March 25, 2007 – Honolulu, Hawaii
Two happy kids showing off their turtle and whale hats and new NOAA 200th Anniversary frisbees.
The Celebration continued on Sunday at the Great Hawaiian Folklife Festival where visitors once again shuffled by in large numbers (reaching almost 700 visitors for the second day!) to learn about NOAA, its programs, and important topics such as marine debris and NOAA’s mission in the Pacific Islands.
Across the street at the Sunset on the Beach event, the NOAA booth was buzzing with a curious crowd and enthusiastic volunteers. As the afternoon turned to night, the crowd began to multiply and soon the whole beach was covered with a sea of people listening to Eileen Shea, Director of the NOAA IDEA Center, and Rear Admiral Sam De Bow talk about how NOAA touches their lives everyday. Prior to the featured movie, “Shark Tale,” co-sponsored by NOAA and the Waikiki Improvement Association, the crowd watched the NOAA 200th video and a marine debris video created by students at a local elementary school.
NOAA staff and volunteers at the Sunset on the Beach event and NOAA 200th Anniversary celebration in Waikiki.
Eileen Shea, Director of the NOAA IDEA Center, was the Master of Ceremony honoring NOAA’s 200th Anniversary at Sunset on the Beach on Sunday.