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  • Type: Family
    Date: MAY 2018 Events
    Time: see notes
    Location:
    2777 Kalakaua Avenue
    Honolulu, HI 96815
    Phone: 808-923-9741
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Waikiki Aquarium Family Programs - MAY 2018

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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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MAY 2018 SPECIAL EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES

Seasons and the Sea

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Waikiki Aquarium, Park at the Ewa (West) side of the Waikīkī Aquarium grounds

WHEN: Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

TIME: 9:00 a.m. to sunset (approximately 7:00 p.m.)

The Waikīkī Aquarium and the Honolulu Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts invite you to experience Seasons and the Sea on May 2nd. Visitors will learn about Hawaiian cultural traditions during this unique sunset observance set to take place at 5:30 p.m. on the grounds just Ewa of the Aquarium. The ceremony, performed by cultural advisor Sam ‘Ohukani‘ohia Gon III, marks the official changing of the seasons, from Ho‘oilo (wet season) to Kauwela (hot or warm-dry season). Guests will also enjoy authentic hula, chant, and mo'olelo (storytelling) performances as the sun sets into the crown of Pu'u o Kapolei, an occurrence that happens only once a year.

Activities include:

  • 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. -- Display and traditional Hawaiian lei making
  • 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. -- Display and Demonstration of Hawaiian weapons, fishhooks and lures. Lauhala Weaving. by G. Umi Kai
  • 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. -- Enjoy Hawaiian craft demonstrations. These activities are included with admission.
  • 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. -- Cultural sunset observance in the park at the Ewa (West) side of the Waikīkī Aquarium grounds. Free and open to the public

Hawaiian Plant Tour

Thursday, May 3, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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

Hawaiʻi Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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

Join us in the Waikiki Aquarium Classroom for a seminar by Sam Lemmo of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Office of Conservation and Coastal lands.

On June 6, 2017, Governor David Ige signed Act 32 Session Laws of Hawaii, 2017 making Hawai‘i the first state to enact legislation implementing parts of the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement was signed by 195 nations on November 4, 2016, and is the largest concerted global effort to combat climate change to date.

Unprecedented warming of the atmosphere due to greenhouse gas emissions poses a significant threat to the people of our State. That is why we are fully committed to confronting climate change by systematically reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving our resiliency to its deleterious effects utilizing the principles and contributing to the goals set by the Paris Agreement.

To better understand the effects of climate change and seal level rise on island communities, a Hawaii Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report (SLR Report) was completed in December 2017. The SLR Report was prepared to provide a statewide assessment of exposure to sea level rise and its potential social, economic, and environmental impacts ion our island state.

Modeling coastal hazards with sea level rise is based on the projections of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report 5 (IPCC 2014) that predict over 3 feet of sea level rise by the end of the century in a "business as usual" greenhouse gas emissions scenario. However, because projections are continually being updated and often accelerated due to ice sheet instability, we suggest moving towards a process that incorporates 3.2 feet of sea level rise into present planning considerations.

A Hawaii based team has created a Sea Level Rise Exposure Area (SLR-XA) which depicts the area exposed to potential chronic flooding and land loss based on modeling passive flooding, annual high wave flooding, and coastal erosion with sea level rise. The report monetizes assets impacts within the SLR-XA and provides recommendations for adaptation.

It is anticipated that the report will have a major impact on the coastal planning industry and will serve as a model for island nations for assessing threats due to sea level rise.

Join Alice Roberts for a personal guided tour of the Aquarium's native Hawaiian plant gardens.

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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

May 2, 2018

May 9, 2018

May 16, 2018

May 23, 2018

May 30, 2018

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

May 3, 2018

May 10, 2018

May 17, 2018

May 24, 2018

May 31, 2018

Hawaiian Reef Animals

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.


May 7, 2018

May 14, 2018

May 21, 2018

May 28, 2018

Hawaiian Plant Guided Tour

Join Alice Roberts for a personal guided tour of the Aquarium's native Hawaiian plant gardens. A complete plant guide with 67 plants is also available in the Waikīkī Aquarium's Volunteer Office. You can print out your own Hawaiian Plant Guide map by going to this link: Click Here

First Thursday of the Month

MAY 3rd, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

OTHER EVENTS

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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Aquarium's Top 5

What animals are the most interesting to guests? Learn a little about the longest lived giant clam in captivity, those weird and wonderful seahorses, the most endangered seal in the world, and fish unique to Waikīkī Aquarium. Drop in for this short presentation at noon on Wednesdays. Free with admission to the Aquarium.

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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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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

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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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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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