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


May

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

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

  • 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.

September - October


November


December