Naval Air Station Jacksonville children are returning to school with some amazing memories from the Back-to-School Luau Aug. 4 hosted by the Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) Community Recreation program. The event took place at Allegheny Field and the outdoor pool.

Activities included hula dancing lessons and performances by “Hula Halau,” a waterslide, miniature golf, bounce house, palm tree climbing wall, a live DJ from Progressive Entertainment, games, contests and plenty of back to school prizes!

The event also featured a special visit from characters Moana and Captain America. The outdoor pool staff hosted relay races throughout the day.

Also present were resources and sponsors from the community including Duval County Libraries, the Child & Youth Program (CYP) school liaison officer and Naval Hospital Jacksonville Wellness Center representatives. Navy Exchange employees offered free haircuts and hair braiding lessons. The Fleet and Family Support Center helped MWR support the Exceptional Family Member Program with a sensory tent and fast passes for families to utilize throughout the day.

On-site sponsors included VyStar Credit Union, AAFMAA Life Insurance, Ernie Palmer Toyota and Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

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