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Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

“Ocean Day Hawai‘i” set for April 28

The University of Hawaii at Hilo Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center and the Marine Science Department, in partnership with the University of Hawai`i Sea Grant, co-host “Ocean Day Hawai‘i,” a community outreach event to raise awareness of current issues concerning ocean resources, safety, and conservation in community members and school-age children.

The family-friendly event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at PACRC, located on Kalanianaole Avenue in Keaukaka. Admission is free with ample parking onsite. Children ages 15-and-under must be accompanied by an adult.

“This is the first public event in Hilo that solely focuses on ocean conservation in particular,” said Sharon Ziegler-Chong, associate director of PACRC and Ocean Day co-coordinator. “It follows the tradition of Earth Day for which UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College already have a great public event. It should be a really fun day.”

“Ocean Day Hawai‘i” will be the first opportunity for the public to view PACRC. There will be tours of the aquaculture research facility and educational presentations by Sea Grant, the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Pacific Tsunami Museum, Hawai`i Division of Aquatic Resources and other public and community groups, as well as fun and educational hands-on activities for people of all ages.

For more information, call Ziegler-Chong at 933-0759.


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