A cast of colorful underwater creatures will teach families about ocean conservation as the show celebrates its eighth anniversary.

The Pacific Northwest will get a taste of the tropics and Hawaiian culture as award-winning, Hawaii-produced musical “Honu By The Sea” performs at Seattle Aquarium’s Hawaii Weekend. The performances will mark the show’s eighth anniversary of spreading its musical message of friendship and ocean conservation to children and families worldwide. Attendees to Hawaii Weekend can look forward to two showings of “Honu By The Sea” per day over the course of the three-day event:

“Honu By The Sea” at Seattle Aquarium’s Hawaii Weekend

January 18, 19, and 20, 2020

Shows at 10:30am and 1pm

“Honu By The Sea” is a family-friendly underwater musical fantasy. The show tells the story of Kainoa, a Hawaiian, surfer-beachboy who finds a magical sea star that grants him a wish to spend a day under the sea. There, Kainoa meets Malia the honu (sea turtle) and other fascinating creatures including Hula Hoop the octopus, Shaka the crab, and Kapper the sea horse. The Broadway-style musical provides lessons on the value of friendship and the virtues of saving the ocean environment through the magic of theater. The show features colorful costumes, lively choreography, stunning orchestration, and endearing songs that enhance the storytelling.

Hawaii Weekend also features more Hawaiian storytelling and dance with Kalei'okalani Matsui of Huraiti Mana, a Seattle based Polynesian Dance Troupe. Kalei’okalani brings stories of the Kanaka Maoli or Native Hawaiian people at 11am & 1:45pm.

In addition, visitors to the Aquarium will learn about some of the sealife that calls Hawaii home, and how Seattle Aquarium research is collecting data to help protect and conserve these species.

About Honu By The Sea
Since 2012, “Honu By The Sea” has engaged children and families with the magic of theater to teach the values of friendship, partnership and the virtue of protecting and saving the ocean environment. The show’s creator Johnson Enos, a Hawaii native, is well-known throughout the national music industry for his work with Disney. His credits include work for Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, the “Lilo & Stitch II” soundtrack and the Disney Tokyo parade. He has also produced and arranged albums with artists including Bette Midler, Kristin Chenoweth, Kealii Reichel, and more. Enos has been spreading the message of the importance of ocean stewardship by taking the production of “Honu By The Sea” to key venues and events such as the Seattle Aquarium; BLUE Ocean Film Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2014 and Monaco in 2015; Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s World Ocean Day in Washington D.C.; the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia; and the Tokyo Sea Life Park in Tokyo, Japan. Most recently in 2018, the show was performed for the first time with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland in Japan. These performances have touched more than 200,000 children and adults with important ocean educational messages through captivating music and storytelling. For more information about “Honu By The Sea” and the show’s mission, visit HonuByTheSea.com.

Hours/prices at the Aquarium:
The Aquarium’s admission gate is open 9:30am–5pm daily, with the exhibits closing at 6pm. Admission fees: adults, $34.95; youth (ages 4–12), $24.95; and children age 3 and under are admitted free. Discounts available for Washington State residents. Tickets are also available online.

About the Seattle Aquarium
Founded in 1977 and located on Pier 59 in the heart of Seattle, Washington, the nonprofit Seattle Aquarium serves as the largest platform for ocean conservation and engagement in the Pacific Northwest. With a mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, it leads educational, conservation and regional research initiatives for a healthier planet. A thriving and vibrant Aquarium is a key part of Seattle. Help secure the Aquarium for years to come by donating to the Resilience Fund at www.seattleaquarium.org/donate.

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Tim Kuniholm
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