WAIKIKI AQUARIUM TO HOST ANNUAL KOI SHOW

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WAIKIKI AQUARIUM TO HOST ANNUAL KOI SHOW

11th Annual International Aloha Koi Show to Take Place February 17th and 18th

HONOLULU, HI (Jan. 24, 2018) – Join the Waikīkī Aquarium as it hosts its annual koi show on February 17th and 18th, 2018. The 11th Annual International Aloha Koi Show will feature a select number of top-quality koi for exhibit and display. In addition, koi experts from Japan will lead educational seminars.

“The Koi Show is an exciting chance for guests to view the finest koi and broaden their knowledge of the different varieties,” said Dr. Andrew Rossiter, Waikīkī Aquarium Director. “Our annual event also offers koi to be seen beyond their decorative purposes in ponds or gardens but rather, appreciated for its unique markings, cultural significance and much more.”

Nishikigoi commonly referred to as ‘koi’ originated in Niigata Prefecture, Japan, more than 200 years ago and have since become a popular ornamental fish throughout the world. The koi is the national fish of Japan and is a combination of art and biology. The ideal koi is large and symmetrical, with clear and distinct patterns, uniform colors and an overall healthy appearance. Koi experts judge for size, symmetry, pattern and color.

The 11th Annual International Koi Show will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 17th, and from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 18th at the Waikīkī Aquarium. The exhibition is included with Waikīkī Aquarium admission. However, guests may also purchase a two-day pass – a $24 value – for just $18.

About the Waikīkī Aquarium

Founded in 1904 and administered by the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa since 1919, the Waikīkī Aquarium is located on the shoreline of Waikīkī Beach next to a living reef and across from Kapiolani Park. The Aquarium – second 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 320,000 visitors annually, and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Honolulu Marathon Sunday and Christmas Day. Admission is $12 for visitors; $8 for local residents and active duty military with ID, $5 for senior citizens and juniors ages four to 12; and free for children three and under and Friends of Waikīkī Aquarium (FOWA) members. For more information about the Waikīkī Aquarium, including membership, call (808) 923-9741 or visit www.waikikiaquarium.org.

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