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Although Hawaii’s surrounded by a vast ocean, the Waikiki Aquarium has always been one of my favorite places to visit. New exhibits and events help showcase this underwater world, with marine life that some might not know existed. I recall the peppermint angelfish exhibit as one of the most memorable. If I hadn’t known better, I would have mistaken the orange and white striped fish as Nemo! But as it turned out, the tiny fish was actually a rare and prized creature of the sea that visitors got to observe for as long as they wanted without even getting wet!
The aquarium will be ringing in the new year with similar exhibits and family-fun events. There’ll be something cool happening every month, with each month having a special theme. The best part of the aquarium events is that they’re usually free to the public, including free access to the aquarium displays. Check out the upcoming events for February to May 2013:
6th Annual Aloha Koi Society Koi Show
Saturday, February 16, 2013 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 17, 2013 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Don’t be coy! Join the Waikiki Aquarium for the 6th Annual International Koi show, featuring hundreds of top-quality Koi. The event will include educational seminars and keiki activities. Bring the family to join in all the fun and celebrate Japan’s national fish. The event is free with daily admission.
Saturday, March 16, 2013 8:30 a.m. to noon
Celebrate the Easter season at the Aquarium’s 18th Annual Sea Hunt! Keiki will hunt for sea-sonal pieces to complete a marine life puzzle while learning about underwater creatures. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a fishpond game, craft activities, and a pick with the Easter Bunny. For Friends of Waikiki Aquarium (FOWA) members this event is $5 per participating child. Non-FOWA members are $15 per participating child. Fishpond vouchers are $2 per ticket. Advance reservations are recommended; however registration will be at the door.
“Mauka to Makai” (Earth Day)
Saturday, April 13, 2013 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The City & County of Honolulu and State of Hawaii Department of Health will celebrate Earth Day at Waikiki Aquarium. This family-friendly event will have hands on educational displays and showcase more than 20 city, state, and federal agencies that are aimed to preserve and protect Hawaii’s environment. There will be an emphasis on the Island’s unique water resources from mauka to makai. The event is free with admission to the Aquarium.
Monk Seal Month
The Hawaiian Monk Seal is critically endangered, with a population estimated at about 1,060 seals, it is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands, and found nowhere else on earth. Its primary natural habitat lies in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the most remote part of the Hawaiian chain, though Hawaiian Monk Seals are also sighted around the main Hawaiian islands. Come visit the Aquarium’s two resident Seals, Hoailona and Makaonaona and enjoy hands-on activities to celebrate our unique marine life.
Seasons in the Sea
Thursday, May 2, 2013 6:00 p.m. (sunset observance)
Learn about Hawaiian cultural traditions during Seasons in the Sea, a ceremony marking the official changing of the seasons in Hawaii. The sunset observance will take place from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.