Year of the Reef at Waikiki Aquarium

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Year of the Reef at Waikiki Aquarium

Postby Mary Luna » Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:19 pm

Year of the Reef at Waikiki Aquarium
Written by Sunrise on KGMB9 -
March 27, 2008 07:17 AM

Hawaii's Waikiki aquarium is one of the first aquariums in the country to conduct coral research as a primary focus. It's part of the Coral Reef Outreach Network, and today a lot of the living coral in U.S. aquariums comes from Hawaii.

This year is the "International Year of the Reef," a year-long global campaign aimed at raising awareness about the importance of coral reefs and threats to their sustainability. The aquarium is hosting a variety of programs as well as a summer concert series.

Saving Coral Reef Tips

1) Don't touch it, stand on sand
2) Don't pollute
3) Don't feed the fish
4) Eat what you catch

Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo
Waikiki Aquarium
Saturday, April 12
9:00am - 2:00pm
Free admission

The City and County of Honolulu's Storm Water Quality Branch of the Department of Environmental Services (ENV), Waikiki Aquarium and State of Hawaii's Clean Water Branch of the Department of Health Celebrate Earth Month and International Year of the Reef with FREE ADMISSION to the Waikiki Aquarium on Saturday, April 12, 2008, from 9-4:30pm. Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo, from 9-2pm, including moi release from 11-1130am

The event showcases efforts of government agencies to preserve and protect Hawaii's environment with an emphasis on our Island's unique water resources from mauka to makai. There will be family fun, interactive educational experiences by the Storm Water Quality Branch, Clean Water Branch, Honolulu Board of Water Supply, Department of Transportation-HIghways Division, Department of Land and Natural Resources-Anuenue Fisheries Research Center, Commission on Water Resource Management and Division of Forestry and Wildlife; U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service; International Year of the Reef; University of Hawaii Marine Options Program; Ocean Network presentations; information on water pollution prevention, Mayor Mufi Hannemann's 21st Century Ahupuaa initiative and the Aquarium's marine conservation efforts will highlight the day.

The public is also invited to cheer on the release of hatchery-raised Pacific Threadfin moi in the waters off the Aquarium within the Waikiki Marine Life Conservation District with the State of Hawaii's Anuenue Fisheries Research Center of the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Free Parking and Trolley Rides
Free parking and trolley pick up point on the Kaimuki High School Field (enter on Date Street). Free trolley rides to Waikiki Aquarium (9am-3pm). Free admission to the Waikiki Aquarium and Earth Day Expo from 9am to 2pm. Moi Release at Aquarium at 11-1130am. Free trolley rides to Sunset on the Beach (3-930pm).

Be an everyday environmental hero and make everyday, Earth Day!

For information about free admission to the Aquarium on April 12, the environmental expo or how to get involved in more Earth Month and IYOR activities, go to

City and County of Honolulu Department of Environmental Services, 780-8872 or 768-3454
Waikiki Aquarium, 440-9008
State of Hawaii Department of Health, 586-4309 or 586-4442

Related Links: - Waikiki Aquarium - International Year of the Reef

Cleanup and Beautification Efforts

Cleanup and beautification efforts from the Date Street Bridge, along the Manoa-Palolo Drainage Channel bank adjacent to Kaimuki High School, and under the bridge complex (Kalakaua, King Street, H-1, Waialae Avenue) are sponsored by the City’s Adopt-A-Stream Program, DOT’s Adopt-A-Highway, and the Ala Wai Watershed Association (AWWA). Participants also include Department of Land and Natural Resources, Department of Education MS4 Program, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Townscape Inc., Ahupuaa Council, Seicho-No-Ie, Servco Pacific, Sheraton Hotels, Kraft Foods, Kaimuki High, Kamehameha Middle, Kalani High, Sunset Rotary Club and more.

The Manoa-Palolo Drainage Channel has been partially beautified (bike path constructed) by the City between the Ala Wai Canal and Date Street. The University of Hawaii Environmental Law Society (ELS) members will rove the banks where Manoa and Palolo streams merge in search of litter and debris as part of the City’s Adopt-A-Stream Program. Malama O Manoa and Chaminade University stretched its commitments by adopting portions of the Manoa and Palolo streams as part of the City’s Adopt-A-Stream Program, including pickup of trash bags and other items from designated cleanup areas by City crews. Beach cleanups are sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Fort DeRussey beach and berm; and the Waikiki Improvement Association.

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