The Waikīkī Aquarium celebrates World Ocean Month by offering a variety of activities and events including educational resources, a gift shop sale and beach clean-up throughout the month of June.
The Aquarium also invites the community and people around the world to sign the 30×30 petition in support of the global movement to protect 30% of the Earth’s lands, waters and ocean by 2030.
“World Ocean Month reminds us just how essential the ocean is to our livelihood as it connects us all,” said Andrew Rossiter, director of the Waikīkī Aquarium. “There’s no better way to celebrate than to invite the community to learn about our oceans and Pacific marine life, and provide an opportunity to care for our local waters.”
The Waikīkī Aquarium will be hosting the following activities and events:
World Ocean Day Beach Clean-Up on June 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The public is invited to participate in a World Ocean Day Beach Clean-Up to keep local waters pollution free. Each group of up to 10 people will receive buckets and supplies at the Aquarium and proceed to clean the surrounding parks and beaches. All participants must follow the state tier 3 guidelines. Advanced registration is required as space is limited.
Sunscreen Trade-In on June 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Guests can stop by The Shop on World Ocean Day to trade in their sunscreen and purchase reef-safe sunscreen to receive 15% off their entire gift shop purchase. Exclusions apply. Shoppers can also take advantage of the sale by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment. Proceeds from The Shop benefit Aquarium programs, exhibits and research.
During World Ocean Month, the Aquarium will be releasing new virtual educational resources on its Facebook including:
- World Reef Day
The Aquarium premiered a new video on its Facebook page with a focus on World Reef Day. This day calls for the community to raise awareness and take action to create positive change to protect the world’s reefs. Coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Fish and other organisms find shelter, food, reproduce and raise their young in the reef.
- Hawaiians and the Sea on June 21 and 28
The Aquarium will be live streaming new Hawaiians and the Sea presentations from Outrigger Waikīkī and the Outrigger Reef. Dean Spencer, Waikīkī Aquarium school support program coordinator, will share rare artifacts and information about how the early Hawaiians survived and sustained their livelihood prior to other cultures coming to Hawaiʻi.
- Ocean Classroom in June
A new episode of Ocean Classroom featuring Patty Miller, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary education coordinator will be released.
For more information, visit the Waikīkī Aquarium website. The Aquarium is a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa research facility.