Waikiki Aquarium celebrates 110th anniversary

Hundreds of people gathered at Waikiki Aquarium Wednesday for its 110th anniversary celebration.

“One-hundred-and-ten is a major achievement,” Andrew Rossiter, Waikiki Aquarium director. “We’re actually the second oldest aquarium in the United States. We opened in 1904. The original location was about 300 yards back toward Waikiki and we moved about 55 years ago.”

The aquarium was filled exhibits and demonstrations, like a historical look back at the Aquarium’s past and future plans, monk “seal-abration” presentations, a marine-themed art exhibit by Iolani School students, and an aquarium built entirely of LEGOs by the LEGO Enthusiast Association of Hawaii.

“Today we’re focusing on our research education and conservation heritage,” Rossiter said. “We’ve got many of the partners that we collaborate with in the community on various projects.”

Visitors were also treated to a live performance by the Royal Hawaiian Band, birthday cake and a special discounted admission of $1.10.

A second Family Day celebration is set for Saturday, March 22, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The celebratory lineup includes The Great Marine Chalk Art Draw and Kids Doodle Zone featuring chalk art by local artists, performances by the University of Hawaii Rainbow Marching Band and the musical “The Honu by the Sea,” and activities from the Aquarium’s education department.

Admission will also be $1.10 the entire day.

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