Education

Mokupāpapa Discovery Center Events

Students perform an opening ceremony at Mokupāpapaʻs Grand reopening.
Ka ʻUmeke Kaʻeo Public Charter School students perform an opening ceremony at Mokupāpapaʻs Grand reopening. Credit: NOAA

During the year we host many events at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center. Come join us for a variety of educational activities, inspiring talks and hands-on fun! Check back periodically for updates.

January

February

  • Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Kepā Maly – A Lifetime Perpetuating Hawaiian Culture, Language, and History

    Thursday, February 21, 2019, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
    This is a free event
    at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    76 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
    Please feel free to contact Clayton.Watkins@noaa.gov or call (808) 933-8184
    For more information, see flyer

  • Craft Night at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Thursday, February 28, 2019, 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
    Sessions every half hour until 6:00 pm
    at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    76 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
    This month we will be color glazing a custom clay figurine of a Humuhumunukunukuapua'a. This is the state fish of Hawaii and can be found throughout the Hawaiian islands and in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Sign up early due to a limited supply of figurines.
    $12.00 per figurine
    Please preregister online at kilaueapottery.com, or call 731-6614, or visit them at 46 Waianuenue Ave.
    Please feel free to contact Clayton.Watkins@noaa.gov or call (808) 933-8184
    For more information, see flyer

March

  • Zero Waste Big Island Meeting
    Friday, March 1, 2019, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
    This is a free event
    at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    76 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
    Zero Waste Big Island is a support group to connect people who would like to reduce the amount of waste they produce. Join us for our second meeting where our focus will be community building. It will be a chance to get to know each other, share ideas, and determine the future direction of the group.
    For more information, see flyer

  • Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Artist-at-Sea Closing Celebration
    Third Thursday By the Bay at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center

    Thursday, March 21, 2019, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
    at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    76 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
    Last chance to see an exhibit of artwork from the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Artist-at-Sea program at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center in Hilo. The exhibit features more than 50 pieces of artwork made from and inspired by local artists who participated on science expeditions aboard Falkor, the institute’s research vessel. Media include watercolor paintings, drawings, photography, fiber art, resin art, and data visualizations. This is a free event
    Please feel free to contact Clayton.Watkins@noaa.gov or call (808) 933-8184
    For more information, see flyer

  • Craft Night at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Thursday, March 28, 2019, 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
    Sessions every half hour until 6:00 pm
    at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    76 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
    This month we will be color glazing a custom clay figurine of a Jeweled Anemone Hermit Crab. This colorful crab lives in a borrowed snail shell and decorates the shell with anemones. It is found throughout the Hawaiian Islands, including in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Sign up early due to a limited supply of figurines.
    $12.00 per figurine
    Please preregister online at kilaueapottery.com, or call 731-6614, or visit them at 46 Waianuenue Ave.
    Please feel free to contact Clayton.Watkins@noaa.gov or call (808) 933-8184
    For more information, see flyer

April

  • Zero Waste Big Island Meeting
    Friday, April 5, 2019, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
    This is a free event
    at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    76 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
    Guest Speaker, Jon Olson is the co-founder of Recycle Hawai'i and a sitting member on the Hawai'i County Environmental Management Commission. He will give a brief background and history of these two organizations and discuss methods for moving solid and waste water initiatives forward in our community.
    Zero Waste Big Island is a support group to connect people who would like to reduce the amount of waste they produce. Join us for our second meeting where our focus will be community building. It will be a chance to get to know each other, share ideas, and determine the future direction of the group.
    For more information, see flyer

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For more information, call 808-498-4709.

Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
76 Kamehameha Avenue
Hilo, Hawaiʻi 96720
Phone: 808-498-4709