discover hawaiʻiʼs natural wonders
Hawaii is often referred to as The Nature Land, because it is home to some of the most fascinating and often terrifying natural wonders. The Nature and Ecosystem Exhibit in the festival showcases just that, celebrating these natural wonders in all their majestic awe and glory.
The exhibit also gives you a chance to take a trip to our impressive, larger-than-life Volcano Park, where you get to explore the underwater environments and ecosystem – as inspired by the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Iao Valley State Monument, Na Pali Coast and the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.
Discover the beauty of the state of Hawai‘i via our enchanting and diverse exhibits.
If you’ve ever been curious about exploring the many wonders of the sea around Hawaii without getting a single drop of water on yourself, here’s your chance: our breathtaking, interactive aquatic display has been designed for that purpose only and the best part is it’s hidden inside a stunning volcanic structure!
Once you’ve gotten up close and personal with the sea life, you can wander around other dedicated areas, which are based directly on all the unique parks in our beautiful state – areas which also proudly showcase all the alluring creatures that reside there. Conservation experts will always be on hand to answer any questions you might have.
As you get ready to leave the exhibit, you’ll take in a fun and educational showcase on the dangers of plastic pollution in oceans, which aims to not only educate but also create awareness around this pressing issue. You’ll come to know the different types of plastic which are found in the Pacific Ocean and even get a chance to take part in scientific research and experiments.
The Volcano Center is your chance to explore and examine all the volcanoes up close. You’ll understand (and appreciate) how eruptions and lava flows materialize as well as how volcanic and rift systems work. Interactive displays let you discover how the colossal and complex natural forces of a volcano work to shape not just Hawaii but the Earth as well.
Our Volcano Center is an interactive and educational “funhouse” – dedicated to depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and how Hawaii came to being over millions of years through volcanic formations. Accompanied by dramatic film footage, exhibits and interactive games, this is your chance to explore and understand how volcanoes have shaped the world we call home today.
The Volcano exhibition also lets you examine fossils from a time when civilization had not fully evolved; when the Earth’s continents were still enjoined in perfect harmony. See the animals that evolved after the continents separated. Lava bombs, volcanic glass hair and crystals that surfaced under intense pressure beneath the Earth’s surface – we needn’t say more because there’s just no other volcano exhibition like it.
parks & invasive species
Hawaii happens to be one of the most unique places on Earth – partly due to its volcanic origin and geographic isolation. The islands’ native animal species have existed for decades without any human intervention. It is also home to some of the most famous parks in the world including the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Haena Beach Park.
This exhibit allows visitors to explore some of the most well-known parks in Hawaii – parks that also highlight the biodiversity of the islands. It also gives visitors a chance to identify with some of the most common invasive species found in the islands.
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aquatic ecosystem EXHIBIT
Hawaii’s coral reef ecosystem is known the world over – with 410,000 acres of living reef in the main islands alone – that’s more than the entire landmass of Oahu. Sometimes called the “rainforest of the sea”, the aquatic ecosystem houses over 7,000 species of animals and marine life combined.
The aquatic ecosystem exhibit puts a keen focus on inspiring and promoting the understanding, appreciation and conversation of Pacific marine life in the region. Visitors can see all the species up close and admire the large and diverse variety of aquatic species which are specific to the Hawaiian islands and coral reef nursing.
ocean plastic exhibit
As beautiful and mesmerizing as Hawaii’s beaches are, they are, unfortunately, home to a large part of the world’s plastic debris. Trash from Russia, Japan, America and other countries comes from all around the Pacific Rim and swirls into a vortex, which eventually finds its way to Hawaiian shores.
However, we are doing our part to educate the general public on the impact of ocean plastic on marine life and human life as well. This debris which collects from the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” continues to wash up on Hawaii’s shores on a daily basis – mostly in the form of toxin-releasing plastic.
The Ocean Plastic exhibit puts a streamlined focus on educating everyone about the impact, implications and risks of plastic debris around Hawaiian shores. Visitors can also take part in scientific experiments to better understand the adverse effects of this plastic debris.