The 6th annual University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Ocean Day Hawaiʻi Mālama Kanaloa Festival will be held on Saturday, February 23, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at Hilo Bayfront Beach Park.
Ocean Day promotes awareness of ocean and coastal issues such as conservation, sustainable use of resources and ocean safety through fun and interactive displays, activities and booths.
Information booths inlcude UH Hilo Marine Science and Hawaiʻi IMUA III EPSCoR researchers, Kalākaua Marine Education Center, NOAA’s Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, The Honolulu Zoo, Hilo Marine Mammal Response Network and many more.
Family-friendly activities include fishing games, marine critter touch tanks, mask and puppet making, marine life block-printing, makahiki games, face painting, poi pounding, seed planting and more. Enjoy live music by Kainani Kahaunaele, Lono Kanakaʻole Trio, and hula by Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo students.
The event is hosted by the UH Hilo Pacific Island Programs for Exploring Science in partnership with the County of Hawaiʻi, EPSCoR Hawaiʻi IMUA III, Hawaiʻi Pacific Island Campus Compact, UH Hilo Campus and Community Service Program, UH Hilo Student Activities Council and the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant.
For more information, e-mail Hoʻoululahui Perry or call JoAnne Riviera at (808) 933-0706.
—Adapted from a UH Hilo news release