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Family Fun At The Waikiki Aquarium DECEMBER 2019 Events And Programs
Date: DECEMBER 2019
Time: see notes
2777 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
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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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Paint for Your Soul
Sunday, December 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Waikīkī Aquarium, 2777 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
In this workshop, you'll have step-by-step instruction to create your very own Starfish painting to take home or to give as a holiday gift. 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
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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
December 4, 2019
December 11, 2019
December 18, 2019
December 25, 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.
10am – 10:30am
December 2, 2019
December 9, 2019
December 16, 2019
December 23, 2019
December 30, 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.
December 9, 2019
Aquarium’s Top 5 What 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.
December 5, 2019
December 11, 2019
December 18, 2019
December 25, 2019
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
Thursday, December 5, 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
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.
Hawaiians and the Sea Learn 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
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.
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
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.
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).
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 Aquarium Looking 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
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Meet the Biologist Aquarium 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
11:00 am - 11:30 am
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.
To inspire and promote understanding, appreciation
and conservation of Pacific marine life.
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.
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
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
- 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
- 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!
– 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.
Exhibits – Assist with husbandry, tank maintenance and
Selection Shop – Assist with stocking inventory and sales.
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
- 2003 Edward H. Bean Award from AZA for Long Term Tropical
Pacific Coral Propagation Program
EMPLOYEES: 35 full-time, 36 part-time, 33
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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