Founded in 1904, Waikiki Aquarium is the third oldest in the United States. Since 1919 it has been a part of the University of Hawaii. Its exhibits, programs, and research focus on the aquatic life of Hawaii and the tropical Pacific. Over 2,500 organisms in Waikiki Aquarium’s exhibits represent more than 420 species of aquatic animals and plants. The Waikiki Aquarium has also been designated as the Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center for the Pacific Island Region of the Coastal America Partnership.
Waikiki Aquarium takes advantage of Hawaii’s abundant sunshine to house one of the oldest and largest collections of living coral in the world. It is also one of only two places in the world where monk seals can be seen on exhibit. Monk seals are an endangered species and are only found in the Hawaiian Islands.
WINDOW TO THE SEA demonstrates how Waikiki Aquarium biologists propagate living coral, explores the research on the brown stingray found in the waters around Oahu, and reveals the secrets of the mysterious chambered nautilus.
For more information about Waikiki Aquarium, visit www.waquarium.org.