The Waikiki Aquarium has become a partner with Youth on Board, a collaborative project with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in California and Nausicaa Aquarium in Boulogne, France. The program encourages young people to tell others about the ocean near where they live in a humorous, one-minute video. Videos will be uploaded to the respective aquariumâ€™s YouTube channel for the world to see.
All videos will be entered into a contest and one will be selected at each partner aquarium as the Youth on Board Video of the year. Applications are due on April 20, 2012, with videos being due on May 24, 2012.
â€œOur oceans are all interconnected and so itâ€™s critical that we not only learn how to care for our own marine life but also learn about the marine life in other parts of the world,â€ said Aquarium Director Dr. Andrew Rossiter. â€œThe Youth on Board program encourages youth to be inspired to take care of the ocean by learning about the diversity of marine species that call the ocean home. Our hope is that through the video-making process and viewing portion of this contest, the young people of our community will develop a deeply-rooted appreciation for our delicate ocean ecosystem.â€
Interested participants can visit the Waikiki Aquarium website to download the application, entry form and read contest rules.
Videos will be viewable worldwide, and will be promoted through marketing by each participating aquarium. The winning video from each partnering Aquarium will be announced on World Ocean Day, June 8, 2012, and will be shown at the International Aquarium Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, in September 2012.
About the Waikiki Aquarium
Founded in 1904 and administered by the University of Hawaiâ€˜i since 1919, the Waikiki Aquarium is located on the shoreline of Waikiki Beach next to a living reef and across from Kapiolani Park. The Aquarium â€“ third oldest in the U.S. â€“ showcases more than 500 marine species, and maintains more than 3,000 marine specimens. Public exhibits, education programs and research focus on the unique aquatic life of Hawaiâ€™i and the tropical Pacific. The Aquarium welcomes more than 320,000 visitors annually, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Honolulu Marathon Sunday and Christmas Day. Admission is $9 for visitors; $6 for local residents, active duty military with ID, students with ID and seniors; $4 for youths ages 13-17 and persons with disabilities; $2 for juniors ages 5 to 12; and free for children 4 and under and Friends of Waikiki Aquarium (FOWA) members. For more information about the Waikiki Aquarium, including membership, please call (808) 923-9741 or visit www.waquarium.org.