Conveniently located near Honolulu International Airport, the Living Art Marine Center is the ideal place for your next school field trip or group outing.
Our mission: to teach people about the marine environment in a hands-on and interactive way. Our field trip options are unique, fully guided, hands-on, interactive, and engaging. Through our programs, we strive to enlarge respect and understanding of the marine ecosystem, as well as inspire our visitors to make a difference in the protection of the coral reef and its inhabitants.

Field trips to the Living Art Marine Center may include a learning section focusing on a grade appropriate topic, a game or hands-on activity enhancing the students’ learning experience, a visit to our Discovery Zone to see or touch tide pool critters, and a free craft activity such as Gyotaku fish print on paper.
For a nominal fee, students can engage in various other D.I.Y. activities such as shell carving, and Gyotaku T-shirt designing. Looking to enhance your experience even further? Consider booking one of our new add-on workshops or labs.

It's never been easier to book a field trip to the Marine Center.
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Prefer to talk to us over the phone?
Call 841-8080 and ask for the Education Department.

2017 New Group Programs
What do these things have in common? Big & Small - Important for All! new - Kindergarten.
The unfathomable size and depth of the ocean can leave one wondering: What lives down there? Creatures as large as a school bus and smaller than a grain of rice are all important to the livelihood of all living animals on earth.
In a playful manner, students will measure out the size of some of the largest, and the smallest of marine animals and find out what role they play.
Topics: Scientific inquiry, structures and functions of living organisms, diversity.
What treasures will you find? Ocean Treasures new - Grades 1 and up.
Stroll along the beach and you can find a large range of Ocean Treasures easily. But what animal do they belong too? Ever heard of a test? What's an operculum? What can we learn from animal adaptations?
Students will discover about animal body parts and their function, and how we can apply what we know to modern science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Topics: Scientific inquiry, structures and functions of living organisms, diversity.
From the ancient world to ours: marine fossils are fascinating. Marine Fossils new - Grades 3 and up.
Millions of years ago, our oceans were filled with creatures beyond imagination such as the massive Megalodon, and the gigantic Mosasaurus. Relatives of smaller creatures like sand dollars, clams, brachiopods, and ammonites are still around today. What adaptations did animals from millions of years ago have today? Which adaptations have been lost?
Students will be able to handle real marine fossils and learn about differences and similarities between modern marine animals and ancient. Topics: Scientific inquiry, structures and functions of living organisms, diversity.

School & Group Programs
Preschool & Kindergarten Grades 1-2 Grades 3-4 Grades 5& up Senior Tours

The Cushion Sea Star looks like a pin cushion. Super Sea Stars - Preschool & Kindergarten.
Multiple arms and tiny tube feet wave at you as you learn more about these wondrous creatures of the sea. Did you know that some sea stars can grow back their arms and that there is a sea star that looks like a pin cushion? Students get to touch a live sea star, visit our Discovery Zone and do a special printing craft to take home.
Topics: Scientific inquiry, structures and functions of living organisms, diversity.
Touching Hermit Crabs is part of the fun. Happy Hermits - Preschool & Kindergarten.
Join us on an journey filled with discovery, adventure, cool fish, and lots of fun. This program is developed for our youngest explorers with many hands-on and interactive activities. Young learners meet three different Hawaiian Hermit Crabs and even get to touch some of them. To top it off, students get to make a craft activity to take home.
Topics: Scientific inquiry, structures and functions of living organisms, diversity.

The Leaf Scorpion Fish looks like a piece of sea weed. Things with Stings - Grades 1 and 2.
Pokey spines, sharp teeth, and camouflage colors; ocean critters have different ways to protect themselves. Students observe the body parts of various animals and discover how they help them to survive.
Topics: Scientific inquiry, structures and functions of living organisms, diversity.
Do you know what a Moray Eel eats? Fish Feeding Fun - Grades 1 and up.
Omnivore? Carnivore? Herbivore?
Tag along with our Aquarium Staff and find out what our animals eat during this unique animal feeding tour. You’ll learn all there is to know about our animals’ diets & watch our animals eat. Keep your eyes open, you may see one of our eels come out for a snack.
Topics: Scientific inquiry, structures and functions of living organisms, diversity.

Fish life cycles - Grades 1 and 2.
Students learn about the life cycle of marine fish through our unique Post-larvae Capture and Culture program ("P.C.C.") fish raising program. P.C.C. is an eco-friendly fishing technique and helps in the conservation of reef population biodiversity. Students participate in an interactive presentation and play the fun "baby fish scientist" game.
Topics: Scientific inquiry, collecting and organizing data, heredity, unifying concepts and themes, conservation, life cycles.


The Auriga Butterflyfish has a false eye spot. Fish Detective - Grades 3 and 4.
Students learn to identify the different fish groups by looking at body shapes, color patterns and adaptations such as camouflage and false eye spots. Then, it’s time to put on your detective hat and search for them in our aquarium exhibits. A visit to our Discovery Zone and a craft activity is included.
Topics: Unity and diversity, interdependence, fish body structures and their functions, fish survival and adaptations.

The diversity of coral in our oceans is astounding. Coral reefs – big things in small packages - Grades 3 and 4.
Tag along on an adventure through our “Travel the Ocean” exhibit where you can learn about different corals from around the world. Feeling adventurous? Try the Coral Identification Game. Stick your hand in one of our "Feel Boxes" and see if you can identify the coral, without looking. 
Topics: Unity and diversity, interdependence, coral reefs around the world, environmental protection, the importance of the coral reefs.

Aquaponics - Grades 5 and up.
Aquaponics is a revolutionary sustainable technique in which plants are grown on a water bed, living off fish waste, in an intricately balanced food cycle. This advanced class focuses on food webs including fish, plants, and bacteria and how they can all sustain each other, in perfect balance.
Topics: Interdependence, Nitrogen Cycle, food webs scientific inquiry, sustainability. This program also incorporates several chemistry topics.
The Adopt a Baby Fish adds an enhancing learning experience to your home or class room. Custom made programs - Grades 5 and up.
The Living Art Marine Center can provide several custom made programs for high school science students. Our Aquaponics Garden as well as our Post-larvae Capture and Culture program serve as stepping stones for more advances marine science education. Look into our "Adopt a Baby Fish" program for a challenging enrichment to your science curriculum.
Also, consider booking a workshop or lab.

Can't make it to out to the Marine Center? Most of our programs are mobile.
Ask about our Outreach Programs.

Enjoy a visit to our Aquaponics Garden. Senior Tours new
The Living Art Marine Center honors reduced admission rates for senior tours of 15 or more guest. A tour may include a visit to our Aquaponics Garden, the Travel the Ocean exhibit, the Opae Ula shrimp tank, as well as to the Discovery Zone. Take some time to look around in the giftshop or ask to make your own shell necklace or carved corwy shell.
Please ask about our special senior tours.


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Students observe jelly fish - photo courtesy of Phillipsphotography.com
Learn about ocean life with Bruce our shark!

Friendly and knowledgable educators will make your experience unforgetable. Photo courtesy: Christine Cabalo.
Friendly and knowledgable educators will make your experience unforgetable.

Touching animals at the Discovery Zone.
Touching animals at the Discovery Zone is an important part of scientific inquiry.

Print your own fish design on t-shirt or paper.
Print your own fish design on paper or t-shirt.

Gyotaku T-shirt printing.
Get creative with fish and print your own souvenir fish print shirt.

Interactive presentations
All programs are fun and interactive and also aligned with HCPSIII.

The art of Gyotaku.

The art of Gyotaku (魚拓) originated during the early 1800's, most likely from Japan. Fishermen would make Gyotaku, or fish rubbings, to preserve records of their catch. Traditionally, rice paper and Sumi ink is used to make the image.  For sanitary reasons we use imitation fish. The result we get is very realistic and makes for an excellent souvenir.

The art of Gyotaku.
Ccraft options such as t-shirt printing and jewelry making can be added to your visit..