The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Waikiki Aquarium features over 127 species of coral, a collection unrivaled in the Western Hemisphere. Internationally renowned as a pioneer and leader in coral propagation, the Aquarium has successfully maintained live corals since 1978 and now houses the largest and oldest collection in the United States. The corals in the Aquarium’s collection are a unique and important resource for UH researchers and other scientists who wish to study them.
Founded in 1904 and administered by the University of Hawai‘i since 1919, the Waikiki Aquarium showcases more than 500 marine species, and maintains more than 3,500 marine specimens. The Aquarium, the third oldest in the U.S., welcomes more than 320,000 visitors annually and features public exhibits, educational programs and research focused on the unique aquatic life of Hawai‘i and the tropical Pacific. The Waikiki Aquarium is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Honolulu Marathon Sunday and Christmas Day.