Posts Tagged ‘Waikiki Aquarium’


Ensen and Lia checking out the monk seals at Waikiki Aquarium.

One of the great things about having a young child is rediscovering some of the great – and affordable – activities and attractions we enjoyed as kids growing up. Being from the Big Island, it was always a treat to come to Oahu to visit family. It also meant an opportunity to visit the zoo, aquarium, museums, and other fun stuff, things we didn’t have in Kona. On the other hand, Kelly grew up on Oahu and enjoyed these things on a much more regular basis.

But the bottom line is after we both got older, we lost touch with these great backyard treasures which have only gotten better with time. Now as parents, we’re relishing the opportunity to rediscover and explore Oahu’s great family activities and attractions with Ensen (now 20-months old). But more than that, many of our friends also have kids and are reconnecting like we are with childhood favorites. Exploring together as families makes the experience that much richer.

We recently visited the Waikiki Aquarium for the first time in years with my buddy Brad and his daughter Lia. Admission is just $9 for adults ($6 kamaaina) and kids under 4-years-old are free. It’s not the biggest aquarium, but it’s got a lot of cool stuff to explore. I put together this short tour of the facility. Can you name the marine animal in the last part of the video?

One of the coolest things about the Waikiki Aquarium is the Hawaiian Monk Seal feeding show. The trainers there are well educated and share the knowledge with park visitors several times throughout the day. I actually shot the entire show (10 minutes) which was one of the big highlights of our visit.

If you haven’t been to the aquarium in a while, I recommend you head back soon. Lot’s of fun and a great value. And while we’re on the subject, here are some other places we like that you may want to check out that are equally affordable and perfect for the family:

What are your favorite activities and attractions on Oahu that don’t break the bank? I’m always in search for more fun things to do with the family!


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UPDATE: I’m proud to report that Honolulu Twestival raised more than $7,000 for charity:water! We had an awesome turnout at Oceans 808 and want to say MAHALO to everyone for their support. In case you weren’t able to be there that night, the leaders behind this effort – Ryan Ozawa and Vernon Brown We’ll look forward to seeing you next year! – have the story covered on their blogs.



Dear Readers:

I’m proud to be part of the volunteer organizing committee for the first-ever Honolulu Twestival, a grassroots, 100 percent volunteer driven effort to raise money for charity: water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

On Thursday, February 12, Honolulu will join more than 175 international cities in hosting a Twestival at Oceans 808 from 5-9 p.m. to bring Hawaii’s social networking communities together in an effort to raise money for this great cause. Our pau hana-style event will feature great food, drinks, and a lineup of live entertainment, including Guy Cruz, Anuhea, Mailani Makainai, Jama Hang, and Sunset.

Did I mention we’ve also received some great donations to give away throughout the night that includes hotel stays at The Wyland Waikiki, Aqua Resorts, and Sheraton Waikiki? Not to mention spa treaments from Spa Pure, roundtrip on the Hawaii Superferry, tuition to the Bartending Academy, admission to the Waikiki Aquarium, gift certificates for Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar and d.k Steakhouse, tickets for Atlantis Submarines and much more.

Tickets are just $20 per person presale online and $25 at the door that night, and includes pupu buffet and two (2) drinks. I should also mention that 100 percent of the ticket sales go directly to charity: water.  Please note that this event is only open to those 21 and older.


Why am I involved in this? For one to experience how social networking communities (like Twitter) can come together to collaborate on an international scale, but working from a local level to impact a single cause.  And second, the fact that right now, 1.1 billion people on the planet don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water opened my eyes.  That’s one in six people.  Many communities in developing nations often have a plentiful supply of clean drinking water just below the ground, but no way to get to it. This is where charity: water and its partner organizations come in.

By purchasing a $20 ticket and joining us next week Thursday, you can give one person clean and safe drinking water for 20 years.

BTW, this wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of Ryan Ozawa and Vernon Brown who spearheaded the effort. And also to our sponsors Farmers Hawaii,,, The Kelly Mitchell Group, KGMB9 News, SubscriberMail, Alltop, and Pono Media.

Mahalo in advance for your support and I hope to see you on Thursday at Oceans 808.


[Honolulu Twestival logo designed by Valentino Valdez of Valdezign.]

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