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A new Waikiki Aquarium exhibit brings the rare wonders of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands to Honolulu

Susan Sunderland
Wednesday - August 17, 2011
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A Japanese pygmy angelfish

head and a body that is covered with small, blue spots. This species was unknown in Hawaii until 1981, when it was first recorded at Kure Atoll.

I might be speaking out of school, but did you know that pygmy males maintain a harem with up to four females? When the male is removed from the group, the ranking female changes sex to become a male.

(Sorry, Oprah, he doesn’t do TV interviews.)

Hawaiian morwong is a uniquely shaped fish with broad black bands that can reach a size of up to 16 inches.

A black bandit angelfish

The bandit angelfish is easy to spot. It has a distinctive broad whiteedged black band from the front of the snout to the end of its dorsal fin. Don’t worry, the only thing he “steals” is hearts.

We are looking forward to revealing ourselves and our coral habitat for public viewing on Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There’ll be grand opening fanfare, including a Hawaiian blessing, family activities and prize giveaways. The Waikiki Aquarium hosts more than 320,000 guests a year, so it knows how to throw a party. Admission is $9, $6 for local residents.

Come for the celebration and be among the first to see the new Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Exhibit. But mostly, come to the Waikiki Aquarium because it is truly a gem in marine research and education.

And we’re not just fishing for compliments.

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