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  • Type: Family
    Date: JULY 2017 Events
    Time: see notes
    Location:
    2777 Kalakaua Avenue
    Honolulu, HI 96815
    Phone: 808-923-9741
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Waikiki Aquarium Family Programs

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FEATURED EXHIBIT/ - Amazing Adaptations Exhibit Opens!

Description: Be among the first to see a NEW gallery featuring seahorses, seadragons and pipefishes and learn about their incredible adaptations. Keiki crafts that give more insight in to these amazing creatures will be available from 9AM - 1PM !

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JULY 2017 SPECIAL EVENTS

Ke Kani O Ke Kai

The Waikīkī Aquarium's popular annual summer concert series offers visitors and residents an evening of live entertainment and food under the stars. The five-concert series is held on alternating Thursday evenings from mid-June through early August. Featuring some of Hawai‘i's top entertainers, ticket sales are announced via mailer to members first, then to the general public. Doors open at 5:30 pm, and the concerts begin at 7 pm Guests are encouraged to explore the Aquarium galleries that remain open throughout the evening and bring blankets/chairs to sit on the beach-front lawn -- making this major fundraiser one of the best, and unique, ways to experience the Aquarium and Waikīkī.

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The Future of Hawaiian Corals in a Changing World

Fri, July 14, 3:30pm -- 4:30pm

Where

Waikiki Aquarium, 2777 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

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Description

Join us for at talk by Raphael Ritson-Williams, a University of Hawaii at Manoa graduate student from the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology.

Corals surround the Hawaiian Islands and are critical for our way of life. Even though they are critical for our island life these are threatened by climate change and warming oceans. In both 2014 and 2015 there were widespread coral bleaching events throughout the Hawaiian Islands. This talk will discuss the basic biology of corals, the patterns of bleaching in 2014 and 2015 and then we will discuss the long term consequences of these recent bleaching events.

RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-of-hawaiian-corals-in-a-changing-world-tickets-35443378098?aff=ehomecard

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ONGONG EVENTS


Afternoons at the Aquarium

Looking for something to do after school? Every Wednesday, the Aquarium hosts an interactive learning activity near the Monk Seal Deck. Join us for a critter encounter or a marine science craft designed for families. Free with admission to the Aquarium.

Wednesdays 3:00 pm-3:45 pm

July 5, 2017

July 12, 2017

July 19, 2017

July 26, 2017

Behind the Scenes

Learn what makes the Aquarium run, from fish food to quarantine, and many stops in between. Climb-up and peer into the backs of the exhibits and see how exhibits are created. Visit the coral farm where and the Jelly Hale, where sea jellies are raised. The program will end with participants feeding the animals in the Edge of the Reef exhibit. Minimum age 7 years; youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. Accessibility is limited. Groups of ten or less are welcome. $12/adult, $8/child ($15/$10 for non-members).

Thursdays 3:00pm -- 4:15pm

July 6, 2017

July 13, 2017

July 20, 2017

July 27, 2017


Critter Encounters

Sneak-a-peek behind the scenes, and learn about Hawaiian reef animals. Hold a sea star, feel a sea cucumber and feed an anemone. This half-hour program is a great addition to any visit to Waikiki Aquarium. Perfect for families with children 4 and up. $5/person plus Aquarium Admission.

Mondays 9:30am -- 10:30am

July 3, 2017

July 10, 2017

July 17, 2017

July 24, 2017

July 31, 2017

OTHER EVENTS

Small Fry (aka Keiki Time)
Sharks, turtles, and seals are just some of the animals that will be highlighted in these classes for kids. Keiki will learn about sea creatures through crafts, singing, storytelling, dance and play. Designed for kids 1 to 4 years-old. $10/person, $6/member.

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Exploring the Reef at Night

Search for night-active crabs, lobsters, eels and octopuses. Look for sleeping parrotfishes, triggerfishes and day octopus in their dens. For the adventurous, ages 6 years and up; youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should be comfortable in the ocean, both day and night. $20/ adult, $15/child and $15/$10 for members.

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Aquarium After Dark

Discover if fish sleep on an after-dark flashlight tour of the Aquarium. Find the sleeping spot for the red-toothed triggerfish or the rock-mover wrasse. Are yellow tang always yellow? Come for a class followed by a tour of the exhibits. Minimum age 5 years: youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. $10/adult, $7/child ($14/10 for non-members). Pre-registration required.

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Meet the Monk Seals!

More sightings of seals around the main Hawaiian Islands have renewed interest in these amazing and endangered animals. Learn about seals in the wild: What do they eat? How deep do they dive while hunting? Do they really have fingernails? Then move to the monk seal habitat where Aquarium Biologists will introduce you to the resident seals, Makaonaona and Ho'ailona. Participants will assist with seal enrichment activities. Designed for participants 6 and up, but anyone interested is invited to attend. Groups of 15 or less are welcome. $7/person ($10/person for non-members).

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For additional information and to sign up...go to Eventbrite.com and search Waikiki Aquarium...or call the Volunteer Center at (808) 440-9021





LISTEN TO GREAT INTERVIEW
Interview with Hawaii Public Radio Business of the Arts
Listen to a great interview about Waikiki Aquarium's history, staff, causes and much more.

Founded in 1904 and administered by the University of Hawai'i at Manoa since 1919, the Waikiki Aquarium is located on the shoreline of Waikiki Beach next to a living reef and across from Kapiolani Park. The Aquarium -- second oldest in the U.S. -- showcases more than 500 marine species, and maintains more than 3,500 marine specimens. Public exhibits, education programs and research focus on the unique aquatic life of Hawai'i and the tropical Pacific.

The Aquarium welcomes more than 320,000 visitors annually, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Honolulu Marathon Sunday and Christmas Day. Admission is $12 for visitors; $8 for local residents and active duty military with ID, $5 for senior citizens and juniors ages four to 12; and free for children three and under and Friends of Waikiki Aquarium (FOWA) members.

MISSION:

To inspire and promote understanding, appreciation and conservation of Pacific marine life.

DESCRIPTION:

Founded in 1904, the Waikiki Aquarium is the second oldest public aquarium in the United States. A part of the University of Hawai`i at Manoa since 1919, it is located next to a living reef on the Waikiki shoreline. Exhibits, programs, and research focus on the aquatic life of Hawai`i and the tropical Pacific, with roughly 320,000 people visiting the Aquarium each year. Over 3,500 organisms are on exhibit representing more than 500 species of aquatic animals and plants.

EXHIBITS:

Waikiki Aquarium exhibits focus on the diversity of aquatic, shoreline and coral reef habitats and living communities of Hawai`i and the tropical Pacific. Among the highlights:

  • Corals Are Alive! interactive exhibits showcasing corals, their biology and conservation
  • Sea Visions Theatre shows videos that illustrate shoreline conservation and how you can be a responsible reef visitor
  • South Pacific Marine Communities features South Pacific habitats and species, including colorful reef corals and fishes,giant clams, groupers and snappers and intriguing partnerships such asanemone fishes and their host sea anemones
  • Hawaiian Marine Communities recreates Hawaiian habitats from wave-swept surge zone to deep reef slopes, and from young to ancient reefs; celebrates distinctive reef life, including the longnose butterfly fish
  • Ocean Drifters Gallery features a1,000-gallon moon jelly tank and a seasonally changing jelly wall that may contain white-spotted jellies, blue blubbers, sea nettles, box jellies and ctenophores
  • Hunters on the Reef 35,000-gallon exhibits home to Hawaiian sharks and jacks; shark interpretive panels introduce shark biology, research, conservation and safety. New Spyball camera provides up close shark encounters in real time on a television screen
  • Edge of the Reef naturalistic shoreline exhibit offering opportunities for supervised observation and hands-on interactions with selected marine life
  • The Coral Farm exhibit and working research facility for propagation of reef corals
  • Giant Clams exhibit and working research facility for propagation of clams
  • Hawaiian Monk Seal Habitat features the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal found only in the Hawaiian Islands
  • Aquaculture features moi, a popular food fish, whose numbers have declined in the wild
  • Coastal Gardens with native Hawaiian plants adapted for life close to the sea

ENDANGERED SPECIES:

Hawaiian monk seals; ‘öhai (endemic Hawaiian coastal plant)

UNIQUE SPECIES:

Pacific giant clams; Hawaiian stream gobies; raredeep-reef butterflyfish; bearded armorheads; masked angelfish; and diversenative coastal plants

CONSERVATION & RESEARCH:

The Waikiki Aquarium is a working research facility,conducting numerous conservation and research programs, including:

  • Husbandry, nutrition and behavior of aquatic and marineaquarium specimens
  • Husbandry and propagation of chamberednautilus
  • Spawning behavior, larval rearing, and propagationpotential of selected reef fishes
  • Identification & treatment of diseases, parasiteinfections and other ailments of aquarium marine life
  • Coral husbandry, propagation and conservation
  • Hawaiian monk seal metabolic and bacteriologicalresearch
  • Giant clam husbandry and propagation
  • Sea jelly husbandry and propagation
  • Deep reef coral research
  • Coral Ark: archiving and husbandry of rare Hawaiiancorare deep-reefrals

EDUCATION PROGRAMS:

The Waikiki Aquarium offers numerous education programs,including:

  • Interpretive services: staff or volunteers enrich the visitor experience with explanations of the exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on experiences
  • Self-tour opportunities for individuals and groups: interpretive graphics & exhibits, handouts are available.
  • School Program: presentations and docent-assisted tours for school groups, grades K - 6
  • Outreach and special request presentations for schools and community groups
  • Community Enrichment Program: year-round natural history field trips, classes, and workshops for children, families, and adults
  • Information services: staff answer questions from visitors & community on marine and aquarium-science related topics

OPPORTUNITIES:

The Waikiki Aquarium affords a number of opportunities to get involved through:

  • Membership: Join the Friends of the Waikïkï Aquarium (FOWA) to enjoy the annual benefits of free admission, 20% discount at the Natural Selections gift shop, quarterly mailings of our beautiful and informative magazine Kilo i'a, free salt water pick-up, and facility rental privileges at "Family" and "Family Plus" levels. To select the membership level right for you,please see the Visitor Services staff or contact Events and Membership Manager Raina Fujitani at (808) 440-9008 for more information.
  • Volunteerism: When you donate your time and curiosity to the Waikiki Aquarium, you are rewarded with diverse and challenging opportunities to help make a difference!
    • Education-- Docents provide on-site presentations and tours to elementary school groups and provide outreach programs for school and community groups. Interpreters at the Edge of the Reef exhibit assist visitors and provide up-close observations of Hawaiian marine life.
    • Live Exhibits -- Assist with husbandry, tank maintenance and feeding.
    • Natural Selection Shop -- Assist with stocking inventory and sales.
    • Membership/PublicRelations/Special Events - Assist with bulk mail outs & communications with Aquarium members, public relations surveys, record-keeping and special events.

AWARDS:

The Waikiki Aquarium has received several awards for its research and conservation efforts, including:

  • 2008 Keep It Hawai`i Award
  • 2003 Munson Aquatic Conservation Exhibit (M.A.C.E.) Award from the American Zoo & Aquarium Association (AZA) for South Pacific Marine Communities exhibit
  • 2003 Edward H. Bean Award from AZA for Long Term Tropical Pacific Coral Propagation Program

DIRECTOR: Dr. Andrew Rossiter

EMPLOYEES: 35 full-time, 36 part-time, 33 affiliate staff

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily (except Honolulu Marathon Sunday and Christmas Day)

ADMISSION: $12 for visitors; $8 for local residents and active duty military with ID, $5 for senior citizens and juniors ages four to 12; and free for children three and under and Friends of Waikiki Aquarium (FOWA) members.

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