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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 21, 2002

 MORE EVENING EVENTS AT HANAUMA BAY

 Due to an overwhelming response to last Saturday’s “Moonlight Swim at Hanauma Bay,” the City has decided to continue opening the bay on Saturday nights to give residents and visitors another chance to swim and snorkel or walk along the beach in the evening.  The next special evening will be Oct. 26.

Hundreds of people participated in the last Saturday’s first night-time opening, which was described by many as “magical.”  The event was part of a series of free evening educational and recreational programs planned for Hanauma Bay since its grand opening by the City and County of Honolulu, the University of Hawaii Sea Grant program, and the Friends of Hanauma Bay.

 Instead of closing at 6 p.m.on Saturday night, the facility will remain open until 10 p.m.  There will be no entrance fees for visitors but the $1 parking fee will be charged. The Visitor Center and other concessions will be open during the evening for people to rent snorkel gear, travel down to the lower bay by tram, purchase refreshments at the snack bar or visit the gift shop. 

 Other Upcoming Events:

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

 On Tuesday, 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.  Normally closed on Tuesdays, the facility will be open at 5 p.m. for this special event. 

 On Thursday, 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. They have confirmed that Gus Bodner will talk about the Kolea (Golden Plover) on Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the education center.

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

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