Reefs in the Indian and Pacific Oceans are among the most abundant and bio-diverse coral areas in the world.

The Waikiki Aquarium is now opening a Living Reef exhibit which highlights both soft and stony coral. 

“Corals plays an extremely vital role in our marine ecosystems, so we’re excited to debut our new Living Reef Exhibit to highlight their importance,” Waikiki Aquarium Director Dr. Andrew Rossiter said. “Our exciting, interactive displays provides guests with the opportunity to learn more about coral in the Pacific Ocean, and its impact on reef bio-diversity.”

The exhibit includes 12 wall tanks featuring a living reef ecosystem reminiscent of those found in the Pacific Ocean. In addition to the tanks, an interactive kiosk with state-of-the-art technology offers further information on coral ecology and physiology, marine ecosystems, and much more. Also, a 3-D educational polyp sculpture showing the smallest building block of a coral colony, gives visitors an in-depth look into the structure of a coral colony. 

The Living Reef Exhibit is located directly to the right of the entrance of the Aquarium’s galleries. The latest exhibit shines the spotlight on the most recent coral research at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, mainly focused on Hawaii-based coral reef ecosystems. The Waikiki Aquarium also partnered with the NOAA Office of Coastal Resource Management to provide current insights into coral.