Reef Awareness and a Special Dinner Event at Waikiki Aquarium, 2010

Reef Awareness and a Special Dinner Event at Waikiki Aquarium, 2010

The Waikiki Aquarium is offering a number of unique events this coming year, beginning in early February. The first quarter's theme will be raising community awareness of the ocean habitats surrounding Hawai`i, the health and human aspects of our oceans. Leaders at the Aquarium are partnering with experts in the field at both UH Manoa as well as NOAA.

Kicking off the month-long event is UH professor of botany and author Celia Smith, who will host a series of discussions about limu. Smith will expound on the various types of limu, their historical significance in Waikiki, the alien species that are affecting them, current uses for the seaweed, and the future of this critical reef plant to Hawaii's ocean ecosystem. The series will begin on February 1st, and continue on the 3rd and 8th, at 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Second, the Aquarium's Nana I Ke Kai (Look to the Sea) monthly lecture series also begins in February, and will extend through the year. It will feature cultural practitioners and scientific community experts who will address topics including climate change, coral conservation, ocean acidification and other issues. This series is sponsored by NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration). The first two lectures will be held February 18th and 25th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On a more festive note, the Aquarium's events team has put together a romantic "Seaduction at the Waikiki Aquarium" for Valentine's Day, February 14. The al fresco 3-course dinner is limited to 40 couples and will feature a champagne reception followed by a candle-lit meal, photographs and valet parking. Private tables for two will be scattered across the lawn, in front of exhibits and within eye shot of the sunset. Couples may reserve the table of their choosing on a first come, (or call) first served basis. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is served promptly at 7:00. The cost is $300 per couple, with all proceeds benefiting the Waikiki Aquarium.

Call (808) 440-9015 for reservations, or visit the Aquarium's web site at www.WAquarium.org

The al fresco 3-course dinner is limited to 40 couples and will feature a champagne reception followed by a candle-lit meal, photographs and valet parking.