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April 7, 2003



          The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) presented the Hanauma Bay Marine Education Center with its Kahili Award for architecture last week at the 12th annual Keep It Hawaii awards luncheon in Waikiki.  The popular marine attraction was one of 15 statewide entries selected for the prestigious award. 

           “I want to congratulate the architects at Group 70 International for the terrific design job they did at the Hanauma Bay Marine Education Center,” said Mayor Jeremy Harris.  “The people of our city take enormous pride in the fact that our Nature Preserve is one of the world’s most spectacular natural resources.  The reaction we’re getting from residents and visitors who’ve been to the Education Center has been phenomenal, and this award confirms the value of protecting this unique island treasure.”

           The Marine Education Center was opened to the public last summer following extensive improvements to the grounds and facilities at Hanauma Bay.  The 8,100 square foot facility features a theater, an education alcove, gift shop and food concession at the upper level of the Bay.  Rest facilities, outdoor showers, snorkeling concession, and a new information center are located in the lower Bay area.  Together, these improvements help protect the environment and stimulate the local economy by showcasing the popular visitor attraction.  They also provide educational opportunities for Hawaii’s visitors and our local keiki. Group 70 International designed the Center and provided the master plan for the improvements.  The lower Bay improvements were designed by INK Architects, Inc.

           The Keep It Hawaii awards program was created in 1990 to recognize businesses, organizations and individuals who distinguish themselves by preserving and celebrating Hawaii’s unique culture.  This year, more than 70 volunteer judges selected from 120 entries from Oahu and the neighbor islands in categories ranging from architecture, accommodations and the performing arts, to environmental and historic preservation.



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