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  • Family Fun At The Waikiki Aquarium FEBRUARY 2020 Events And Programs

  • Type: Family
    Date: FEBRUARY 2020
    Time: see notes
    2777 Kalakaua Avenue
    Honolulu, HI 96815
    Phone: 808-923-9741
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Waikiki Aquarium Family Programs - FEBRUARY 2020
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FEATURED EXHIBIT/ - Amazing Adaptations Exhibit!
Description:The Amazing Adaptations Gallery displays a diverse collection of seahorses, seadragons and pipefishes. These fishes are members of an unusual fish family, known as family Syngnathidae, and share some unusual characteristics. Perhaps most notably, the male fishes in this family carry the eggs and the females show no parental care. Some species even exhibit true male pregnancy and are the only animals known to do so. Other characteristics of these fish include elongated bodies enclosed in bony armor, tubular fused snouts, and the need to eat almost continuously due to the lack of a stomach. There are nearly 200 known pipefish species, 47 known seahorse species, and only two known seadragon species.

Extending over 60 feet of gallery wall and holding over 3,000-gallons of water, the gallery includes nine exhibits that display species ranging from local Hawaiian pipefishes and seahorses to exotic Australian seadragons. Additionally, two seahorse nursery tanks display juvenile seahorses bred at the aquarium and the live food these fish require to survive in captivity.


Seminar - Whales and Dolphins of Papahānaumokuākea
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Waikīkī Aquarium, 2777 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Dr. Robin Baird, Research Biologist with Cascadia Research Collective
Knowledge of dolphins and whales in Papahānaumokuākea has lagged behind what is known of these species from around the main Hawaiian Islands. But studies in the main Hawaiian Islands can be used to infer how dolphins and whales may use the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands based on what is known from sighting surveys, acoustics, and some limited tagging studies. This presentation will highlight what is and isn’t known about some of the dolphin and whale species that use Papahānaumokuākea, including resident spinner dolphins and false killer whales, and likely resident Bryde’s whales, bottlenose dolphins, and Cuvier’s beaked whales. Tagging studies off Kaua‘i have shown linkages between the main Hawaiian Islands and Papahānaumokuākea, with false killer whales from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands population moving between them. Populations of most other species seem likely to use one or the other area, given the ecological differences between the two areas. Much remains to be learned!
Please reserve your seat, as space is limited:

Discoveries from the Deep: New Limu from Hawaii's Mesophotic Reefs
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Waikīkī Aquarium, 2777 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

Dr. Alison Sherwood
Interim Associate Dean, College of Natural Sciences, Professor of Botany, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Collections made by submersibles or using technical diving have yielded thousands of new algal specimens that we are analyzing in the context of what we know about the shallow water algae of Hawaii, as well as the deep water (mesophotic) flora of other regions of the Pacific. In this seminar I will present background and new data highlighting some recent discoveries of algal diversity from the mesophotic coral ecosystems of the Hawaiian Islands. We will look at several case studies from different groups of algae to examine patterns of diversity. Over the next several years our team will be characterizing as many of these collections as possible to describe new biodiversity and to learn more about how unique these mesophotic algae are relative to the shallow water species, and to investigate the ecological role of mesophotic algal communities in the Hawaiian archipelago.
Please reserve your seat, as space is limited:

Canon Nature Photography Event
Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Waikīkī Aquarium, 2777 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Join Kaimuki Camera and Pro Camera Hawaii at Waikiki Aquarium!  
~ Get professional tips for photographing the colorful fish and coral exhibits without the use of a flash
~ Free 1-hour Canon equipment loans in the lobby 
~ Please bring your own digital memory card, valid U.S. ID, and credit card to participate
Photo opportunities:
10 am     - Native Hawaiian Reef Fish
11 am     - Syngnathids ...seahorses, pipefish & seadragons
12 noon  - Hawaiian Monk Seal
This event is included with regular Aquarium admission.

A Monumental Celebration of Papahānaumokuākea!
Sunday, February 16, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Waikīkī Aquarium, 2777 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Event
Waikīkī Aquarium, in partnership with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and other community partners, is hosting this public event to celebrate 10 years of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On July 30, 2010, Papahānaumokuākea was inscribed as a mixed World Heritage site for its outstanding natural and cultural attributes. World Heritage sites safeguard for humanity the most universal and significant aspects of our global natural and cultural heritage. Papahānaumokuākea was the first mixed UNESCO World Heritage site in the United States and the second World Heritage Site in Hawai‘i.
Festivities at Waikīkī Aquarium will include ocean education and sustainability activities featuring the islands and atolls of Papahānaumokuākea. Artist and special guest Patrick Ching will be on hand to unveil a new Papahānaumokuākea coloring book.
This event is included with regular Aquarium admission.

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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

February 26, 2020

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.

0am – 10:30am
February 3, 2020

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, February 6, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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.

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.
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10am – 12:00pm

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.



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
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.

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.

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

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 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


Cuttlefish Feeding

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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

Shark Feeding

11:00 am - 11:30 am


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

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: $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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