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World Oceans Day

June 7th, 2011

View of our beautiful ocean from the Koolaus. June 8 is World Oceans Day. Photo by Nina Wu.

Today, Wednesday, June 8, is World Oceans Day.

The day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008, with the premise that:

The oceans are essential to food security and the health and survival of all life, power our climate and are a critical part of the biosphere. The official designation of World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.

It's a global celebration of ocean conservation, as well as the sea life within it.

We are all connected to the ocean in one way or another, whether we surf, play, or eat from it. New York City will light up the Empire State building in white, blue, and purple this evening. Here, we  can simply look out on our beautiful ocean to see the layers of turquoise, greens, and blues beneath the sun.

Watching Disneynature's "Oceans," which was released on Earth Day 2010, may remind you not to take this beautiful, vast body of water for granted. I found it inspiring enough for a Green Leaf  column last year.

The Waikiki Aquarium is celebrating with the following events:

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests can enjoy interactive activities and educational displays on how to keep storms drains free of pollution, thanks to the state's storm water management program.

11:30 a.m. American Underwater Products will present th Enviropro BC, their newest underwater gear, which uses materials that are quickly decontaminated to provide a healthier environment for marine life.

Noon: Waikiki Aquarium's public moi release.

Several beach cleanups will be held in honor of World Oceans Day.

Waikiki Aquarium staff will hold a beach cleanup at Kaimana Beach fronting the new Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel. Staff from Duke's Waikiki are also gathering marine debris from the beach fronting the restaurant — enough to fill a Matson's container. Proceeds from Duke's cleanup will be donated to the aquarium.

Kona Brewing Co. in Hawaii Kai is also donating a portion of the day's proceeds to the Waikiki Aquarium. Diners who mention World Oceans Day or Waikiki Aquarium upon ordering food will also get 20 percent off a future meal at the pub.

Staff and volunteers from Waikiki Aquarium hold a beach cleanup on World Oceans Day. Courtesy photo.

Staff and volunteers, including director Andrew Rossiter (right) from Waikiki Aquarium hold an annual beach cleanup on World Oceans Day. Courtesy photo.

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