World Oceans Month


Healthy Oceans, Healthy Plant
The Waikīkī Aquarium hosts World Oceans Month during the month of June, with World Oceans Day on June 8. World Oceans Month recognizes those in the community striving to protect the ocean and marine life. This year’s festivities will feature various educational and cultural activities, including Ka‘Ike O Ka Moana: Knowledge of the Ocean art exhibit at Honolulu Hale, Painting in Paradise with noted local wildlife artist Patrick Ching and special presentations on key ocean issues from NOAA, PacIOOS and more. Volunteers and participants are also invited to join us as we clean various neighboring beaches throughout the month:

Ka Ike o Ka Moana: The Knowledge of the Ocean

May 25 – June 9
Honolulu Hale

This educational and artistic journey will feature works of art by Sunday Drawing in Mānoa and Hawai’i Watercolor Society, along with informational displays by the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration and the Waikīkī Aquarium in conjunction with the City & County of Honolulu, Mayorʻs Office of Culture & the Arts.

Outrigger Resorts’ OZONE Day

June 4, 2016 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Waikīkī Aquarium Lawn

Get in the OZONE with Outrigger Resorts to celebrate OZONE Day with games, activities and entertainment OZONE (Outrigger’s ZONE) is a global conservation initiative centered on protecting the health of coral reefs and the ocean.

Animal Parenting

June 11 11 a.m.
Aquarium Galleries

Learn more about seahorses and unusual animal parenting.

Algae Showcase

June 20 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In honor of the late Hawai‘i marine botany expert and pioneer, Dr. Isabella Abbott, Barb Kennedy and Bishop Museum Collections will be at the Aquarium on June 20th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to showcase limu collections once researched by Dr. Abbott. In addition, Dr. Celia Smith from the University of Hawaii at Manoa Botany Department will be leading an algae pull right outside the Aquarium lawn. Keiki will also have the opportunity to learn about these native algae and make algae prints with Margo Vitarelli.

Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS)

The Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) believes that ocean data and information can help save lives. Collecting ocean data on the most recent conditions, forecasting future events and developing new user-friendly tools not only protects the environment but also supports the economy and resources. In collaboration with a large network of partners, PacIOOS provides valuable data to inform decision-making in Pacific communities. Based within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawai‘i in Mānoa, PacIOOS is one of 11 regional associations that make up the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System. As part of the Waikīkī Aquarium’s World Oceans Month celebration, PacIOOS will provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about what they do and how everyone can do their part to keep our oceans clean.

Ocean Observing in the Pacific Islands Region with Fiona Langenberger

June 1 12 to 1 p.m.
Waikīkī Aquarium classroom

PacIOOS collects, manages, and delivers information on ocean conditions and provides forecasting data to improve on-the-ground decision making throughout the U.S. Pacific Islands. Learn more about this unique and diverse region and how PacIOOS helps to fill ocean observation needs to address local challenges.

PacIOOS: Monitoring Nearshore Water Quality in Hawai‘i with Gordon Walker, Oceanographic Specialist

June 15 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Waikīkī Aquarium classroom

The PacIOOS Near Shore Water Quality Group measures the interactions between water coming from land and the near shore ocean environment. Seven sensors provide timely data to monitor changes in coastal waters, and provide early warning of polluted runoff, sewage spills and more. Find out more about the information that the team collects and learn how to read the data.

Tracking Hawai‘i’s Sharks with Mr. Royer & Danny Coffey

June 29 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Waikīkī Aquarium classroom

The Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology Shark Research Group is using cutting-edge technology to examine the behavioral ecology and physiology of tiger sharks, scalloped hammerhead sharks and bluntnose sixgill sharks (a deep sea shark). Discover how oxygen sensors, satellite tags
and other technology can help to reveal new information about these fascinating animals.