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

May

  • Craft Night at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Thursday, May 2, 2019 and Thursday, May 23, 2019, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
    at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    76 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
    Mokupāpapa Discovery Center and Kilauea Pottery present our series of monthly family craft nights.
    This Month will be a 2 part class.
    Part 1 - May 2nd - class will be instruction from a clay artist, Bevin Kilfoyle who will show us, step by step, how to sculpt a hammerhead shark and turn it into a mobile or wall hanging!
    Part 2 - May 23rd - Glazing session. Come add color to your own custom sculpture!
    $30.00 for a 2 Part Instructional class
    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

June

  • Craft Night at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Thursday, June 27, 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
    Mokupāpapa Discovery Center and Kilauea Pottery present our series of monthly family craft nights. This month we will be glazing a custom clay figurine of a Sea Star. This one is called a Valvaster striatus. It is found in the Hawaiian Islands, including Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. It's not the most common sea star in the monument but it's colorful. Sign up early due to a limited supply of figurines.
    $15.00 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

July

  • Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Mokupāpapa Hosts an Evening of Music, Verse and Story

    A diverse group of storytellers will come together in downtown Hilo for an enchanting celebration of words and music in “Evoking Islands: An evening of Hawai'i Song, Poetry and Prose" at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center. The program is inspired by Hawaiʻi’s talk story heritage and our deep relationship to the archipelago’s natural wonders and enduring cultural traditions.
    Thursday, July 18, 2019, 5:30 pm to 7:00 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, July 25, 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 Hawaiian lionfish. The Hawaiian lionfish can be found at depths of 9 to 400 feet in the eastern Central Pacific including Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Sign up early due to a limited supply of figurines.
    $15.00 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

August

  • Get Into Your Sanctuary Day
    Join us for family-friendly activities exploring the wonders of our National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments. Robotics! Art! Virtual Reality Dives! Ocean Stewardship! Games!
    Friday, August 2, 2019, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    This is a free event
    at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    76 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
    Please feel free to contact Andy.Collins@noaa.gov or call (808) 933-8180
    For more information, see flyer

September

October

November

December



For more information, call 808-498-4709.

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