The Waikiki Aquarium was always one of my favorite places to visit when I was a child. On any given day, my dad would often bring both me and my younger sister to either the zoo or the aquarium. I always preferred the aquarium because of the jelly fish and the air conditioning. Now that I have a child of my own, I am finding joy in sharing the experiences that I enjoyed in my youth with my son.
Did you know that the Waikiki Aquarium is the second oldest aquarium in the United States? Indeed it is. The aquarium opened in 1904 with the help of $8,000 from James B. Castle and Charles M. Cooke, two notable businessmen of the time, whose economic impact is still felt in modern day Hawaii.
There are 15 different exhibits, at least according to the official Waikiki Aquarium website. The exhibits range from coral reefs to tropical fish of the Pacific Ocean. My favorite exhibit has always been the variety of jellyfish.
Here are a few photos from a visit to the historic Waikiki Aquarium:
There are many restaurants just walking distance away, including Tucker & Bevvy where you can grab some quick picnic food to go and Teddy’s Bigger Burgers where a bigger burger is always better. Of course, Waikiki Beach can be reached by walking a few short feet.
2777 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Plan Your Visit
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily
(Facility closes at 5:00 p.m.)