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*FREE educational activities with admission to the Aquarium*

Make a splash this summer, and bring your keiki to Summer Wednesdays at the Waikiki Aquarium to take part in unique critter encounters, ocean-themed arts and crafts and other fun family activities. Each Wednesday at 3 p.m., the Aquarium hosts an interactive and educational event focusing on different marine animals and the bigger issues surrounding them. Each event will be paired with fun and creative activities to get the entire family involved.

June 4, 2014 -- Sea Snails of Hawai'i

This hands-on activity offers participants the opportunity to learn about the adapted marine snails of Hawai'i. Keiki and their families will learn about the spectrum of marine snails, from the tiny ‘opihi to the bold cowry shell and Hawai'i's largest snail, Triton's Trumpet.

June 11, 2014 -- Unicorn Fish Presentation & Feed Limu to Fish!

Why are they called "unicorn" fish? Do they all have a "horn?" Participants will learn and compare native Hawaiian fish species at the Aquarium's Edge of the Reef Exhibit. This event also offers a unique opportunity to feed limu, or algae, to the Aquarium's unicorn fish.

June 18, July 16 & August 20 & September 17, 2014 -- Ocean Craft Activity

HouseMart Ben Franklin Crafts will feature ocean craft activities this summer. This special occasion requires keiki to bring their creativity and artistic vision. Ben Franklin Crafts will be supplying free craft supplies this summer.

June 25, August 13 & September 3, 2014 -- Honu Petroglyph Printing with Author & Artist Lynn Cook

Honu (Hawaiian sea turtles) are the kupuna, or the elder, of the ocean, swimming in the seas for more than 200 million years. During this session, petroglyph expert and artist Lynn Cook will teach keiki about the importance of the honu in Hawaiian culture, as well as how to create their own honu petroglyph prints!

July 2, 2014 -- The Seahorse Family: A Pocket Guide

Surrounding the opening of its new and amazing exhibits, the Aquarium offers keiki the opportunity to color and learn about the adaptations of the seahorse to life in the sea. Participants will create their own min-book describing these unique adaptations and the wonders of this incredible creature.

July 9, 2014 -- Seahorse Crafting

Keiki can create a customized seahorse, illustrating its unique adaptations. They will cut and paste foam décor crafting amazing adaptations of the seahorse to life in the sea.

July 23, 2014 -- What's Puzzling about Hawaiian Monk Seals?

Have you ever seen a monk seal on the beach? Did you know that Hawaiian Monk Seals are an endangered species? Keiki will help to solve a monk seal puzzle while learning about this endemic marine mammal.

July 30, 2014 -- Mystery Activity

Join the Aquarium for a surprise activity!

August 6, 2014 -- Shark Tails: Be the Creature!

Keiki will witness the jaws of three different shark species and compare their specialized teeth. They will create a colorful shark tail mini-costume while learning about these majestic creatures' unique adaptations.

August 27, 2014 -- Play-Dough Marine Animals

While learning about how marine animals have adapted to life in the ocean, keiki will create play-dough marine animals. A variety of play-dough colors, as well as "cookie cutters" in the shape of marine animals will be available.

September 10, 2014 -- Sea Cucumbers Presentation & Echinoderm Encounter

Do sea cucumbers actually eat sand? Ever wondered why the sand is so "clean?" Sea cucumbers consume sand and act as recyclers in the coral reef ecosystem. Take part in this unique hands-on opportunity in this echinoderm encounter to learn more about these fascinating creatures.

September 24, 2014 -- "Create Your Coral Reef" Wristband

What is coral? How is coral the foundation of our reef ecosystem? Keiki will create and color their own coral reef on a wristband and then find their fish in the Aquarium's many exhibits.

Summer Wednesdays are sponsored by Aqua Hospitality. Events begin each Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. Each educational event is included with admission to the aquarium. For more information, visit

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 $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 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: $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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