Theresa Lozier or
Taryn Bohan
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HONOLULU (March 18, 2015) – With its oceanfront location overlooking a living reef in Waikiki, a manicured lawn, access to Aquarium exhibits, a built-in stage and spectacular sunset views, the Waikiki Aquarium offers one of Hawai`i’s best-kept secret locations for cocktail receptions, sit-down dinners, weddings, parties and more.

The Waikiki Aquarium is able to accommodate groups of 450 to 500 people for stand-up cocktail functions with food stations and 300 to 350 people for sit-down functions. Groups can opt to have their functions under the stars on the Aquarium lawn or they may choose to tent the lawn area. On-site functions include admission to the Waikiki Aquarium’s exhibits and galleries, which feature endangered Hawaiian monk seals, reef sharks, living corals, graceful jellyfish, and a plethora of colorful native fishes.

Rental of the Waikiki Aquarium is available for birthday parties in the morning or afternoon on Saturdays and Sundays, and nightly (except Wednesdays) from 5:15 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. including set-up and clean-up time. For events of up to 100 people, rental of the Waikiki Aquarium is $2,000. This fee includes the facility rental, admission, security staff, 18 tables and 100 chairs. For events of over 100 people, there is an additional admission fee of $8 per person. There is no charge for children 4 years of age and younger. In order to confirm your reservation, a payment of $2,000 is required. Any balance due on the rental must be paid upon completion of the function.

Reservations may be made as early as one year prior to your function date on the first business day of the month, but no later than 4 weeks prior to the scheduled function. If reservations are made less than 4 weeks prior to the function date, a late fee will be assessed. All reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.The Waikiki Aquarium receives 100% of the proceeds from facility rentals. Revenues generated support the aquarium’s animals, exhibits, research and conservation efforts.

In order to rent the facilities, one must become or already be a member of the Friends of Waikiki Aquarium (FOWA). For reservations or more information on how to become a member, contact Events and Membership Manager Raina Fujitani at (808) 440-9008.

About the Waikiki Aquarium
Founded in 1904 and administered by the University of Hawaii 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 Hawaii and the tropical Pacific. The Aquarium welcomes more than 320,000 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


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