School and Group Programs

Pre & K Grades 1-2 Grades 3-4 Grades 5 & up Senior Tours

Since opening in 2010, the Living Art Marine Center in Honolulu Hawaii has grown into a staple for marine science education and a local favorite for families to enjoy the beauty of the undersea world. As of 2018, the Living Art Marine Center is permanently closed. Visitations are not accepted. This page is for your reference purposes only.


We would like to take this moment to thank the community for the immense support for our education programs. Over the past 8 years, the Marine Center offered hands-on activity-based marine science programs for up to 30,000 visitors a year. With no outside funding and a very small staff, it is a testament of what can be done for marine science education and conservation. A big mahalo to our island 'ohana for the support and the wonderful years.

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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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Pics & Reviews
Students observe jelly fish
Students observe jelly fish - PC Phillipsphotography.com
"We love taking the kids here. Such great things to learn about and explore. We have also had field trips, great for large groups and parties. The touch tanks and T shirt printing are a plus!"
-Leslie K. through Yelp
Touching animals at the Discovery Zone is an important part of scientific inquiry.
Touching animals at the Discovery Zone is an important part of scientific inquiry.
"Amazing service! Very personable.
Could not attend the group session due to illness, so instead of rescheduling, they allowed us to come in and complete the activities separately, even providing a tour of the center. Showed us a fantastic dragon eel and answered many questions from my kiddos!
Thanks so much for going out of your way and providing fantastic service!"
-Kristen V. through Yelp
New Programs 2017
Big & Small - Important for All! new - Kindergarten.
Big & Small - Important for All! - 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.
Ocean Treasures new - Grades 1 and up
Ocean Treasures - 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.
Marine Fossils new - Grades 3 and up
Marine Fossils - 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.
Pics & Reviews
A sea urchin's skeleton is called a test.
A sea urchin's skeleton is called a test.
"We had a great playgroup field trip! The staff was very accommodating and friendly! This is a hidden gem! The kids really enjoyed it! I definitely want to come back to try some of other activities they offer!"
-Shannon M. through Facebook
Students get to touch authentic marine fossils.
Students get to touch authentic marine fossils.
"Came with my 4 year old daughters class. We had a great time. Very educational. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. Great art projects for the kids! And the kids loved petting the sea life. A wonderful experience!"
-Ryan E. through Yelp
Pre & Kindergarten
Super Sea Stars - Preschool & Kindergarten.
Super Sea Stars - Preschool & Kindergarten
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.
Happy Hermits - Preschool & Kindergarten.
Happy Hermits - Preschool & Kindergarten
Join us on an journey filled with discovery, hands-on learning, and lots of fun. Young learners meet three different Hawaiian Hermit Crabs, touch some of them, and make a craft activity to take home.
Topics: Scientific inquiry, structures and functions of living organisms, diversity.
Pics & Reviews
Making Gyotaku fish prints is part of all programs.
Making Gyotaku fish prints is part of all programs. T-shirt printing is available for a small fee.
"Favorite part was having children make their own t-shirt with adult supervision. Tour guide made learning experience fun!"
-Ruby through Yelp
Grades 1 and 2
Things with Stings - Grades 1 and 2
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. Topics: Scientific inquiry, structures and functions of living organisms, diversity.
Fish Feeding Fun - Grades 1 and up
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
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." 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.
Pics & Reviews
Touching animals is a great way to learn about animals and foster love and respect for the ocean.
Touching animals is a great way to learn and foster love and respect for the ocean.
"Favorite part was having children make their own t-shirt with adult supervision. Tour guide made learning experience fun!"
-Ruby through Yelp
"Very educational, prepared, and ready for children. Affordable class(aquaponic), and very organized! Will keep an eye out for additional opportunities and classes."
-Benjamin through Yelp
Grades 3 and 4
Fish Detective - Grades 3 and 4
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.
Coral reefs – big things in small packages - Grades 3 and 4
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.
Pics & Reviews
Marine science is cool? Definitely!
For a small fee, you can make beautiful fish prints on t-shirts to take home.
"We came today as a group. The staff was amazing! They had an awesome connection with the children, and taught them a variety of things in the few hours we had. The hands on experience really made it worth the little cost. Taking away memories...PRICELESS!!!!!! Cannot wait for craft class in FEb 18th! Mahalo for your time!"
-Crystal V. through Facebook
Grades 5 and up
Aquaponics - Grades 5 and up
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.
Custom made programs - Grades 5 and up
Custom 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.
Senior Tours
We custom make tours for adults and seniors to fit your needs and interests.
We custom make tours for adults and seniors to fit your needs and interests.
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.