Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Visit Waikiki Aquarium

The Waikiki Aquarium in Honolulu unveiled its first major exhibit in 7 years on August 18, 2011. The exhibit showcases fish from Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, and will include some very rare fish that visitors to the aquarium may never have the chance to see again. Some of these species of fish are only  found in a federally protected area of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

The Fish

Visitors to this exhibit will have the opportunity to observe extremely rare fish; some of which can only be found on the north-west Hawaiian Islands. Of the approximately 7,000 species that inhabit these remote islands about 25 percent of these fish can only be found in this specific areas of Hawaii.  Some of the species included in this exhibit will be:
    • Masked Angelfish,   Genicanthus personatus
    • Hawaiian Morwong,            Goniistius vittatus kikakapu
    • Bandit Angelfish,     Apolemichthys arcuatus
    • Thompson’s Anthias,          Pseudanthias thompsoni
 The Exhibit
The exhibit, which is located at the Waikiki Beach Aquarium, will include a 4,400-gallon public display. Located nearby are interactive touch screens that will give visitors information on the significance of the islands, their ecology and biodiversity, and how important it is for this pristine marine ecosystem to be preserved for future generations.  

The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is a remote 140,000 square mile conservation area comprising 10 islands and atolls in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Along with being designated a United Nations World Heritage site, it is also one of only 26 World Heritage sites in the world and the first ever in the U.S. possessing both natural and cultural importance.

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