March 12, 2014
The Aquarium will celebrate World Ocean Day with an array of activities ranging from an ocean-themed performance by the Long Beach Chorale in the evening to the Pacific Islander Festival during the day that features special presentations, films, and other educational programming highlighting our blue planet. All of this is in celebration of the largest body of water on the planet, covering 70 percent of Earth and remaining 95 percent unexplored.
The eleventh annual Pacific Islander Festival, held all day June 7 and 8, highlights the rich and diverse Hawaiian, Fijian, Marshallese, Chamoru, Tahitian, Samoan, Tokelau, Tongan, and Maori cultures of the Pacific Islands. Activities will include traditional craft demonstrations, ethnic cuisine, educational programs, storytelling, and music and dance performances. Watch hula, listen to Tahitian drumming, try out ancient Hawaiian games, enjoy island cuisine, and admire artisans as they create traditional weavings.
The Long Beach Chorale will present its World Ocean Day Concert in the evening on June 8. Featuring fifty voices and accompanied by projected images and video, the Chorale will perform a program of ocean and marine life-themed music with the Aquarium’s Honda Blue Cavern exhibit as the backdrop. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, which can be reserved at aquariumofpacific.org, are $25 for Aquarium members, $15 for member students and children, $30 for non-member adults, and $18 for non-member students and children. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Aquarium’s exhibits and purchase food and beverages before and after the performance.