Ocean Day to be held Feb. 23


The sixth annual University of Hawaii at Hilo Ocean Day Hawaii Malama Kanaloa Festival will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Hilo Bayfront.

Information booths will feature UH-Hilo Marine Science and Hawaii IMUA III EPSCoR researchers, Kalakaua Marine Education Center, NOAA‚’s Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, the Honolulu Zoo, Hilo Marine Mammal Response Network, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance, Malama Kaaina Hana Kaaina, Department of Land and Natural Resources, and many others.

Family-friendly activities will include fishing games, marine critter touch tanks, mask and puppet making, marine life block-printing, makahiki games, face painting, poi pounding, seed planting, and more. Music provided by Kainani Kahaunaele, Lono Kanaka`ole Trio, and hula by Ka Umeke Kaeo students.

Ocean Day is focused on increasing awareness of ocean and coastal issues such as conservation, sustainable use of resources and ocean safety through fun and interactive displays, activities and booths. The mission is to raise public awareness of the impact people have on the ocean environment, promote conservation of precious ocean and coastal resources in a culturally sensitive way, and communicate the outcomes of current ocean and coastal research, management and education efforts in Hawai‘i.

For more information, e-mail Hooululahui Perry at hperry@hawaii.edu, or call JoAnne Riviera at 933-0706.

 

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