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  • Family Fun At The Waikiki Aquarium NOVEMBER 2019 Events And Programs

  • Type: Family
    Date: NOVEMBER 2019
    Time: see notes
    Location:
    2777 Kalakaua Avenue
    Honolulu, HI 96815
    Phone: 808-923-9741
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    Cost: see notes
Waikiki Aquarium Family Programs - NOVEMBER 2019
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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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Native Hawaiian Plant Tour
Thursday, November 7, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
2777 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Join volunteer Alice Roberts for a personal guided tour of the Aquarium’s native Hawaiian plant gardens, where she will be highlighting 16 of the plants. A complete plant guide book is available in the Waikīkī Aquarium’s Volunteer Office, or you can print out your own Hawaiian Plant Guide map for the tour by going to the following link:
http://www.waikikiaquarium.org/experience/plants-seaweeds/hawaiian-plant-guide/

Ocean Talks: Journey to the Western gates of Hōlanikū
Thursday, November 7, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Waikīkī Aquarium, 2777 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Join the Waikiki Aquarium for a continuation of our popular Ocean Talks with Dr. Keoni Wilhelm on his recent journey to Papahānaumokuākea.
On Thursday, November 7, the Waikīkī Aquarium will host Dr. Keoni (Hans) Wilhelm for a seminar on his recent expedition to the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. A Hawaiian Language, History and Culture teacher at Kamehameha Schools, Dr. Wilhelm traversed the Kaulakahi Channel this past summer for a research expedition to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to deploy field camps. He joined the NOAA Fisheries Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program and Marine Turtle Biology and Assessment Program. During his talk, Dr. Wilhelm will discuss the mission and purpose of the research trip, the work he conducted during his travels, and the meaningful opportunities he experienced in an effort to protect Papahānaumokuākea for future generations.
Register for this event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ocean-talks-journey-to-the-western-gates-of-holaniku-tickets-75241504365

The Hawaiian Ko‘a Card: A Coral Health and Bleaching Assessment Tool
Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Waikīkī Aquarium, 2777 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Join us on Thursday, Nov. 14th from 3:30-4:30pm in the Waikiki Aquarium classroom for a seminar by Anita Tsang.
"The recent severity and extent of bleaching events poses a significant threat to the integrity of Hawai‘i’s coral reefs. Colors on the Hawaiian Koʻa Card have been linked to the physiological state and health of common coral species. This provides a simple and effective technical solution for citizen scientists, educators, researchers, and managers to be involved in determining management efficacy, identifying resistant regions and species, establishing baselines, executing rapid response plans, and tracking coral recovery. Be part of the solution to make a difference for our coral reefs!"
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-hawaiian-koa-card-a-coral-health-and-bleaching-assessment-tool-tickets-77671374171

Waikiki Laulima
Saturday, November 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Waikīkī Aquarium, 2777 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Saturday, November 16th,
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
at the Waikiki Aquarium
The Waikīkī Aquarium is partnering with the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) District 6 (Waikiki) Community Policing Team and Jefferson Elementary School to host Waikīkī Laulima, a canned food drive for the Hawaii Foodbank and special family day. Activities include hands-on fun with Pigtails & Crewcuts, a creative LEGO display, and an education station courtesy of the Waikīkī Aquarium. HPD’s Waikiki Community Policing Team will also be on-site with blue light, SWAT and canine units on display for Aquarium visitors to enjoy. Admission is free for juniors (12 and under) who bring three canned food donations to the Hawaii Foodbank and are accompanied by a paying adult.
Free Junior (12 and under) with a donation of 3 can goods with paid adult.
All food items collected will be donated to the Hawaii Foodbank to help feed Hawaiʻi’s hungry during this holiday season.
For more information go to https://www.waikikiaquarium.org/interact/special-events/waikiki-laulima/

FOWA Fall Fest: Members Night
Saturday, November 16, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Waikīkī Aquarium, 2777 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Saturday, November 16 5:30-8pm
As a celebration of its valuable members, FOWA is hosting its annual Members’ Night event, featuring prize giveaways, live entertainment, and educational activities courtesy of the Waikīkī Aquarium, the Department of Facility Maintenance Storm Water Quality Branch, and others. Simply Ono and Banán will also be on-site as food vendors, with a portion of the proceeds going back to FOWA. This event is free for FOWA members and open to the public.
For non-members, admission is $10 per adult and $5 per child (4-12 years old).
For more information and to register go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fowa-fall-fest-members-night-2019-tickets-67094927735?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Kualoa Regional Park Cleanup with Waikiki Aquarium
Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Kualoa Regional Park, 49-479 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744, USA
Let's keep our ocean clean and healthy!!
Join Waikiki Aquarium on Sunday, November 24 from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. and help remove plastics, trash and other debris from the areas around Kualoa Regional Beach Park...across the road from Kualoa Ranch in Kaneohe.
Check-in will start at 8:00 a.m.  
Trash bags, gloves and micro plastic sifting supplies will be provided. Please bring water and reef-safe sun protection.
To see exact meeting location, and to register:
https://waikikiaquarium.eventbrite.com
Contact the Volunteer Office at 808-440-9021 for more information.

Paint for your Soul-pufferfish
Saturday, November 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Waikīkī Aquarium, 2777 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Description:Paint your very own Pufferfish to take home. Classes run from 10am-noon with all supplies included in the price.
$35 per person with a portion of the proceeds going to the Waikiki Aquarium.
Reserve your canvas at www.paintforyoursoul.com

Waikiki Aquarium - Summer Concert Series Ke Kani O Ke Kai - 2019 - see notes


Ke Kani O Ke Kai (The Sound of the Ocean) - As the sun sets on Waikiki, the Aquarium lawn will light up with unforgettable performance, a menu prepared by a signature restaurant. The event doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and performances will commence at 7:00 p.m.




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ONGONG EVENTS

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).
Mondays 3:00 pm-4pm

November 6, 2019
November 13, 2019
November 20, 2019
November 27, 2019

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.

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0am – 10:30am
November 4, 2019
November 11, 2019
November 18, 2019
November 25, 2019

Aquarium’s Top 5What 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 one on Mondays and Wednesdays. Free with admission to the Aquarium.
November 6, 2019
November 13, 2019
November 20, 2019
November 27, 2019


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.

November 23, 2019

Activity Stations
The Teen Volunteers will be hosting free, hands-on activities and crafts on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from July 9th to August 1st. Free with admission to the Aquarium.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from July 9th to August 1st.


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
http://www.waikikiaquarium.org/interact/special-events/lea-lea-little-planet/

Thursday, November 7, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm






Paint for your Soul at Waikiki Aquarium
Waikīkī Aquarium, 2777 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Celebrate the conclusion of Shark Week with the Waikiki Aquarium and Paint for your Soul!
Create your own ocean inspired painting! Just $35, includes all supplies. A portion of the proceeds will go to support the Aquarium’s mission. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
Reserve your spot now at
paintforyoursoul.com

10am – 12:00pm

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OTHER EVENTS

Hawaiians and the SeaLearn about the Hawaiians relationship with the sea. See displays of tools used by the Hawaiians for fishing and the natural materials they were made from.

Wednesdays 3:00 pm-4pm
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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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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).
TBA

For additional information and to sign up...go to Eventbrite.com and search Waikiki Aquarium...or call the Volunteer Center at (808) 440-9021

Afternoons at the AquariumLooking 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

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Cuttlefish Feeding

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Meet the BiologistAquarium Biologists teach are all specialists. Learn about their jobs, raising jellyfish, cultivating plankton, feeding seahorses, or growing and shipping coral. Different presentations every week.

1pm – 1:30pm
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Shark Feeding

11:00 am - 11:30 am

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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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