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Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Annual UH Hilo Ocean Day is Feb 23 at Bayfront

The public is invited to the 6th annual University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Ocean Day Hawai‘i Mālama Kanaloa Festival, to be held on Saturday, February 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Hilo Bayfront Beach Park.

Information booths feature UH Hilo Marine Science and Hawaiʻi IMUA III EPSCoR researchers, Kalākaua Marine Education Center, NOAA’s Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, The Honolulu Zoo, Hilo Marine Mammal Response Network, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance, Mālama ka `Āina Hana ka `Āina, Department of Land and Natural Resources, and many others.

Family-friendly activities include fishing games, marine critter touch tanks, mask and puppet making, marine life block-printing, makahiki games, face painting, poi pounding, seed planting, and more. Enjoy live music by Kainani Kahaunaele, Lono Kanaka`ole Trio, and hula by Ka `Umeke Kā`eo students.

Ocean Day is focused on increasing awareness of ocean and coastal issues such as conservation, sustainable use of resources and ocean safety through fun and interactive displays, activities and booths. The mission is to raise public awareness of the impact people have on the ocean environment, promote conservation of precious 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.

The event is hosted by the UH Hilo Pacific Island Programs for Exploring Science in partnership with the County of Hawaiʻi, EPSCoR Hawaiʻi IMUA III, Hawaiʻi Pacific Island Campus Compact, UH Hilo Campus & Community Service Program, UH Hilo Student Activities Council, and the University of Hawai’i Sea Grant.

For more information, e-mail Ho`oululahui Perry at hperry@hawaii.edu or call JoAnne Riviera at 933-0706.


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