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Waikiki Aquarium

2777 Kalakaua Ave, East Honolulu, Hawaii 96815 USA

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“Over 3000 marine animals”

Over 3,000 marine animals in our exhibits represent more than 500 species of aquatic animals and plants. The Waikiki Aquarium has a long and venerable history. Open on March 19, 1904, it is the second-oldest public aquarium in the United States. Then known as the Honolulu Aquarium, it was established as a commercial venture by the Honolulu Rapid Transit and Land Company, who wished to “show the world the riches of Hawaii’s reefs.” As directors of the transit company, Charles M. Cooke gave a gift of $8,000 for the Aquarium’s construction, and James B. Castle contributed the lease for the building site. They also had a practical objective in using the Aquarium as a means of enticing passengers to ride to the end of the new trolley line in Kapi‘olani Park, where the Aquarium was located. The trolley terminus was across Kalakaua Avenue from the Aquarium, and is now marked by a jogger’s rest area, near the current tennis courts. The Aquarium opened with 35 tanks and 400 marine organisms, and during its first year, the internationally renowned biologist David Starr Jordan proclaimed it as having the finest collection of fishes in the world. Considered state-of-the-art at that time, the Aquarium also received positive comments from such notable visitors of that era as William Jennings Bryan and Jack London.

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Lesli Peterson

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June 23, 2022
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The Waikiki Aquarium will allow you to take a break from the sun while still enjoying a unique Hawaii experience. Have you been to more impressive aquariums? Probably. But the Waikiki Aquarium will earn a place in your heart thanks to its quaint charm, educational displays, and passionate staff.

One of our favorite things about the Waikiki Aquarium is its Behind-the-Scenes Tour. It’s an affordable educational program they offer once a week. Kids will love seeing the back of the exhibits and learning how the aquarium runs.

The Behind-the-Scenes Tour closed during COVID, so you should call the aquarium in advance to see if they will offer the program during your visit. Even if you don’t make the special tour, general admission to the aquarium is a fun way to spend a couple of hours.

Waikiki Aquarium is located in Kapiolani Park, across the street from the tennis courts.

We think a visit here is one of the best things to do in Waikiki!

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Waikiki Aquarium

2777 Kalakaua Ave
East Honolulu, Hawaii
96815 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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