UH Hilo Ocean Day is February 18

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Date: Friday, January 20, 2012
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The 5th annual University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Ocean Day Hawai‘i Malama Kanaloa Festival will be held on Saturday, February 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UH Hilo’s Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center (PACRC) in Keaukaha.

The event, hosted by PACRC in partnership with the UH Hilo Student Association, EPSCoR Hawaiʻi IMUA III and the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant, is free and open to the public.

Ocean Day is focused on increasing awareness of ocean and coastal issues such as conservation, sustainable use of resources and water safety through fun, interactive displays, activities and booths. The mission is to raise public awareness of the impact people have on the ocean environment, promote conservation of ocean and coastal resources in a culturally sensitive way, and communicate the outcomes of current ocean and coastal research, management and education efforts in Hawai‘i.

This year’s event will be bigger than ever with the addition of a giant humpback whale display and more informational booths, including UH Hilo Marine Science and Hawaiʻi IMUA III EPSCoR researchers, the Hawaiʻi Division of Aquatic Resources, Marine Mammal Response Network, Hawai‘i Island Hawksbill Monitoring Project, NOAA’s Mokupapapa Discovery Center, and many other organizations and community groups involved with protecting Hawaiʻi’s natural resources. Ocean Day also provides visitors an opportunity to tour PACRC, view ongoing research projects and interact with others who want to work together to care for ocean communities.

Family-friendly activities include remote operated underwater vehicles, fishing games, touch tanks, face painting, poi-pounding, plus live music and food booths.

For more information, contact Ho`oululahui Perry at hperry@hawaii.edu or Michele Kubojiri at mkubojir@hawaii.edu or call (808) 933-3289.

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