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March 4, 2004




The University of Hawaii Sea Grantís Hanauma Bay Education Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationís Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in partnership with the City and County of Honolulu will co-host a Marine Conservation Evening at the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve on Saturday, March 6, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for the general public.

            Booths with fun and educational family activities will open at 6:00 pm in the Visitorís Center. Activities will be provided by the Waikiki Aquarium, the University of Hawaiiís Marine Option Program and the Hanauma Bay Education Program, and will include information on how the general public can help protect Hawaiiís unique marine resources and marine protected species.

            Short and informal talks on efforts to protect Hawaiian Monk seals, Spinner dolphins, Humpback whales and the Northwest Hawaiian Islands will begin at 6:30 in the Hanauma Bay theater. There will also be a short talk about the dangers of marine debris and how divers help disentangle Monk seals from abandoned drift nets. Also in the theater from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm will be posters representing current research in Hawaii on marine resource conservation.

            Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. This event is free and open to the general public. Admission and parking at Hanauma Bay will be free. The beach will remain open until 9:30 pm and the Visitorsí Center in the upper park will remain open until 10:00 pm.


CONTACT:     Valerie Franck, Hanauma Bay Education Program, 397-5840

                        Christine Brammer, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary, 397-2654

                        Hanauma Bay Education Program

                        100 Hanauma Bay Rd.

                        Honolulu, HI 96825

                        (808) 395-0468 fax

                        (808) 397-5840 phone






Thursday, March 04, 2004

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