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October 18, 2002


     Remember those days when you and your family went to Hanauma Bay in the evening for a swim under the moonlight?  It’s been well over a decade since the bay was open for night snorkeling, skin diving, swimming, picnicking or just walking along the beach.

     Now that the historic Hanauma Bay Nature Center has been upgraded, the University of Hawaii Sea Grant program and the Friends of Hanauma Bay have been working with the City on a series of free evening events utilizing the facility for recreational and educational activities.

     The first event is ready to kick off tomorrow night, Saturday, October 19.  “A Moonlight Swim at Hanauma Bay” will give residents and visitors a chance to swim or snorkel on a moonlit night or walk along a beach lighted with torches.

     Instead of closing the park at 6 p.m., the facility will remain open until 10 p.m.  There will be no entrance or parking charge during the evening hours for this special night at the bay.

     The Visitor Center will be open throughout the evening along the other concessions so people can rent snorkel gear, travel down to the lower bay on the tram, purchase refreshments at the snack bar or visit the gift shop.

     Other evening events will feature films and educational speakers but the lower bay will not be open on these evenings.

     On Tuesday night, October 22, the film “Hawaii Underwater” by Lew Trusty will be shown in the Education center at 6:30 p.m. The film series is being coordinated with the Hanauma Bay Education Program. Trusty will appear at the showing to introduce his film that features a trip through Hawaii’s reefs.

     Hanauma Bay is closed each week on Tuesdays but for this special event the facility will open at 5 p.m.

     On Thursday night, October 24, University of Hawaii Professor of Oceanography, Dr. Richard Grigg, will give an informative talk on the history of the Hawaiian archipelago and its coral reefs at 6:30 p.m. in the Hanauma Bay Visitor Center.

     Dr. Grigg’s talk is free and open to the public.  He is the recipient of the National Academy of Underwater Arts and Science’s Academy Award for Underwater Research and author of the popular book, “Big Surf, Deep Dives and the Islands, My Life in the Ocean.”

     Dr. Grigg is also recognized internationally for his work on precious corals and for his research on the ecology and peleoceanography of reef building corals in Hawaii and the Pacific.

     Hanauma Bay staff are working on a series of future activities at the park during evening hours.

     For more information, call the Hanauma Bay Education Program at 397-5840.





Friday, October 18, 2002

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