ALOHA FROM JENNIE: Our Oahu marine aquarium is located right on Waikiki Beach for the convenience of our many island visitors. As mentioned by Yelp reviewers, the facility is small and all the exhibits can be viewed within an hour, but we find the displays mesmerizing.
The center's resident octopus is amusing (doesn't he look like he's drowsily smiling in the above photo), and as the guide explains, octopuses are intelligent and respond to stimulation within its environment, so the facility provides objects for their octopus to explore, as well as its feeder shrimp in containers with removable lids, so that he needs to manipulate the container in order to enjoy its food.
There are many varieties of jellyfish, and some of the displays include blacklight effects, while others give you a good closeup view of these graceful sea creatures without risking painful stings.
The seahorse collection is also comprehensive, ranging from tiny and delicate to rugged and finally exotic dragon-like creatures. The aquarium's colorfully patterned manta rays glide back and forth tranquilly. Sea turtles, giant clams and the Hawaiian monk seal lounge about in their tanks.
Of course, the many exhibits of marine wildlife are beautiful, with rows after rows of different coral species, sea anemones, urchins, along with puffers, discuses, and all the marine fish made popular by 'Finding Nemo' and much more. Some short videos are included on this post to give you a glimpse, and we hope that you'll visit our Media Video page to view the longer videos -- the seahorses are especially fun to watch. Thanks for sharing in one of our favorite aquatic pastimes.