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  • Type: Family
    Date: 10:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.
    Time: see notes
    Location:
    2777 Kalakaua Avenue
    Honolulu, HI 96815
    Phone: 808-923-9741
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    Cost: see notes

Humpback Whales At Waikiki Aquarium

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December. 7th 10:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.

Come celebrate whale watching season with the Aquarium and NOAA Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary with Humpback Whale activities, so bring your keiki and have a whale of a time!





ABOUT WAIKIKI AQUARIUM
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

  • SeaVisions 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 as
    anemonefishes 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
    butterflyfish

  • Ocean Drifters Gallery features a
    1,000-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 exhibit
    is 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; rare
deep-reef butterflyfish; bearded armorheads; masked angelfish; and diverse
native 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 marine
    aquarium specimens

  • Husbandry and propagation of chambered
    nautilus

  • Spawning behavior, larval rearing, and propagation
    potential of selected reef fishes

  • Identification & treatment of diseases, parasite
    infections and other ailments of aquarium marine life

  • Coral husbandry, propagation and conservation

  • Hawaiian monk seal metabolic and bacteriological
    research

  • Giant clam husbandry and propagation


  • Sea jelly husbandry and propagation

  • Deep reef coral research

  • Coral Ark: archiving and husbandry of rare Hawaiian
    corals

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 fieldtrips, 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/Public
      Relations/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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