Seasons and the Sea

May 2, 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Waikiki Aquarium

On Thursday, May 2, 2019, Waikiki Aquarium celebrates the beginning of Kauwela, the warm season in Hawai‘i, with Seasons and the Sea. Held in partnership with the Honolulu Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts, Seasons and the Sea is a unique cultural experience complete with Hawaiian demonstrations and a sunset observation in the park.

"The official changing of the seasons, from Ho‘oilo (wet season) to Kauwela (hot or warm-dry season), is a significant occurrence in Hawaiian history, and we’re proud to partner once again with the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts to host this special event for the community," said Dr. Andrew Rossiter, director of the Waikiki Aquarium.

From 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., cultural advisor Sam ‘Ohukani‘ohi‘a Gon III will lead a free sunset ceremony through chant, hula and mo‘olelo (storytelling) as the sun sets into the crown of Pu‘u o Kapolei, a rare occurrence that happens only once a year. This year's mo‘olelo will feature a discussion on Kamehameha I, and with it, the end of the kapu system. The cultural sunset observance will take place on the Ewa (west) side of the Aquarium grounds.

Prior to the ceremony, stop by the Waikiki Aquarium from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. to take part in Hawaiian crafts and cultural activities, included with admission to the Aquarium. The cultural demonstrations include a display of traditional Hawaiian items related to hula, pu for blowing, instruments, and several other items.

Aquarium admission is $12 for non-members; $8 for Kama‘aina and military with ID; $5 for senior citizens and juniors ages 4 to 12 and free for children three and under and Friends of the Waikiki Aquarium (FOWA). For more information, call (808) 923-9741 or visit

Event Sponsor
Waikiki Aquarium, Mānoa Campus

More Information
Lauren Van Heukelem, (808) 923-9741,,, Flyer (PDF)

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