt. (A ‘Santa for All Seasons.’)

Besides Santa, some of the lifeguards dressed up as elves, and such, and Kenton’s WKTN radio station broadcast from the pool.

And speaking of Kenton, that’s where Ms. Sumner is teaching 1st grade now.

Ms. Sumner added that the last pool day this summer will be Sat. August 13, the same day as Ada’s Farmer’s & Merchants Festival, which will be going on in Memorial Park, just by the pool. That day swimming will be free, thanks to the Ada Lions Club.

However, it hasn’t been revealed who will be dressing up as ‘The Lion’ that day. But there’s a good bet, given it will be mid-August, that ‘The Lion’ will be dressed up in something like a t-shirt and leopard skin shorts.