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Thousands turn out for Waikiki Aquarium birthday celebration

Thousands jammed the Waikiki Aquarium in Honolulu, Hawaii, Wednesday for a celebration of its 110 anniversary. At one point, the line of people waiting to get in snaked out on the sidewalk in front of the aquarium. Organizers say 3,000 people attended the event.

Waikiki Aquarium birthday celebration
Waikiki Aquarium birthday celebration
Ed Walsh

The aquarium offered $1.10 admission and featured music, free shredded pork sandwiches and birthday cake. A number of exhibitors lined the waterfront aquarium’s lawn plaza. Demonstrations and discussions were led by experts and partners such as the University of Hawai‘i Botany Department, Hard Rock Café, Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture Plant Quarantine Branch, Leptoseris Project, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), Pacific Islands Ocean observing System (PacIOOS) and Welina Manoa

Saturday festivities

If you missed the celebration today, don't worry. There is another on Saturday. Here's the scoop on that:

Saturday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• The Great Marine Chalk Art Draw and Kids Doodle Zone – featuring chalk art by Patrick Ching, Michael Furuya, Scott Goto and Allen Tsukamoto
• Entertainment by UH Rainbow Marching Band
• A performance of musical “The Honu by the Sea” by Johnson Enos at 11 a.m.
• Marine-themed LEGO build area
• Educational and fun activities from the Aquarium’s education department, Aquascapes, Chuck E. Cheese’s, Coral Fish Hawai‘i, Pigtails & Crewcuts, Lucoral Museum and Waikiki Dive Center

And admission again on Saturday will be $1.10, so there will probably be line.

Waikiki Aquarium history

Founded in 1904, it is the second oldest aquarium in the United States. Only the National Aquarium in Washington, D.C. is older.

Hawaii wide range of attractions

Attractions like the Waikiki Aquarium is among those things that keep visitors returning year after year to Oahu. For more information on traveling to Hawaii, visit the state's official travel Web site.

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