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Winter family fun at the Waikiki Aquarium
Winter family fun at the Waikiki Aquarium

Honolulu, Hawai’i (November 1, 2012) – The Waikiki Aquarium announces an exciting line-up of events for families this winter. Learn magic tricks to astound your friends and family, search the reef after dark for eels and octopus, and meet our friendly Hawaiian monk seals, Makaonaona and Ho‘ailona! To register for events, please call 440-9011. “Water” you waiting for?
Afternoons at the Aquarium
Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.
Critter encounters, magic tricks, stories by the sea, and animal feedings are just some of the fun designed for families. Free with admission to the Aquarium.
It’s Magic!
Wednesday, November 7, 2012                                                              3:30-4:45 p.m.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012                                                            3:30-4:45 p.m.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012                                                            3:30-4:45 p.m.
Learn magic from a master Magician, Yasu Ishida. Yasu has adapted magic to the marine world, especially for kids and teens. Build your own magic tricks, and take them home with you. For aspiring magicians ages 8 and up. Drop-ins are welcome on a space available basis. $8/class, or $40 for the series. ($12/class or $50 for the series for non-members).

Exploring the Reef at Night
Sunday, Nov 11, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec 11, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan 9, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
For an experience you’ll not forget, join us as we explore the reef at night. Wade into the ocean on these wet and wild excursions. Search for night-active crabs, lobsters, eels and octopus. Look for sleeping parrotfish, triggerfish and day octopus in their dens. For adventurers ages 6 years and up; youngsters must be accompanied by an adult.  Participants should be comfortable in the ocean, both day and night. $15/adult, $9/child ($18/12 for non-members).
Meet the Monk Seals!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012                                                            3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012                                                            3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012                                                            3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012                                                              3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012                                                            3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012                                                            3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013                                                                   3:00 p.m.
More sightings of seals around the main Hawaiian Islands have renewed interest in these amazing and endangered animals. Learn about seals in the wild: What do they eat? How deep do they dive while hunting?  Do they really have fingernails? Then move to the monk seal habitat where Aquarium Biologists will introduce you to the resident seals, Makaonaona and Ho‘ailona. Participants will assist with seal enrichment activities.  Designed for participants 7 and up, but anyone interested is invited to attend. $4/person ($6/person for non-members).
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 330,000 visitors annually, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Honolulu Marathon Sunday and Christmas Day. Admission is $9 for visitors; $6 for local residents, active duty military with ID, students with ID and seniors; $4 for youths ages 13-17 and persons with disabilities; $2 for juniors ages 5 to 12; and free for children 4 and under and Friends of Waikiki Aquarium (FOWA) members. For more information about the Waikiki Aquarium, including membership, please call (808) 923-9741 or visit www.waquarium.org.

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