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

  • Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    What’s it like to be a SCUBA Diver?

    Thursday, January 18, 2018, 6:00 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

February

  • Craft Night at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Kiln the Whale!

    Thursday, February 22, 2018, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Sessions at 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm
    at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    76 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
    Come color and glaze a custom created clay whale figurine at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center. February is Humpback Whale month in Hawaiʻi and we are celebrating with the first monthly family craft night, in partnership with our friends from Kilauea Pottery. If you come each month, by the end of the year you will have 12 figurines to make a hanging mobile, tree ornaments, or gifts just in time for Christmas!
    $10.00 per whale
    Please preregister and prepay at Kilauea Pottery, phone 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

  • Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Return to the Wild: an update on ‘Alalā reintroduction efforts

    Thursday, March 15, 2018, 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, March 22, 2018, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Sessions every half hour until 5:30 pm
    at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    76 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
    Come color and glaze a custom clay figurine of a new deep-reef Butterflyfish species found in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Sign up early due to a limited supply of figurines.
    $10.00 per figurine
    Please preregister and prepay at Kilauea Pottery, phone 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

  • The Rama Exhibition Grand Opening in Hilo
    Informal Opening: Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Opening is free
    Exhibition runs through the month of April
    at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    76 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
    The Rama Exhibition takes visitors on a journey to feel whatʻs happening to life on Earth, and why it is essential to preserve it. Painted over the course of five years by Rama the Elephant at the Oregon Zoo, and detailed over eleven years by Waimea eco-cultural and conservation artist Calley O’Neill, the interspecies paintings feature endangered and threatened wildlife from around the world with a focus on Hawaiian species and ecosystems.
    Please feel free to contact Andy.Collins@noaa.gov or call (808) 933-8181
    For more information, see flyer

  • Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Hōkūle‘a World Wide Voyage, and the Polynesian Voyaging Renaissance

    Thursday, April 19, 2018, 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
    Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Sessions every half hour until 5:30 pm
    at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    76 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
    This month we will be glazing a custom clay ornament of a voyaging seascape. We are celebrating Hōkūle‘a and the Mālama Honua World Wide Voyage. Come paint and learn about this historic voyage, the people and the wa‘a that made the trip. Sign up early due to a limited supply of ornaments.
    $10.00 per figurine
    Please preregister and prepay at Kilauea Pottery, phone 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

For more information, call 808-933-8180.

Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
76 Kamehameha Avenue
Hilo, Hawaiʻi 96720
Phone: 808-933-8180