Catch of the Century
By Jennifer Crites
Over the years, the aquarium has garnered numerous awards for its innovative exhibits, research and discoveries. Some of its more notable accomplishments include pioneering the cultivation of live coral in aquariums and hatching an embryo of the chambered nautilus. The facility will admit to a few bloopers, too, like the time its crocodile escaped (it was recaptured on Waikiki Beach) and the time a clever octopus pushed open the lid of its tank and slithered out (staff aquarists solved that problem by building a heavier lid and lining the tank with astroturf).
Contact the aquarium for a complete list of all the happenings during the yearlong celebration, as well as info on marine classes, guided reef and shoreline explorations, snorkel trips to Pacific islands, behind-the-scenes tours, volunteer opportunities, concerts and more.