The Waikiki Aquarium

Have you ever looked into the eye of a zebra shark? Seen an octopus opening a jar? Or met the real-life versions of Dori and Nemo? Located next to a living coral reef, the award winning Waikiki Aquarium brings guests face-to-fin with colorful tropical fish, reef sharks, living corals, endangered Hawaiian monk seals, sea jellies, squid, octopus and more!

We took the girls to The Waikiki Aquarium to check out their sea life exhibits and to see Ho‘ailona, the newest resident Hawaiian monk seal who was found on the Island of Kaua‘i more than 3-years ago after he was abandoned by his mother.

The Waikiki Aquarium is a small area which includes indoor and outdoor exhibits including a Coral Farm and Giant Clams:

The Edge of the Reef where you can get up close and personal with some of the local animals that can be found in tide pools:

Beautiful indoor fish tanks:

Educational boards:

And my favorite exhibit . . . the jellyfish. I could just sit and watch these graceful creatures all day long.

There’s also a big grassy area where the kids can run around and play. This was great for us since Kaila decided to be very uncooperative during this outing. She didn’t want to sit in her stroller. She didn’t want to walk and hold hands. All she wanted to do was scream at the poor fishies. *sigh*

We were able to get through the entire aquarium in little over an hour which is the perfect time span if you have younger kids with you. There’s also a cute little gift shop and drink vending machines throughout the property. However, there are no food concessions so make sure you pack a snack for your kids. In fact, I wished I had packed a picnic lunch since the aquarium is right across Kapiolani Park.

It was a great way to spend a little time outdoors and gain some valuable information about the ocean life that surrounds the Hawaiian Islands.

The Waikiki Aquarium
9:00am – 4:30pm, daily
Admission Prices

  • General Admission: $9 (Kama’aina/Military/Students/Seniors: $6)
  • Youth ages 13-17: $4
  • Junior ages 5-12: $2
  • Children under 4: FREE
About the Author: Kailani:
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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17 Responses to “The Waikiki Aquarium”
  1. 1

    Looks like a perfect outing for kids in the age bracket of your older two. As an aside, the park across the street is the one where my daughter’s band picnicked the evening she arrived there. :)

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    Stacie says:

    Looks like an amazing place.

  3. 3
    Teri M. says:

    Your girls are so pretty! We will be in Waikiki for spring break! Might have to put this to our visit list. :)

  4. 4

    Glad you had a fun time and also an educational time with the kids.

    I’d love to visit!

  5. 5
    gem says:

    My favorite part of the aquarium is that jellyfish tank! and the seahorse one…I always have a hard time finding them. LOL!

  6. 6
    karissa says:

    What great fun! I love your pics… I feel like I was there! ;)

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    Leanne says:

    What fun! I also like the jellyfish, but ours don’t look as exotic as yours do… maybe I should plan a Hawaii trip just to see the Aquarium! P.S. the girls are getting SO BIG! Ack!

  8. 8
    Felicia says:

    Excellent price for so much education! Now, I just need a plane ticket!! :)

  9. 9
    erin says:

    Beautiful aquarium! I went to one when I was in HI, but I think it was a different one. It was 8 years ago and my memory is foggy. The monk seal is adorable!

  10. 10
    Bridgette says:

    Looks beautiful! I hope to get to Hawaii some day!

  11. 11
    Ellen-TCMom says:

    Wow I would go every week thanks for sharing if I ever make it to Hawaii we will go there for sure

  12. 12
    Piera says:

    How fun! I can’t wait to visit Hawaii one day–so GORGEOUS!!

  13. 13
    Daly says:

    Jellyfish always fascinated me. They look like some amazing creatures from outer space, floating through the wast Universe

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    Caryn B says:

    Wow your photos are stunning! I have never ever been to Hawaii but my goal is to get there one day and I’ll definitely be heading there with the kids when we do make it. : )

  16. 16
    tracey says:

    Whoa. When did your eldest get so, well, old?!? They grow up so stinking fast. The girls are beautiful, Kailani. And the aquarium looks like a great place to visit.

  17. 17

    I love aquariums. If I had the chance I would take diving lessons because I adore the ocean and the sea.


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