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.


February

  • Bishop Museum Fall in Love with Science
    Sunday, February 12, 2017, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    at the Bishop Museum
    1525 Bernice St, Honolulu, HI 96817

March

  • Keiki Fun Sunday Dolphin Awareness!
    Sunday, March 5, 2017, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    at Sealife Park
    41-202 Kalanianaole Highway #7, Waimanalo, HI 96795
    For more information, visit www.sealifeparkhawaii.com/funsundaydolphink

  • Waikiki Aquarium 113th Anniversary
    Sunday, March 26, 2017, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
    at the Waikīkī Aquarium
    2777 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
    Food, music, and activities, including invasive algae cleanup, monk seal and whale hats, and educational activities.

April

May

  • Join us for a month of lectures at Hanauma Bay's Theatre Thursdays in May

    •  May 4 - Dr. Chris Kelly, deep-sea biologist with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's Undersea Research Lab, will discuss the Biology and Geology of Deep Seamounts in Papahānaumokuākea
    •  May 11 - Dr. Kelly Keogh, maritime archaeologist for Papahānaumokuākea, will talk about Maritime Resources of Midway Atoll and the Battle of Midway 75th Commemoration
    •  May 18 - Dr. Carl Meyer, a marine biologist with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, will present on Fish Tracking throughout the Archipelago
    •  May 25 - Kalani Quiocho, Native Hawaiian specialist for Papahānaumokuākea, will talk about the Cultural Heritage of Papahānaumokuākea

    All lectures are from 6:30 PM to 7:30 pm
    at the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Theater
    100 Hanauma Bay Rd (off Kalanianaʻole Hwy)
    Admission and parking are free

June

  • North Shore Ocean Fest (World Oceans Day)
    Saturday, June 3, 2017, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
    at Turtle Bay Resort, North Shore Oʻahu
    For more information, visit https://nsoec.wordpress.com/2017-ocean-fest/

  • Battle of Midway 75th Anniversary Remembrance
    Monday, June 5, 2017, 7:30 am to 9:30 am
    at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center on the Big Island
    76 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
    For more information, see flyer

  • World Oceans Day Celebration
    Saturday, June 10, 2017, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    at Ko Olina Resort, Grand Lawn, Ulua Lagoon 4
    For more information, see flyer

  • World Celebration of the Ocean
    To honor the Year of the Monk Seal and the Mālama Honua Voyage

    Saturday, June 10, 2017, Open 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
    Activities held from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

    Please join us for:
    • Lessons on the Hawaiian Star Compass
    • Ti leaf lei making
    • Hawaiian moon calendar activities
    • Videos on navigation
    • Arts and crafts

    This is a free and family-friendly event
    at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    76 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
    Contact us at: (808)933-8195
    For more information, see flyer

  • Mokupāpapa Discovery Center Presents a Special Wednesday Night Lecture
    Oasis in a desert sea, the lives of Hawai‘i’s dophins and whales
    The author Robin Baird will be talking about his new book

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    This is a free event
    at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    76 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
    Contact us at: (808)933-8195
    For more information, see flyer

July

  • Conservation Mini-Fair and Summer Reading Finale
    Saturday, July 15, 2017, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
    at the Hawaii State Library
    478 S King St
    Honolulu, HI 96813
    For more information, visit http://www.librarieshawaii.org/event/conservation-mini-fair-and-summer-reading-finale/

  • Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference
    July 18 to 20, 2017
    at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center

    Please join Papahānaumokuākea staff and partners for various presentations during the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference on July 18-20, 2017:

    Forum: What's Your Punchline? How to Make Your Message Resonate with Different Audiences
    Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
    Time: 3:15 PM to 5:15 PM
    Room: 315
    Moderators: Toni Parras, NOAA-PMNM Communications Manager, Kainoa Kaulukukui-Narikawa, NOAA-PMNM Education Specialist, and Amy Olliffe, USFWS Education and Outreach Specialist
    Do you want to learn how to better communicate with your audience and get them more engaged in your issue? Then don't miss this interactive forum that will give you hands-on practice dealing with different scenarios. Successful examples, tips, tools, what to avoid, and alternatives for messaging will be covered. Who Should Come: Resource managers, educators, scientists, practitioners and others working in conservation and resource management who want to learn how to improve their effectiveness in engaging with various groups. These audiences include partners, decision makers, school and youth groups, teachers, the general public, and the media. If you have a need to communicate science to broad audiences, Sign up and Show up! View flyer
    To RSVP, sign up at https://goo.gl/mU03v1

    Forum: Papahānaumokuākea: Large-Scale Progression of Co-Management and Cultural Integration
    Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Room: 316 B/C
    Moderators: Kalani Quiocho, NOAA-PMNM Native Hawaiian Program Specialist and Brad Ka‘aleleo Wong, OHA Papahānaumokuākea Program Specialist
    Large-scale protected areas require a collaborative approach to address the broad range of challenges. For nearly two decades the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) have received a number of designations: a) the NWHI Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve in 2000 by President Clinton; b) the NWHI Reserve in 2005 by the State of Hawai‘i; c) the NWHI Marine National Monument in 2006 by President Bush; d) the inscription of the region as the first, and currently only, mixed (natural and cultural) UNESCO World Heritage Site in the country in 2010; and e) the recent proclamation for the expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) in 2016 by President Obama. Throughout this timeline of events, the co-managing agencies and Native Hawaiian community have taken critical steps towards integration which now offers a model for collaborative partnerships. With the recent expansion of PMNM, a mix of federal and state agencies collectively known as the Co-Trustees - NOAA, US Fish & Wildlife Service, the State of Hawaiʻi and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs - are now poised to begin a planning process to shape the next chapter of management in this vast expanse of Moananuiākea. This tremendous task will require intra-governmental collaborative relationships and community partnerships to leverage the resources and expertise within each agency to conserve and protect resources and connect people and communities to this effort. This forum will introduce the progression of protection within Papahānaumokuākea, highlight how culture has influenced the overall management, and discuss collaborative approaches towards effective conservation and management.

    Conservation Connections Public Afternoon
    Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    Time: 1:00 to 5:30 pm
    Invite your friends and family to the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference during the Conservation Connections Public Afternoon! From 1:00 to 5:30 pm, all sessions, posters, and exhibition are open to the public. Visit various booths in the Exhibitors Hall on the third floor.

    Full conference schedule available at: http://www.hawaiiconservation.org/images/uploads/conference/2017_HCC_Program_Book_final_LR-ilovepdf-compressed.pdf

August

  • National Get Into Your Sanctuary Day
    Saturday, August 12, 2017, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
    10:00 am - Unveiling of New Keiki Area
    11:00 am - Opening of Liquid Galaxy Exhibit

    This is a free event
    at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    76 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
    Please Join us for activities and Fun for the Keiki!
    Contact us at: (808)933-8195
    For more information, see flyer

September

  • Sea Life Park's Hawaiian Monk Seal Keiki Fun Sunday
    Sunday, September 3, 2017, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    at Sealife Park
    41-202 Kalanianaʻole Highway #7, Waimanalo, HI 96795
    For more information, visit http://www.sealifeparkhawaii.com/plan-a-visit/events

  • 10th Anniversary Celebration for Peace Day Hawai‘i
    This year’s theme is “Journey for Peace with Aloha: Making Connections”
    Nainoa Thompson will receive the 2017 Peace Day Hawai‘i Distinguished Peacemaker Award

    Saturday, September 16, 2017
    2:00 pm to 6:00 pm activities, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm award ceremony, guest speakers, and entertainment
    at the SGI-USA Hawai‘i Culture Center
    2729 Pali Highway, Honolulu, HI 96817, (808) 595-6324

October

  • Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Come learn more about Hawaiian Monk Seals and our Futures Together
    from Tara Spiegel from Ke Kai Ola, the Marine Mammal Center

    Thursday, October 19, 2017, 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

  • 2017 SOEST Open House
    Friday, October 20, 8:30 am to 2:00 pm
    Saturday, October 21, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    at the UH-Manoa Campus
    For more information, visit https://www.soest.hawaii.edu/soestwp/2017-soest-open-house/

  • A Family Fun Day at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Presenting "A Perfect Day for an Albatross"

    Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
    At 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, Caren Loebel-Fried an award winning Author and Artist will be giving a presentation, reading and book signing of her new children's picture book "A Perfect Day for an Albatross". She will also be demonstrating the ancient art of block printing.
    At 11:30 am, Linda Elliott from Hawaii Wildlife Center will be giving a talk on Albatross habitat.
    The rest of the day will be filled with activities, games and demonstrations.
    At 12:30 pm, there will be an Albatross DANCE contest.

    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

November

  • A Special Evening of Honey, Hula, Jazz, and Blues at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    Black and White Night

    Friday, November 3, 2017, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    –Come and try over 90 different types of honey from Hawaiʻi Island bee keepers
    –Kumu Hula Mele Manuel's Halau Hula Ke ʻOlu O Mauna Loa will perform hula from 5 – 6 PM
    –Hawaiʻi Island Veteranʻs East Hawaiʻi Jazz and Blues Festival All Stars will close out the night from 8 -10 PM ($5 suggested donation). Artists include Keahi Conjugacion, Jessie Laine Powell, Larry Dupio, and more!

    This is a free event
    at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
    76 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
    Phone: 808-933-8180
    For more information, see flyer

  • 9th Annual Hāna Limu Festival
    Saturday, November 18, 2017, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
    Kapueokahi – Hāna Bay Beach Park