The Mystery & Beauty of The Waikiki Aquarium

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Real Estate Agent with Liberty Homes RS-#62825

 With cameras and video in tow we headed down to Waikiki from Central Oahu to the Waikiki Aquarium. Long talked about for something fun to do we hopped in the car after talking about it last night. We did everything we needed to do early this morning so we could have a few hours of pleasure.

 

It was well worth the half an hour trip and after going from window to window at the Waikiki Aquarium's displays we came upon ......

NEMO!  Okay, so we couldn't know for sure but it sure struck a chord when we saw this lovely little beauty.

 

 After literally taking pictures and video of the whole aquarium and their wonderous creatures from the ocean we rushed outside in hopes that my most favorite creature of them all finally surfaced. The Hawaiian Monk Seal!  Oh, and a show this one did give us! Posing from side to side and at times taunting and teasing us by turning around to have only the backside showing, this beautiful creature finally turned to gaze lazily at us so we could snap a few.

Hawaii is considered to be the "Endangered Species Capital of the World" with more than 317 plants and animal species that are endangered per sq. mile than anywhere else in the world.  The most endangered mammal that is on the endangered species list is the HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL and every day there is something on our local news stations about these precious creatures. READ MORE HERE:

The Waikiki Aquarium is located next to the living reef and shoreline of Waikiki and founded in 1904. It is the third oldest public aquarium in the United States.

  • Location:  Queen Kapiolani Park. 2777 Kalakaua Avenue at the end of Waikiki Beach
  • Hours - Daily 9:00 am to 4:30 pm; Closed Christmas Day; special hours on Thanksgiving and New Year's days. Admission
  • Rates: $9 for visitors; $6 for local residents, active duty military with ID, students with ID and senior citizens; $4 for Youths (13-17), and persons with disabilities; $2 for Juniors (5-12). Children 4 and under are free. Each paid admission includes an Audio Tour Wand. 

Following is the video I took while the Hawaiian Monk Seal decided to grace us with a show. So please enjoy the show of gliding movements and the graceful display of this beautiful endangered species.   

 

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.

 

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Vickie Barrington
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Sally, one day I am going to get to Hawaii. The pictures are beautiful and the way you describe everything makes me want to be there. Thanks for the pictures.
Nov 17, 2008 10:04 AM #20
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Joan Mirantz
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Tropical fish are just incredible. Their colors are so amazing! Great shots Sally....and thanks for the video too!!
Nov 17, 2008 12:01 PM #21
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Randy Prothero
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The best things is that you can swim in the waters around our island and see many of the same things.

Nov 17, 2008 12:28 PM #22
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Woo Hoo, These photos and video are wonderful and you did a great job. I love aquariums as you might have guessed. I used to have quite a few at one time. I love the salt walter tropicals and the colors are so amazing. I also had fresh water tanks. I used to spend so many hours watching and studying these amazing creatures.

These photos are of journal quality Sally and I am really impressed.

Nov 17, 2008 03:52 PM #23
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Great pictures Sally.  What a great place to spend an afternoon. We don't have one in Fairbanks but the SeaLife Center in Seward is just amazing. Great showcase!

Nov 17, 2008 06:24 PM #24
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Suzanne Sands
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Hi Sally,

I love the aquarium! You got some really great shots. I'm impressed with the rates,we recently took lil one to one local aquarium and it cost us a small fortune just to get in. :)

Nov 18, 2008 02:01 AM #25
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Sally:  These are great, thank you for sharing.  My son is on his honeymoon in Maui

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Hi Sally, thanks for taking us to the zoo with you.  You were able to get some great shots.  I had no idea of the number of plants and animals on the endangered species list in Hawaii.  Depending on how I act around home my wife says I could be on the list too!  :-)  Great post Sally.

Nov 18, 2008 08:43 AM #27
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
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Thank you all for stopping by to visit the aquarium and my seal.

Dental work ...out of commission the rest of the day....thanks.

Nov 18, 2008 09:40 AM #28
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Sis - As always, beautiful pics!  I would imagine the aquarium over there is among the neatest in the entire world.

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Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. I loved my vacation in Hawaii, It was too short and I did not visit the aquarium.

Nov 19, 2008 12:42 AM #30
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Oh Sally...You already live in Paradise but this is a side that Inever knew existed! Beautiful pictures and I always like your videos. (One of the first post's I ever saw of yours was your husband filming you while you were working on your computer and posting in Active rain!)

Nov 19, 2008 09:41 AM #31
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Hi Sally - more of your absolutely gorgeous pictures!  You can the most amazing pictures, and I loved that video!

Ann

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Sally, beautiful pictures.  I didn't realize Hawaii was the Endangered Species Capital of the World.    Something new I learned that I can tell my kids today, thank you.

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Hi Sally...Love the colors of these wonderful examples of sea life.  No wonder deep sea diving is so popular. 

Sedentary folks like me really appreciate the pictures.

Thanks,

Kate

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Hi Sally, Well this post certainly brightened my day, as it's 15 degrees her in Ann Arbor, MI! I've often thought of raising saltwater fish. My freshwater tanks gave me years of pleasure. That Monk seal in your video is such a 'glider'. It looks like he is in a holding pen? Is he (she) part of a breeding program?
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Beautiful pics of Hawaiian sea life! Wish I was there.

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I think I saw this when you posted it last month. But this time I found it through a group, instead of my subscription list. So I figured I'd leave another comment while I'm here =) 

The photos are all beautiful. I love the vivid colors. But I think "Nemo" and the seal were competing for the best shot ;)

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Thank you all for sharing the Waikiki Aquarium with me. If you folks ever get out this way...it's a must see!

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Sally, this post is inspirational for me. Thank you so much!

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