Congratulations Waikiki Aquarium, 110 years old! 1904 / 2014.


A Place to Learn and Enjoy for the Visitors.


On the Saturday of this past week, the Aquarium of Hawaii, which stands in Waikiki, makai of Kapiolani Park opened for viewing. This opening was not an opening for the general public, but it was for just those who were invited to come see. This Sunday is when it will be open to the public.

Earlier, it was reported in the columns of the Kilohana¹ that a home will be built where Hawaii’s fishes will be kept, and in the end, the report has come true as the building was entered by the invited guests and will be entered by Honolulu’s people on Sunday.

Many years ago, there was a thought to build an aquarium in Honolulu nei, and Dr. Dorn was the one to come up with the idea; however, because the Government held back some of the resources, this idea by the doctor was dropped and it slept quietly until it was revived by the Rapid Transit Company [Hui Kaauwila]. This idea was considered seriously by this group, when Mr. James Castle [Kimo Kakela] and Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Cooke stepped in and encouraged the effort.

Mr. James Castle gave a portion of the land of Kapiolani Park, which he held in lease, as a place to build this home. When Mr. C. M. Cooke and his wife joined in this effort, that is when the Rapid Transit Company realized that their dream that they were dreaming would come true, and Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Cooke graciously gave the money for the construction. Therefore, the Rapid Transit Company was left to collect Hawaii’s fishes for the aquarium, and that is how the aquarium here on Oahu came to be.

This is seen in the great lands all over the world, and its importance is recognized. One of the benefits is that knowledge is gained by those studying the life of fish, and this is taught at universities. And some thousands of people graduate, being educated in where various ocean fishes live, like whales, sharks, the fishes of the ocean floor, and outside of those, the small fishes of the sea shore.

At the aquarium of Hawaii mentioned above are the many fishes of Hawaii; the ocean fishes are separated from the fresh-water fishes, and according to the visitors who went to see this new place and who have seen the displays of the Foreign Lands, …

¹From the subtitle of the Kuokoa Newspaper: “Ke Kilohana Pookela no ka Lahui Hawaii” [The Greatest Prize of the Hawaiian Nation]

[Go check out the Waikiki Aquarium today, Saturday, 3/22/2014! The 110th anniversary celebration continues with fun for the entire family! $1.10 admission to the Waikiki Aquarium all day! Activities include: the Great Marine Chalk Art Draw and Kids Doodle Zone, entertainment by the UH Rainbow Marching Band, Rainbow Dancers, and other guests groups, a special performance of the musical “Honu by the Sea,” free giveaways (while supplies last), LEGO build area, samples from Pepsi, educational and entertaining activities and much more!]

(Kuokoa, 3/25/1904, p. 1)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLII, Helu 13, Aoao 1. Maraki 25, 1904.

The Home of the Fishes is Opened.

…they say that Hawaii’s aquarium has the best colored fishes, and according to them, Hawaii’s aquarium will become a place much visited.

On the day this home of the fishes was opened, there were a number of commemorative speeches given for the event, and those speaking  were L. A. Thurston [L. A. Kakina]; Prof. W. T. Brigham, of the Kamehameha Museum [Hale Hoikeike o Kamehameha]; Mr. Peck, American Judge; Sanford B. Dole; and W. R. Castle.

In Thurston’s speech, it was seen that $8,000 was spent to build the facility; the the land that James Castle gave is worth $7,500; and the money expended by the Rapid Transit Company to gather the fishes and to build areas for them to swim was $3,233. Therefore, the total spent on this aquarium was $18,733. Thurston went on to say that the period of James Castle’s lease is for 17 years, and during that period, the Rapid Transit Company will fund the costs of operation. He hopes that after this period, the government will take over its care and it will fall under the government’s budget.

The doors of this home of fishes will be opened everyday of the week, from 10 o’clock until 9 o’clock at night on regular days, and from 1 o’clock in the afternoon to 9 o’clock at night on Sundays. Wednesdays will be the day that it is opened without an entrance fee, but the rest of the days, there is a charge of 10 cents [kenikeni] for adults and five cents [elima keneta] for children. This will become something huge for Honolulu these days, so you should not put it off, but you should go to see this new thing. According to some, going there is like going to the fish market where you see Hawaii’s fishes. This is true, but it is much better here, because you see fishes swimming alive, and not like at the fish market where you see dead fish.

(Kuokoa, 3/25/1904, p. 2)

Weheia ka Home o na I'a.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLII, Helu 13, Aoao 2. Maraki 25, 1904.


(Kuokoa, 3/25/1904, p. 1)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XLII, Helu 13, Aoao 1. Maraki 25, 1904.

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