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*9th Annual International Aloha Koi Show to Take Place February 13 and 14*

HONOLULU, HI – Join the Waikiki Aquarium as it hosts Hawai’i’s largest koi show on February 13 and 14, 2016. The 9th Annual International Aloha Koi Show will feature hundreds of top-quality koi for exhibit and display. In addition, koi experts will lead educational seminars and guests can enjoy a variety of authentic Japanese performances and keiki activities.

“The Annual Koi Show is a great opportunity for Aloha Koi Association members to view and learn more about hundreds of koi,” said Dr. Andrew Rossiter, Waikiki Aquarium Director. “It is a display of the finest koi from around the world and a place where these beautiful animals are appreciated not only for their appearance but their cultural significance as well.”

Nishikigoi commonly referred to as ‘koi’ originated in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. The koi is the national fish of Japan and is a combination of art and biology. A desirable koi is large and symmetrical, with clear and distinct patterns, uniform colors and an overall healthy appearance. Koi will be judged on its size, symmetry, pattern and color by a number of koi experts and the koi with the highest scores will be named the Grand Champion.

The 9th Annual International Koi Show will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 13 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 14 at the Waikiki Aquarium. The exhibition is included with Waikiki Aquarium admission. Sponsored by Armstrong Builders, Pagoda Hotel- a lite hotel and the Waikiki Aquarium.

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 – 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 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Honolulu Marathon Sunday and Christmas Day. Admission is $12 for visitors; $8 for local residents, active duty military with ID; $5 for Juniors ages 4-12, Seniors (65+) and persons with disabilities; and free for children 3 and under and Friends of Waikiki Aquarium (FOWA) members.


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