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Family Fun At The Waikiki Aquarium - SEPTEMBER 2013 Events And Programs
Date: SEPTEMBER 2013 Events Events
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2777 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
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Afternoons at the Aquarium
3:00 pm-3:45 pm
Looking for something to do after school? Every Wednesday, the Aquarium hosts an interactive activity on the lawn. You can enjoy stories by the sea, or maybe a critter encounter or sometimes a creative movement session. The activites last anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes and are designed for ages 4 to 8, but everyone is welcome. Free with admission to the Aquarium.
Aquarium After Dark
Sep 13, Fri 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
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. What color are yellow tang at night? Minimum age 5 years: youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. $10/adult, $7/child ($14/10 for non-member
Spend a week of summer learning what lives in Hawaiian waters. What's the best way to learn? By doing! Snorkel, swim and explore the coast from Waikīkī to Diamond Head. After a morning of outside adventures, the Aquarium turns into a classroom. Learn about the animals in our exhibits and watch them being fed on special behindthe-scenes tours. For marine biologists ages 8-12 years. All students should be confident swimmers and enjoy snorkeling. $275/child ($325 for non-members).
Behind the Scenes
Sep 10, Tue(Class Full) 3:00 pm-4:15 pm
Sep 24, Tue 3:00 pm-4:15 pm
Oct 8, Tue 3:00 pm-4:15 pm
Learn what makes the Aquarium run, from fish food to quarantine, and many stops in between. Visit the Coral Farm 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. $10/adult, $6/child ($15/$10 for non-members).
Family Night: Circus Under the Sea
Aug 23, Fri 6:00 pm-8:30 pm
Family Night is here again and this year we are highlighting the weird and the wacky. Gender swapping animals, creatures that re-grow parts, fish that live in sea cucumbers, punching shrimp, beautiful worms and much, much more! Scientists will be on hand to answer questions, and share their expertise. Visit the freak show, highlighting the amazing array of animal adaptations. Enjoy circus themed performers. Create fascinating crafts, and your own "animal" adaptations. In between the activities enjoy the warm summer evening and bring a picnic to share on the lawn. It's fun for the whole family! $9/person ($12 for nonmembers), includes educational gift bags for children. All ages welcome; children 2 and under are free.
Meet the Monk Seals!
Sep 3, Tue 3:00 pm-3:45 pm
Sep 17, Tue 3:00 pm-3:45 pm
Oct 1, Tue 3:00 pm-3:45 pm
Oct 15, Tue 3:00 pm-3:45 pm
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. $5/person ($8/person for non-members). Pre-registraion is recommended.
Ocean Literacy Day
Sep 14, Sat
Our focus this year will be all about sharks! Join us for keiki arts and crafts, storytelling, and more as books about the ocean come to life with costumed characters. Sponsored in part by Aqua Hotels & Resorts and NOAA. No preregistration required.
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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 -- third 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 $9 for visitors; $6 for local residents, active duty military with ID, students with ID and seniors; $4 for youths ages 13-17 and persons with disabilities; $2 for juniors ages 5 to 12; and free for children 4 and under and Friends of Waikiki Aquarium (FOWA) members.
To inspire and promote understanding, appreciation and conservation of Pacific marine life.
Founded in 1904, the Waikiki Aquarium is the third 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.
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
Hawaiian monk seals; ‘öhai (endemic Hawaiian coastal plant)
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
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
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.
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: $9 for visitors; $6 for local residents, active duty military with ID, students with ID and senior citizens;$4 for youths ages 13-17 and persons with disabilities; $2 for juniors ages 5 -12; and free for children 4 and under and Friends of Waikiki Aquarium members
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