Hawaii in Chicago at Shedd Aquarium today 10 till 4

As cold, fall rains move in and Chi-Town prepares for 6 months in the deep freeze, the idea of a tropical island get away is all the more appealing. Hawaiians not only have beautiful weather, but a beautiful culture as well. Come down to Shedd Aquarium tomorrow from 10am-4pm and meet some fascinating people who have specially flown in from the islands to tell you all about their homeland and heritage.

ChiIL Mama checked out a bit ofHawaii in Chicago Saturday and met a true artist whose family has made amazingNiihau Shell necklaces for generations. For our full slide show/photo filled feature click here.

Mapuana Beniamina explained how some of the longer, intricate strands of minuscule shells can take a year to make. And even the choker length necklaces take hours. After a lifetime of making them and teaching others, she’s relatively fast and can do about 5 of the shorter necklaces in a day.

Visitors can make a fragrant and beautiful live flower lei. Thousands of fresh orchids were flown in from Hawaii and are available for Shedd guests to string into gorgeous necklaces.

There’s no charge for any of the special Hawaiian activities beyond Aquarium admission fees.

Learn about eco-friendly conservation efforts, sea creatures, whale watching, active volcanoes and more. Taste a variety of Hawaiian chocolates and cookies. Even take home a packet of authentic sea salt. Even more exciting…come home with a new vocabulary, mythology and cultural knowledge from the islands of Hawaii.


Celebrate the natural beauty and intriguing marine life of the Hawaiian Islands this weekend at Shedd Aquarium. Learn about Hawaii and enjoy FREE family-friendly activities and treats during this special event. With the regular admission price, guests of the Shedd Aquarium can:

• Enter towin a trip for two to Hawaii, courtesy ofApple Vacations

• Createkahili(feather) crafts, petroglyph rubbings, and art with Hawaii stamps withHawaii Volcanoes National Park

• Learn from thePacific Whale Foundationabout the humpback whales that migrate to Hawaii in winter months and enjoy other interactive activities

• Explore marine life in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands with representatives fromWaikiki Aquariumand make a masked angelfish hat

• Take a look at rare and preciousNiihau shellsand see how they are strung together to make beautiful jewelry

• Sample delicious treats from Hawaii, includingMauna Loa Macadamia Nuts, Kauai Kookies, Waialua Estate Cacao, Lilikoi Malted Eggs, Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels,andHawaii Kai Salt

• Make afresh flower lei

• Get a temporaryHawaii-inspired tattoo

• Savor theHawaii-inspired menuin the Soundings Café and Bubble Net Food Court

• Plan a Hawaii vacationwith travel experts from Apple Vacations


John G. Shedd Aquarium

1200 South Lake Shore Drive

Chicago, IL 60605


Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau is contracted by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state of Hawaii’s tourism agency, for marketing management services in North America. The HTA was established in 1998 to ensure a successful visitor industry well into the future. Its mission is to strategically manage Hawaii tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with the state of Hawaii’s economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, community desires, and visitor industry needs.

For more information check out gohawaii.com/perfectmoments

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