Waikiki Aquarium Unveils New Exhibit
Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii, August 2 (DHN) – This August 18ththe Waikiki Aquarium will be unveiling a brand new exhibit from the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. This exciting Oahu attraction will allow visitors to see unique creatures from the areas over 7,000 marine species, a quarter of which are only found in the Hawaiian Archipelago waters. The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands is home to the largest conservation area in America, the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. Covering nearly 140,000 square miles in the Pacific Ocean, the monument’s area contains 10 islands and atolls. With an extensive array of coral reefs, Papahanaumokuakea is a pristine underwater oasis that has been called the “rainforest of the sea.” Created by Presidential proclamation on June 15, 2006, the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument is the world’s largest fully protected marine area. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the State of Hawaii work in conjunction to administer the monument. In 2010, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument to its World Heritage List. The coral reef ecosystem in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument has a greater diversity of reef habitat than main Hawaiian Islands. With approximately 5,178 square miles of coral reef habitat, the area is home to the endangered Hawaiian monk seal and the threatened green sea turtle. Not only does the monument protect monk seals and sea turtles, it is also home to over 14 million seabirds.