Events

During the year we participate in many outreach events. Come join us for a variety of educational activities, inspiring talks and hands-on fun! Check back periodically for updates.


January

  • Waimea Ocean Film Festival
    January 1 to 4, 2020
    in Waimea, at the Mauna Kea Resort and the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaiʻi
    January 5 to 8, 2020
    at the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai
    For more information, visit www.waimeaoceanfilm.org

  • Kauaʻi Ocean Discovery Center Grand Opening
    Saturday, January 11, 2020, 10:30 am to 3:00 pm
    at Kauaʻi Ocean Discovery
    at Kukui Grove Center
    3-2600 Kaumualii Highway, Lihuʻe, HI 96766
    For more information, see flyer

  • Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Leveraging 3D technology to protect and conserve coral reef ecosystems

    Come join us as we hear from John Burns, Ph. D. Assistant Professor - Marine Science Department, at UH Hilo, Affiliate Researcher for NOAA Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
    Thursday, January 16, 2020, 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

  • A Monumental Celebration at the Waikīkī Aquarium to mark 10 years of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument as a World Heritage Site
    Waikīkī Aquarium, in collaboration with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and other partners, is hosting an event to celebrate several significant milestones, including the inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Papahānaumokuākea is the first mixed UNESCO World Heritage site in the United States and the second World Heritage site in Hawai‘i. Festivities at Waikīkī Aquarium will include ocean education and sustainability activities featuring the islands and atolls of Papahānaumokuākea. Artist and special guest Patrick Ching will be on hand to unveil a new Papahānaumokuākea coloring book. Event entrance is included with regular Aquarium admission.
    Sunday, February 16, 2020, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
    at the Waikīkī Aquarium
    2777 Kalākaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

    Other Upcoming Seminars being held in February at the Waikīkī Aquarium
    Feb. 4 • 3:30 – 4:30 pm • Dr. Robin Baird, Cascadia Research Collective • What studies in the main Hawaiian Islands can tell us about the whales and dolphins of Papahānaumokuākea
    Feb. 19 • 3:30 – 4:30 pm • Dr. Allison Sherwood, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa • Discoveries from the Deep: New Limu from Hawai‘i’s Mesophotic Reefs
    Seminars are free. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, register at https://waikikiaquarium.eventbrite.com
    For more information, please visit: https://waikikiaquarium.eventbrite.com
    View flyer

  • Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Protecting Seabirds on Midway Atoll

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be implementing the Midway Seabird Protection plan in 2020. This plan will protect the seabird population at Midway by removing invasive mice from Sand Island, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. This removal is necessary to protect the largest colony of albatross in the world as well as 29 other species of birds that rely on Midway Atoll. On more than 500 other islands worldwide, similar invasive rodent removal campaigns successfully resulted in long-term benefits to native species and outweighed the limited, short-lived negative impacts from an eradication operation. This presentation by USFWS Superintendent for Papahānaumokuākea Jared Underwood, Ph.D. will discuss the project and the effort that it has taken to get to this point. Focus will be on the challenges associated with such a complex project and creative and innovative methods that have been developed to deal with these problems.
    Thursday, February 20, 2020, 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

  • Presentation at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Humpback Whales in Glacier Bay National Park: Navigating Oceans of Change

    For the past 30 years, Glacier Bay National Park Wildlife Biologist Christine Gabriele has led the Park’s humpback whale population monitoring program in Southeast Alaska. In this slide program, she’ll share some of her findings and highlight the importance of long term studies in understanding our changing oceans.
    Thursday, February 27, 2020, 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

March


April

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    How will the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands respond to climate change? A look at past, present, and future sea level change and storms within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
    Thursday, April 16, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Haunani Kane, PhD, National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biology at the University of Hawaiʻi
    The future existence of low lying atoll islands is of global concern, as entire island nations and highly evolved ecosystems are projected to become uninhabitable in the next 30-50 years due to sea level rise. Despite this recognized vulnerability, most studies fail to account for the biological controls upon island resiliency. Typically, sea level research instead assumes atoll islands are static and do not recover from environmental stressors. Join Haunani Kane, PhD, National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biology at the University of Hawaiʻi as she shares data from the fossil record, kaʻao (Hawaiian legends), and future climate projections that give a glimpse of how islands at Lalo respond to past, present, and future changes in sea level and storms.
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May

  • Virtual Manu o Kū Festival
    Saturday, May 16, 2020
    For more information and to view the virtual festival, visit manuokufestival.org

  • NOAA Live! Pacific Islands Interactive Webinar Series
    Stories in the Stone: Archaeology in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
    Monday, May 18, 2020, 9:00 am to 9:45 am
    Malia Evans, Education and Native Hawaiian outreach specialist at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center in Hilo, Hawaiʻi
    Take a journey to the most isolated archipelago in the world to learn how ancestral Hawaiians shared ecological and cultural observations and knowledge across time and space. This presentation and hands-on activity will explore the stones of this storied landscape, as well as the oral traditions and relationships contemporary Hawaiians maintain to the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. We’ll conclude by designing kiʻi pōhaku (petroglyphs) that represent you, your family, or your community. This webinar is targeted to students grades 2–6, but is suitable for all ages to enjoy.
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  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Hollywood Sharks vs. Real Sharks
    Thursday, May 21, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Doug Perrine, World Famous Marine Photographer and Author
    Over a lifetime, Doug Perrine has traveled the planet studying and photographing the marine environment with a particular passion for some of the oceanʻs largest and least understood animals -- sharks. In this presentation, Doug will deconstruct the media bias concerning this large and diverse class of fishes, and show how sharks portrayed in Hollywood and in the media are very different from the real behavior of these fascinating, ancient, and ecologically important animals. Through vibrant imagery, as well as intimate observations of these sometimes secretive animals, Doug will shed light on their real behavior and life history.
    Doug is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost marine wildlife photographers. His photographs have been reproduced in virtually every major nature magazine in the world, as well as in thousands of books, calendars, greeting cards, posters, etc., including more than 100 covers. His photography has won a number of awards, including the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition as the overall winner (2004), and also winner of the animal behavior category and the Nature's Best/Cemex competition in the Professional Marine Wildlife category. He is also the author of seven books on marine life and numerous magazine articles. Please join us for what is certain to be an enlightening encounter with a very misunderstood group of animals.
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June

  • Virtual World Oceans Day Celebration
    Saturday, June 13, 2020, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    World Oceans Day is recognized annually around the world on June 8th. On World Oceans Day, people around the world celebrate and honor our ocean, which connects us all. This year, in 2020, NOAA's Pacific Islands Region is excited to be collaborating with other community partners to offer two (free) fun ways to celebrate. On June 13, NOAA and Ko Olina Resort Association and other community partners will host a virtual World Oceans Day Celebration from 3 - 5 p.m. The event can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/OiwiTV. In addition, we have teamed up with artist Patrick Ching to provide an opportunity to Celebrate World Oceans Day through Art. Just download (free) a coloring sheet from artist Patrick Ching's new Papahānaumokuākea song and coloring book, color, select a category and submit.
    For details on both events, see World Oceans Day flyer and Ocean Art Expo flyer.

July - August

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    2018 Exploration of Strange "Off-Ridge" Seamounts in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
    Thursday, July 16, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Dr. Christopher Kelley, University of Hawaiʻi
    Join Dr. Christopher Kelley as he discusses the 2018 Exploration Vessel Nautilus expedition to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument where they explored 10 unusual seamounts located north of the Hawaiian Ridge. The origin of these seamounts is enigmatic since they form a line parallel to, but well north of the islands, atolls, banks, and seamounts created when the Pacific Plate moved over the Hawaiian hotspot. Figuring out how and when they formed, as well as what sea creatures live there were the objectives of the project. Both multibeam mapping and ROV dives were conducted during the cruise that yielded high resolution images of the seamounts, rock samples for Ar/Ar dating and chemical analyses, biological specimens of potential new species, and high resolution video of their geology and biological communities. An update on the process of analyzing these samples/specimens and video will be provided, as well as a preview of a follow up cruise by the Nautilus currently being planned for 2021.
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  • Get into Your Sanctuary Day
    Friday, July 31, 2020, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    This year’s virtual Get Into Your Sanctuary weekend is happening July 31 to August 2. Join us for a unique opportunity to experience NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary System from wherever you are. From taking an ocean safari to virtually diving through shipwrecks to learning how to cook sustainably from a professional chef, there will be something for everyone to enjoy!
    Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument’s one-hour event will be featured on: Friday, July 31 - 1 PM SST / 2 PM HST / 7 PM CDT / 8 PM EDT. The full schedule of activities is available here.
    The Hawaiian Proverb “Kui ‘ia ka lei moku e Kanaloa” translates to “The islands are strung together as lei by Kanaloa, god of the sea.” During these extraordinary times, the ocean has been a source of comfort, recreation, and provision for those in need. Now is the time to stand together to protect our ocean legacy for ourselves and for future generations. Explore Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, see the impact of marine debris on the monument, and reflect on our everyday actions and choices and their connection to the natural world.
    How to Tune In
    All of the events will be available through Facebook Live and Facebook Watch Party. To attend, simply visit NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Facebook page and be sure to “like” our Facebook page to receive event reminders.
    More information is available here.
    See flyer.

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Unleashing the Innovator in Every Child
    Thursday, August 20, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Christian Wong, Hawaiʻi Science and Technology Museum
    Join Hawaiʻi Science and Technology Museum Executive Director Christian Wong for his talk about community robotics and mentoring the next generation of science and engineering leaders. In partnership with NOAA's Mokupāpapa Discovery Center in Hilo, Christian and HSTM developed the Kenyan K. Beals Community Robotics Center in support of student engineering and robotics projects and are currently preparing to launch a small satellite they helped develop to take measurements of the thermosphere. Christian will also talk about how the museum is adjusting to providing STEM education during the pandemic, and the role innovation plays in education and developing a sustainable economy for Hawaiʻi Island.
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September - October

  • Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference
    September 1 to 3, 2020
    For more information, visit https://www.hawaiiconservation.org/conference/2020-conservation-conference

  • Halloween Ocean Art Expo
    September 1 to October 31, 2020
    Share your ocean inspiration through a character creation of your own! The Halloween Ocean Art Expo is free and open to students K-12. Draw your own Ocean Superhero, Super Villain, or Ocean Legend and submit your art here.
    For more information, visit http://www.waikikiaquarium.org/interact/special-events/halloween-ocean-art-expo

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    3D Modeling Coral Reefs: How Data Science Helps Us Better Understand Coral Reef Ecosystems
    Thursday, September 17, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    John Burns, PhD. University of Hawai`i at Hilo
    Coral reefs are both culturally and economically important, yet these ecosystems still remain poorly understood. Join Dr. John Burns to learn how the Multiscale Environmental Graphical Analysis Lab uses cutting-edge 3D technology to map reefs in high-resolution. These 3D reconstructions are then layered with real-world data to improve our understanding of the biology and ecology of these habitats. This work has helped us to learn how coral reefs are changing over time, and how these changes affect associated reef organisms and the services we as humans depend on. Ultimately, our goal is to use innovative technologies to improve our understanding of coral reefs and develop techniques to help protect and preserve these ecosystems for future generations.
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  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Revealing the Secret Lives of Sharks
    Thursday, October 15, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    Dr. Carl Meyer, Associate Researcher at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology
    The ocean conceals the daily lives of its inhabitants from our view. For us to learn about the natural behaviors of elusive marine animals like sharks, we need a way to remotely unveil what is happening beneath the surface and beyond our sight. Recent decades have seen the development of increasingly sophisticated, animal-borne electronic devices that are providing surprising new insights into shark biology and guiding management and conservation strategies. Join Dr. Carl Meyer as he shares data from long-term tracking studies within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument that have followed individual sharks and ulua (or giant trevally) for up to 11 years revealing their daily and seasonal migrations. Learn more about some unexpected journeys and enter a portal into predator responses, as well as a destructive hurricane strike.
    Register for webinar

November

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series | Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Reframing wahi kūpuna: The tangibles and intangibles of cultural heritage in Papahānaumokuākea
    Thursday, November 19, 2020, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
    V. Kalani Quiocho Jr., Native Hawaiian Program Specialist at Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
    As Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument celebrates 10 years as a natural and cultural World Heritage site and over two decades of protections, Hawaiian community leaders continue to be active agents of biocultural conservation and restoration in PMNM. Innovative practitioners within the Hawaiian cultural resources management community have led a resurgence in ʻŌiwi (Indigenous) institutions and methodologies and conducted (re)search on (k)new information and ancestral memories about the functions of cultural land- and seascapes. Join Kalani Quiocho as he provides a brief history of research on cultural resources, and several examples illustrating how the concept of cultural resources is (re)framed and implemented in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument management.
    Register for webinar

December