"Hands-on" and "interactive" are our middle names. Looking for something to do on the weekend, school breaks, or on holidays? We got the thing for you!
Our Family Programs and Lab Classes are a treat for anyone that has an interest in marine life. Design your own t-shirt, make a shrimp aquarium, or feed our fish; it's all possible.
Does science have your interest? We offer fun and exciting laboratory classes such as squid dissection, wet lab, and a plankton class.

Interested in our workshops and lab classes for your school, scouting troop, family gathering, or any other group? You may qualify for our group rates. Would like us to visit your school, child care center, or location? Most of our programs are also available as an outreach program.

The kids got to see all sorts of sea life (much like the aquarium) but they also got to go on a scavenger hunt, make a t-shirt, put together a puzzle, and watch videos. It was a fun outing.
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Opae Ula - Hawaiian Super Shrimp
The Shrimp Cube is our latest model and comes with decorative plant, gravel, 3 Opae, and a lid for convenience.
The Shrimp Cube is our latest model and comes with decorative plant, gravel, 3 Opae, and a lid for convenience.

Bring in your own aquarium and decorate it for a unique Opae Ula pet shrimp home.
Bring in your own aquarium and decorate it for a unique Opae Ula pet shrimp home.

The 'Opae Ula is a shrimp found locally in Hawaiian waters.
This cute animal is ideal as a pet for all ages because our environments are developed to need no cleaning, no feeding, and no hassle! Learn more about these amazing creatures and make your own customized pet shrimp aquarium.

The 'Opae Ula workshop is a fun family program!

Choose between the following options:

1. Bring in your own aquarium $12.50
2. Shrimp Cube (with lid) $17.50 new
3. Opae Ula Glass Globe $19.95

What is included?

 

Upcoming dates:  
Monday September 7, 1:00 p.m. Labor Day
Saturday September 12, 4:30 p.m. at Na Mea Hawaii
Wednesday October 7, 4:00 p.m. Fall Break
Saturday October 24, 4:30 p.m. at Na Mea Hawaii
   
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Online sale price: $12.50 (starting price)


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My husband and three young kids all loved the "super shrimp" class! Your facility is something that cannot be found anywhere else on the island and you put such thought into your classes. We all cannot wait to go back!
---Rachel through Facebook.

Recommended ages: 4 years and up
Adult price: 1 adult free per paying child
Program duration: 90 minutes
Check-in time: 15 minutes prior
Reservations: required

Additional decorative items such as shells, coral, plants, and extra shrimp may be available upon arrival. Fee ranges from $3 to $20.
Walk-ins: not available without reservation
Off-site workshops: $20 flat rate fee per aquarium. Walk-ins are accepted. Program duration is 1 hour and includes touching animals.
On-line booking: refund policy applies

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Behind the Seas Tour
Our fish warehouse holds hundreds of different colorful fish.
Our fish warehouse holds hundreds of different colorful fish.

Knowledgeble tourguides will show you fish you never thought existed.
Knowledgeble tourguides will show you fish you never thought existed.

Have you always wanted to take a peak "behind the scenes" and see how we operate our fish aquariums? Then you're in for a treat!
With our partner company - one of Hawaii's fish exporting businesses - we've developed a unique tour through our fish exporting warehouse. You'll be able to see how our fish arrive here, stay for a while, and go on their journey all over the world to pet stores, public aquariums, and research facilities.

 

This tour is for the curious fish enthusiast that wants to learn a little more.

("Behind the Seas" tour is developed for adults and families with children age 8 and older. "Behind the Scenes" tour may not be suitable for younger kids.)


Upcoming dates:  
Saturday September 26, 10:00 a.m.  
Saturday October 24, 10:00 a.m.  
   
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General Admission: $15.00 (child), $25.00 (adult)
Kama'aina & Military: $9.95 (child), $14.95 (adult)
 
Program Details


Fascinating, informative, beautiful. We were entertained every minute of our tour.
It is obviously our guide is passionate about Hawaii's aquarium fish.
---Hapa J. through TripAdvisor.


Recommended ages: 8 years and up
Kama'aina and Military discount available
Program duration: 60 minutes
Check-in time: 15 minutes prior
Reservations: required
Walk-ins: not available without reservation
On-line booking: refund policy applies

A flash light tour of our tropical fish warehouse will enlighten your knowledge of marine species..

A flash light tour of our tropical fish warehouse will enlighten your knowledge of marine species..
Guided Marine Center Tour
Friendly and knowledgeable  tour guided will make your visit unforgettable.
Friendly and knowledgeable tour guided will make your visit unforgettable.

The beautiful and colorful creatures of the ocean will delight any visitor.
The beautiful and colorful creatures of the ocean will delight any visitor.

This 90 minute visit of the Marine Center includes a guided tour of our tropical fish exhibits with one of our educators, Gyotaku fish print craft on paper, and a visit to our Discovery Zone to touch animals.

 

In addition to the guided tour, there is a chance to do several craft activities such as t-shirt printing, shell carving, jewelry making, and shell box making.

(Cost for craft materials not included in admission price. Add-on craft activities can be purchased upon arrival in our Welcome Center.
Materials available while supplies last.)

Upcoming dates:  
Saturday September 12, 10:00 a.m.  
Saturday October 10, 10:00 a.m.  
   
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General Admission: $20.00 (child), $15.00 (adult)
Kama'aina & Military: $9.95 (child), $7.50 (adult)
 
Program Details



Just had a fun guided tour here and had a lot of fun!  We were pleasantly surprised by its quirky location near the airport.
---Marie H. through Yelp.


Recommended ages: 3 years and up
Kama'aina and Military discount available
Program duration: 90 minutes
Check-in time: 15 minutes prior
Reservations: required
Walk-ins: not available without reservation
On-line booking: refund policy applies

Group discount: click here for details


Visit the Marine Center for the unique, personal, and hands-on Marine Life experience for the whole family.

Visit the Marine Center for that unique, personal, and hands-on Marine Life experience for the whole family.
Ocean Craft Day - open studio

Are you the artistic type? Do you like to make ocean themed crafts? Or do you simply want to learn how to? Then the Ocean Craft Day is right for you!

Join us every first and third Saturday between 10:00 and 12:00 p.m. for open studio to do crafts, or to relax and check out our fish.
Craft activities change every month. Check out the schedule below for details.

Ocean Craft Day dates    
Saturday September 5 10 - 12 p.m. T-shirt printing, shell art
Saturday September 19 10 - 12 p.m. **No Ocean Craft Day
Saturday October 3 10 - 12 p.m. Shell jewelry making, shell carving
Saturday October 17 10 - 12 p.m. Halloween Gourds, Scary T-shirts
November-December schedule TBA schedule TBA
*Proceeds of craft activities sold will directly support our Marine Center education program.
Mahalo for your support.

Design your own shark tooth necklaceHalloween Gourds
Design your own scary Halloween Gourd.
$10.00 per gourd.

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A group visit to the reef is an excursion not to forget.
T-shirt printing
Our Gyotaku fish printing technique is easy to do and there's no smell at all. T-shirts come in different colors and sizes.
$8.00 per shirt.

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Scary T-shirt Printing
Sharks, Eels, and Angler Fish make this an awesome shirt.
October 17, 10-12 p.m.
$8.00 per t-shirt.

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Carve your own name or a special message in a shell.Shell Art
Carve a special message in a cowry shell is easy to do.
$6.00 per shell.



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Decorative items such as sea shells can be molten into the soap.Shark Tooth Necklace
Design your own shark tooth necklace
$15.00 per necklace.



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Program Details


Recommended ages: 2 years and up
No admission cost to enter during Ocean Craft Day. Material fee applies for crafts.
Program duration: average 5-20 minute per craft.
Check-in: please check in with our staff before entering our exhibits.
Reservations: not required, walk in OK.
Doors open: 9:45 a.m.
Doors close: 12:10 p.m.
Last time to get started with activities is 11:30 a.m.
Craft activities vary per date.
Available while supplies last.
Please see full schedule for details.
On-line booking: refund policy applies


Please RSVP here
Name:
Guests:
Your e-mail:
Coupon code
When applicable.

Mailinglist? YES NO


Date:
Which crafts are you interested in?
No reservation is required but an RSVP helps us to prepare craft materials. Payment is due upon arrival in card or cash. Mahalo for your support.

Special Halloween themed activities on the October 17 Ocean Craft Day. Make your own spooky gourd or scary t-shirt.

Special Halloween themed activities on the October 17 Ocean Craft Day. Make your own spooky gourd or scary t-shirt.



Splash Tour
Touching animals at the Discovery Zone.
Touch a crab or sea star.

Gyotaku t-shirt printing.
Print a fish or shell on a t-shirt.

Have you never been to the Marine Center before or looking for something to do during school breaks or on holidays? Then the Splash Tour is for you.

This special 90 minute reduced admission guided tour of the Marine Center involves a tour of our exhibits and touching tide pool creatures at the Discovery Zone

Looking to do even more? Several craft options are available during this tour such as soap making, jewelry designing, and t-shirt printing.
(Cost for craft materials not included in admission price. Add-on craft activities can be purchased upon arrival in our Welcome Center.
Materials available while supplies last.)


Upcoming dates:  
Saturday July 11, 10:00 a.m. booked
Monday September 7, 10:00 a.m. Labor Day
Friday October 9, 1:00 p.m. Fall Break
   
General Admission: $12.50
Kama'aina & Military: $6.50
per person

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Program Details



My daughter loved it. I will bring my other two children to enjoy as well.
---Justin C. through Facebook.

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

Kama'aina and Military Discount available
Program duration: 90 minutes
Check-in time: 15 minutes prior
Reservations: required
Walk-ins: not available without reservation
On-line booking: refund policy applies

Our knowledgeable tour guides will teach you about the beautiful marine life that calls Hawaii their home.

Our knowledgeable tour guides will teach you about the beautiful marine life that calls Hawaii their home.

Fish Feeding Fun Tour
What does a Moray Eel eat?
Watch the Moray Eels eat.

Touch Hermit Crabs.
After the feeding, we'll touch animals at the Discovery Zone.

Omnivore? Carnivore? Herbivore?

 

What do all the beautiful critters of the ocean eat? Tag along with our Aquarium Staff and find out yourself during this unique animal feeding tour. You’ll learn all there is to know about our animals’ diets, watch our animals eat, and you’ll even get to feed some of our animals yourself.


This fun family program includes a special visit to our new Moray Eels exhibit to watch these animals munch as well as a peak into the new Opae Ula exhibit to see these shrimp nibble on some algae.


Upcoming dates:  
There are currently no tours scheduled. Please check again later.  
   

General Admission: $20.00 (child), $15.00 (adult)
Kama'aina & Military: $9.95
(child), $5.50 (adult)


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Recommended ages: 5 years and up

Kama'aina and Military Discount available
Program duration: 90 minutes
Check-in time: 15 minutes prior
Reservations: required
Walk-ins: not available without reservation
On-line booking: refund policy applies

Group discount: click here for details


Nom nom nom. I'm hungry!

Nom nom nom. I'm hungry!
Junior Scientist Lab Classes
Junior Scientists make a real hypothesis and test it out.
Junior Scientists make a real hypothesis and test it out.

Mr. Marshmallow will "expand your mind."
Mister Marshmallow will
"expand" your knowledge.

Did you know that sea stars have a water vascular system?
How many tentacles
does a squid have?

Who said science class is boring? Lab classes are filled with exiting demonstrations and hands-on experiments and may include a cool "make your own" take home gift like a squid ink card or a Gyotaku T-shirt.

Upcoming dates:  
Sunday September 20, 10:00 a.m. Squid Dissection
   

General Admission: $17.50 (child), $6.50 (adult)
Kama'aina & Military: $9.95
(child), $4.95 (adult)

 

Squid Dissection
Dissection is an important part of science discovery that can help us better understand how life works.
Professor Tako's students will dissect their own squid, learn about this animal, feed our fish, and write their name on a card with squid ink!
And it's also a lot of fun!

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Wacky Wild Wet Lab
Come join Professor Tako in the wet lab and perform cool science experiments while exploring the wonderful world of water!
Did you know that you can create different layers of color in regular tap water? You've never seen this before!


There are currently no Wet Lab classes scheduled.
Please check again later. Group programs are available for parties of 15 kids or more.


 

 

Program Details


Recommended ages: 6 years and up
Program duration: 90 minutes
Check-in time: 15 minutes prior
Reservations: required
Walk-ins: not available without reservation
On-line booking: refund policy applies

Group discount: click here for details


Squid Dissection is a popular program for scout troops.

Squid Dissection is a popular program for scout troops.
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Dissection is an important part of learning about how animals' bodies work.

Dissection is an important part of learning about how animals' bodies work.