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  • Family Fun At The Waikiki Aquarium&Nbsp; - November 2011 Events And Programs

  • Type: Family
    Date: November Events
    Time: see notes
    2777 Kalakaua Avenue
    Honolulu, HI 96815
    Phone: 808-923-9741
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    Cost: see notes


Honolulu, Hawai’i (October 14, 2011) – Fall in love with the Aquarium all over again. This autumn, enjoy fun keiki and family events inspired by the love of marine life. The fall schedule includes:

1) Marine Munchies, After-Hours Tour
Monday, October 24, 2011 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Monday, November 14, 2011 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Monday, November 21, 2011 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Monday, December 19, 2011 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Discover animals’ adaptations for capturing their meals and what they eat at the Aquarium. Included is an exclusive after-hours animal feeding. Feed a sea anemone. Watch the octopus open a jar to get its dinner. Then it’s your turn to feed the animals in the Edge of the Reef exhibit. Minimum age 5 years; youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. $16/adult, $12/child ($20/$15 for non-members). Pre-registration is required.

2) Ocean Arts
November 11, 2011
10:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Waikiki Aquarium will host “Ocean Arts,” a special arts and crafts event, to kick off the holiday season. Come to the Aquarium and work on holiday-themed ocean crafts. Let nature inspire your creativity as you craft gifts, decorations and holiday cards. This is a great event for people aged 6 and up; materials will be provided by the Waikiki Aquarium. Registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is $9/FOWA members and $14/non-members. Pre-registration is required.

3) Fish Watchers
Class 1: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Class 2: Thursday, December 1, 2011 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fieldtrip: Saturday, December 3, 2011 8:30-11:00 a.m.

Waikiki Aquarium will host a new “Fish Watchers” class for those who swim frequently and want insight into the marine life that they see. The class will be led by UH fish expert Michael Burns, as he shares his enthusiasm for ocean life. There will be two classes in total as he explains about the fascinating and strange fish that live on Hawaii’s reefs. The class wraps up with an optional snorkeling trip. Registration is required for this event. The event is available to those who are 16 years of age or older. The price for this event is $15 per person for two classroom sessions and $10 per person for the fieldtrip ($20 and $10 for non-members). Pre-registration is required.

4) Exploring the Reef at Night
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Friday, December 9, 2011 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Friday, December 23, 2011 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 7, 2011 6:30-9:00 p.m

The Waikiki Aquarium will host their “Exploring the Reef at Night” event for keiki. The event is great for anyone aged 5 years and older. Aquarium staff will help participants search for crabs, shrimp, eel and octopus. Wade up to your knees and test your night vision as you explore marine life and test your nocturnal vision. Registration is required for this event, and children must be accompanied by an adult. FOWA members pay $15/adult and $9/children. For non-members the price is $18/12, respectively. Pre-registration is required.

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

  • SeaVisions Theatre shows videos that
    illustrate shoreline conservation and how you can be a responsible reef

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


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

Pacific giant clams; Hawaiian stream gobies; rare
deep-reef butterflyfish; bearded armorheads; masked angelfish; and diverse
native coastal plants

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

  • 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

  • Giant clam husbandry and propagation

  • Sea jelly husbandry and propagation

  • Deep reef coral research

  • Coral Ark: archiving and husbandry of rare Hawaiian

The Waikiki Aquarium offers numerous education programs,

  • 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

  • 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

  • Information services: staff answer questions from
    visitors & community on marine and aquarium-science related


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
      – Assist with husbandry, tank maintenance and

    • 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

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

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

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