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  • Family Night: Animal Super-Powers! At The Waikiki Aquarium

  • Type: Family
    Date: Friday - 8/29/2014
    Time: 6:00-8:30 P.M.
    Location:
    2777 Kalakaua Avenue
    Honolulu, HI 96815
    Phone: 808-923-9741
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    Cost: see notes



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Family Night

Join the Aquarium's Fintastic Four: Quicksand, Smasher, Invisio and Fission for an evening of unique animal encounters, arts and crafts and fun for the whole family. During this "Animal Superhero" themed event, guests can meet shape-shifters, super-sensors and animals with super speed and mega strength.

Guests are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy an action packed night with hands-on activities. Keiki can create their own superhero costumes, complete with masks and a cape, and then attend superhero training school to become Hydro Heroes. Superhero training will include cleaning up oil spills and removing plastic debris from sand. A photo booth complete with props will be available to capture your keiki's Hydro Hero transformation. Inside the Aquarium, families will meet with local scientists and learn about a variety of super-powered marine animals brought in for this event.

Cost: $9 per person (FOWA members). $12 per person (non-members). Children 2 and under are free. RSVP Waikīkī Aquarium Education Department 440-9011. *Space is limited.

Friday, August 29th, 7:00 to 9:00 PM





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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 -- 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 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.



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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