Aquarium Announces Summer Keiki Events

An Impressive Array of Offerings for Island Visiting or Residing Kids

Aquarium Announces Summer Keiki Events

The Waikiki Aquarium has launched an ambitious schedule of events in hopes of attracting more youth visitors this summer, while simultaneously offering educational outlets for new parents. The end results? In an ideal world, a new generation of ocean-savvy kids who can take their knowledge of marine life and apply it to studies, or developing a better global awareness to the ecosystem that entirely surrounds—and makes up for a significant part of the culture in Hawai‘i.

[Publisher’s note: It’s been made very clear in recent years that government and big business (often one and the same) continually fail to put children and their best possible potentials as a universal priority. Therefore, it is up to us—communities and parents—on a grassroots level, to find the outlets for our children to learn about the evolving world around us. These programs would be one of those ways. We digress...]

Below is a list of happenings that include something for all age groups, as well as parents. Take a gander, and save this article in order to use it as a reference. Or perhaps better, consider uploading each item into your phone or computer calendar, so you might be reminded of them as they arise this summer. More than likely, you’ll be happy to see the note.

1) “Small Fry”
Wednesdays, April 13 to May 4
Session A: 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Session B: 10:30 a.m.-noon
For the youngest learners. An adult and their 1- to 3-year old get to team up to discover the amazing undersea world of the Aquarium. Five weekly sessions include crafts, song, play and exploration of the exhibits. For adult-child teams. $60/adult & child ($80 for non-members). Pre-registration is required.

2) Aquarium After Dark
Friday, May 6 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 2 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 23 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Friday, July 15 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
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. What color are yellow tang at night? Minimum age 5 years; youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. $10/adult, $7/child ($14/$10 for non-members). Pre-registration is required.

3) Marine Munchies
Monday, April 18 and 25 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Japanese
Monday, May 9, June 20 and July 18 from 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Discover animals’ adaptations for capturing their meals and what they eat at the Aquarium. Included is an exclusive after-hours animal feeding. Feed a sea anemone.  Watch the octopus open a jar to get its dinner. Then it’s your turn to feed the animals in the Edge of the Reed exhibit. Minimum age 5 years; youngsters must be accompanied by an adult.  $16/adult, $12/child ($20/$15 for non-members). Pre-registration is required. 

4) Seasons and the Sea
Monday, May 2 from 2:00-4:30 p.m.
The Waikiki Aquarium invites Hawaii visitors and residents to learn about cultural traditions during Seasons and the Sea. The special event will officially mark the change from Ho`olilo (wet season) to Kauwela (hot or warm-dry season) as the sun sets into the crown of Pu`u o Kapolei, an occurrence that happens only once a year. Free with admission to Waikiki Aquarium.

5) Gyotaku with Riley Yogi and Norton Chan
Wednesday May 18 & 25 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Fishermen!  Artists!  Teachers!  Learn the art of fish printing with local artist and fisherman Riley Yogi. On the first night, participants will use non-toxic black ink to print their fish. On the second night, techniques for adding watercolors will be taught.  Supplies will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own fish or octopus.  Minimum age 14 years.  $22 ($26 for non-members). Pre-registration is required.  

6) Summer Nights at the Aquarium
Tuesday, June 7, July 5 and August 2 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Looking for something different to do on warm summer evenings? After the beach, stroll on over to the Aquarium with the family. Exhibits will be open, lights will be on and interpreters will be in the galleries all evening, so come at your leisure. Each evening will have a different educational theme relating to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and the opening of the new exhibit.  $6/adult, $3/child ($7/4 for non-members). Pre-registration is required.

7) Coral Spawning and Reef Romance
Sunday, July 3 from 8:00-10:30 p.m.
Each summer, rice corals in the Edge of the Reef exhibit and all over Hawai’i spawn two to four days after the new moon. Celebrate this rite of reef renewal with Waikiki Aquarium biologists. Learn about coral reproduction then go on a tour of the exhibits led by Aquarium staff. As well as viewing the coral spawning, you will observe courtship and nesting behaviors of various fish. Minimum age 14 years. $12 ($16 for non-members). Pre-registration is required.

8) Summer by the Sea
June 13-17 and June 27-July 1 from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. everyday; 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Fridays
Spend a week of summer learning what lives in Hawaiian waters.  What’s the best way to learn? By doing!  Snorkel, swim and explore the coast from Waikiki to Diamond Head. After a morning of outside adventures, the Aquarium turns into our classroom.  Learn about the animals in our exhibits and watch them being fed on special behind-the-scenes tours. This year the Waikiki Aquarium also take the students on a virtual tour of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. On the final Friday evening, families are invited for a student-led tour of the Aquarium. For marine biologists ages 8-12 years. All students should be confident swimmers and enjoy snorkeling. $250/child ($300 for non-members). Pre-registration is required.  

9) Oceans Alive!
Movement: Fins, jets, arms & legs
Wednesday, July 6 from 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Animal Homes: Sand, seaweed, coral & water
Thursday, July 7 from 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Sing, dance, move and groove. Draw, color, create and play. Observe, watch, look and touch. Learn more about the sea during Oceans Alive! Move through stations and enjoy a variety of hands-on activities while exploring the diversity of the marine world.  Designed for keiki 2 to 5 years old.  $5/person ($7 for non-members). Pre-registration is required.

10) Tidepool Exploration
Wednesday, July 13 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Kewalo
Friday, July 15 from 8:00-10:00 a.m. Makapu’u
Sunday, July 31 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Makapu’u
Spend a morning discovering sea slugs, collector crabs, brittle stars, spaghetti worms, ghost shrimps and a variety of other animals that the tide reveals. Explore shoreline, reef flat and tidepool habitats with Waikiki Aquarium naturalists. Participants must provide their own transportation to the field site. Minimum age 5 years; youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. $12/adult, $8/child ($15/$10 for non-members). Pre-registration is required.

For more information about the Waikiki Aquarium, including membership, please call 923-9741 or visit www.waquarium.org.

...Consider uploading each item into your phone or computer calendar, so you might be reminded of them as they arise this summer. More than likely, you’ll be happy to see the note.