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Dr. Chip Fletcher to Address Climate Change at the Friends of the Waikīkī Aquariumʻs Distinguished Lecturer Series on April 24

HONOLULU, HI (February 20, 2018) – On Thursday, April 24, 2018, Dr. Chip Fletcher of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa will highlight the effects of climate change as part of the Friends of the Waikīkī Aquarium’s (FOWA’s) Distinguished Lecture Series. The discussion, “Finding Hope Under a Dark Cloud,” will take place at 6 p.m. in the Tenney Theatre at St. Andrew’s Schools. Admission is free.

“Climate change threatens the stability of civilization and the security of human communities,” said Dr. Fletcher. “The one most powerful tool that we have in overcoming this global threat is education that leads to positive action, and I hope to keep this conversation going.”

Dr. Fletcher is currently the associate dean for Academic Affairs and professor of Geology and Geophysics in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. As a researcher, he focuses on understanding the impacts of sea level rise on island shorelines, and has been published in more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and three textbooks. Dr. Fletcher has received numerous awards for teaching, community service and research.

“We’re so pleased to continue our Distinguished Lecture Series in support of the Waikīkī Aquarium’s mission to inspire and promote understanding, appreciation and conservation of Pacific marine life,” said FOWA Executive Director Keane Akao. “Dr. Fletcher’s lecture will offer an insightful look into the effects of climate change and how we should respond, based on his recent research.”

The Distinguished Lecture Series in presented in partnership with St. Andrew’s Schools and sponsored by Matson. For more information, visit

About the Waikīkī Aquarium

Founded in 1904 and administered by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa 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

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