For more than 50 years, Sea Life Park has been dedicated to marine conservation, preservation, and education about the wonderful fish, seabirds, mammals, invertebrates, reptiles, and all other animals that make their home in our marine environment. Since 2005, over 4,000 seabirds have been rescued and released by the Park, and over 16,000 green sea turtle hatchlings have been released from our adult population. We are continuing with efforts to preserve animal populations and habitats, such as those of the Hawaiian monk seal and shearwater seabirds. At the core of our messaging is providing unique, memorable, learning experiences between humans and animals with hopes of modifying guest behavior to preserve Hawaii’s unique ecosystem.
Each day, more than 45 million people visit marine conservation and education facilities all over the world, and this has allowed hundreds of millions to learn about and admire sea life that they would never otherwise be able to see, hear, and touch in person. Our facilities provide a priceless service, as we introduce each generation to the wonders and complexity of life in our marine environment, fostering an appreciation and love of these animals that last a lifetime, and which is then passed down to future generations. Ninety-seven percent of people polled between 2005 and 2012 agree that marine life parks, aquariums and zoos are important because they education children about marine mammals-animals that children might not have the opportunity to see in the wild.
Our green sea turtle breeding program is an important contributor to the resurgence of the green sea turtle in Hawaiian waters; and we are the only location on O’ahu to provide rescue and rehabilitation services for native Hawaiian seabirds, including the shearwaters. Our Hawaiian monk seals are governed by a permit under the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Annual permits granted to Sea Life Park speak to the highest level of care provided by the facility. Sea Life Park is in full compliance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal Welfare Act (AWA), and the requirements of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) with regards to the care of captive marine mammals.
Through Sea Life Park, thousands of people, including our local school children, are reached every year by a live encounter in the Park or by our educational outreach programs in the schools that motivate conservation awareness and action.
In addition, Sea Life Park has contributed millions of dollars from the revenue we generate to fund marine research and educational programs.
Life Support Systems and Upgrades
Sea Life Park Hawai‘i features a beautifully designed park with reefs, lagoons and pools, and theaters. The water at the park comes through an elaborate water system—a flow-through system—where seawater moves through the park's pools at a rate of 12-14 million gallons per day. Between 2016 and 2017 the park made incredible upgrades to improve this underground system even further with an investment of over $500,000 over 1 years’ time. Seawater from the ocean contains high levels of nutrients (which promote the growth of highly beneficial algae species) and the park does not add chemicals such as algaecides, which are harmful to the environment and the animals.
The Park recently revealed the first wave of new renovation plans, including an all-new entry and main gift shop building, a dynamic re-imagining of the Hawaii Ocean Theatre and future plans for a new Honu Conservation Center. The center will provide visitors a journey through the stages of honu life, as well as examine the challenges sea turtles face around the world.
Over the past three years, the park has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars on extensive new shade provisions and infrastructure upgrades. These exciting renovations are a continuation of an ongoing commitment to the community and the amazing animals that call Sea Life Park home.
The Park Grounds - Makapuʻu Meadows
The park’s majestic Makapuʻu Meadows is an utterly unique gathering place for visitors and kama’aina alike. Ka Moana, an authentic lū‘au experience that incorporates inspirations from the Waimānalo ahupua`a throughout the program, is held in the Meadows. The evening embraces the Park’s unique surroundings where the Ko`olau— mountain meets the moana.
Carrying on the theme of water is the Wa‘a Kaupo, a 30-foot fiberglass canoe that’s a permanent element of the luau set. Sea Life Park made a donation to the non-profit Waimānalo Canoe Club to acquire Wa‘a Kaupo. The funds are being used to support a program for children to learn about the ocean, canoe paddling and sailing.
The Meadows also set the stage for the Park’s annual Twilight Concert Series, showcasing the tremendous talent of Hawaii’s celebrated local musicians. The beauty of Makapu’u combined with beloved music carrying through a night sky creates a concert experience that’s unlike any other.