Park, Direc­tor A Big Splash With Coun­cil

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Honolulu City Coun­cil re­cently rec­og­nized Sea Life Park for its 50th an­niver­sary and also its new gen­eral manager, Va­lerie King.

“Dur­ing its five decades in Hawaii, Sea Life Park has helped kama‘aina and vis­i­tors alike learn more about sea life in a hand­son way and re­mains as Hawaii’s pre­mier marine con­ser­va­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion,” stated City Coun­cil­man Ron Menor.

The park, which opened in 1964, at­tracts about 350,000 vis­i­tors each year for its dol­phin, pen­guin, sea tur­tle, sea lion and whol­phin ex­hibits and shows.

The park also man­ages a Se­abird Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter that cares for in­jured seabirds, and a Green Sea Tur­tle Breed­ing Pro­gram that an­nu­ally sends 800 baby tur­tles into the wild.

Dur­ing its five decades in Hawaii, Sea Life Park has helped kama‘aina and vis­i­tors alike learn more about sea life in a hands-on way and re­mains Hawaii’s pre­mier marine

or­ga­ni­za­tion.” con­ser­va­tion

King be­gan work at Sea Life Park last year, af­ter more than 25 years in Hawaii’s vis­i­tor in­dus­try, in­clud­ing stints at Kualoa Ranch and At­lantis At­trac­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion on park ac­tiv­i­ties, visit seal­ifeparkhawaii.com.

Waimanalo’s Sea Life Park and its new gen­eral manager, Va­lerie King (hold­ing the cer­tifi­cate), were hon­ored re­cently by the City Coun­cil for of­fer­ing res­i­dents and vis­i­tors a half-cen­tury of en­ter­tain­ment, ed­u­ca­tion and marine con­ser­va­tion. Present at the Jan. 28 cer­e­mony were (from left) Coun­cilmem­bers Joey Mana­han, Trevor Ozawa, Ann Kobayashi, Carol Fuku­naga, Ron Menor, Bran­don Ele­fante and Kym­berly Pine. Photo from Ron Menor’s of­fice.

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