Aquarium of the Pacific: Pacific Islander Festival Ticket Discount and Giveaway!

Aquarium of the Pacific has generously offered to give away a family 4-pack of tickets to the Pacific Islander Festival! SoCal Locale was not compensated for this post. Just sharing some fun info and deals!



On June 6th and 7th, the Aquarium of the Pacific will be celebrating its 12th Annual Pacific Islander Festival. If you’ve never attended one of these celebrations, it’s a fun way to learn about the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands.

Along with all of the usual experiences that the Aquarium of the Pacific offers, the festival includes traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances such as hula and Tahitian drumming. Various cultures including Hawaiian, Maori, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Marshallese, Chamoru, Tokelauan, and Tongan will be featured in the festival.



(Photos courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific)

In anticipation of World Ocean Day on June 8, the festival will also include special presentations and educational programming focused on global ocean issues that affect all people, but of course particularly those living on Pacific Islands. ScholarShare is a proud sponsor of the Pacific Islander Festival, and is partnering with the Aquarium to celebrate the diversity of our planet and to inspire the pursuit of a better future.

The Pacific Islander Festival is included with regular admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific! Ticket prices are $28.95 for adults (12+), and $14.95 for children ages 3-11. Children under 3 and Aquarium members are free. Senior discounts are available too!

Save $10 on adult admission during the festival with this coupon! (Just click on it and print it out!)Pacific Islander 2015 couponWin!

One lucky reader will win a family 4-pack of tickets that are valid only for the Pacific Islander Festival. Tickets will be picked up at Will Call during the event.

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Good Luck!


For more info, check out the Pacific Islander 2015 Flyer, (you can print the coupon on there as well), or the schedule of events below:

Pacific Islander Festival Schedule of Events

SATURDAY, June 6 Entertainment Schedule / Honda Blue Cavern Performance Area

10:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:45 a.m. – Hitia O Te Ra – Tahitian performances

12:20 p.m. – Heritage Award Ceremony honoring Lincoln & Sissy Kaio, with opening Hawaiian dance by Halau O Lilinoe

12:55 p.m., 1:40 p.m. – Halau O Lilinoe – Hawaiian performance

2:30 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:00 p.m.– Nualani’s Polynesia – Tokelauan, Tahitian, Maori, and Tongan performances


SUNDAY, June 7 Entertainment Schedule / Honda Blue Cavern Performance Area

10:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:45 a.m. –  Tupua Productions – Samoan, Maori, Marshallese, and Tahitian performances

12:20 p.m., 12:55 p.m., 1:40 p.m. – Na Hoa O Ka Hale Kanu – Maori, Hawaiian, and Tahitian performances

2:30 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – Kutturan Chamoru Foundation – Chamoru performances


Cultural Demonstrations / Shark Lagoon


3:30 p.m. – Nualani’s Polynesia – Maori Poi Balls demonstration


10:30 a.m. – Tupua Productions – Samoan Sasa Dance

12:30 p.m. – Na Hoa O ka Hale Kanu – Hula Implements

3:30 p.m. – Kutturan Chamoru Foundation – Pelito and Acho: Chamoru Sticks and Rocks Implements


Cultural Displays and Activities / Great Hall

Hawaiian Lei Making – E Hula Mau / Na Mamo

Fijian Cultural Artifacts – Colin & Zelda King

Hawaiian Pandanus / Ti-Leaf Weaver (Ka Ulana Lauhala / Ulanana Lau Ki)*

Hawaiian Tattoo (Na Kakau) and Hawaiian games (Na Pa’ani Hawai’i)*

Samoan Cultural Artifacts – Marlena Vaifale*

Tongan Cultural Artifacts – Famili Pe Taha*

Marshallese Coconut/Pandanus Weavers* – See how this traditional woven craftwork is made and purchase selected items.

*Presented by Pacific Islander Health Partnership (PIHP):


Heritage Award Presentation / Honda Blue Cavern Performance Area – Saturday, June 6 at 12:20 p.m.

Lincoln & Sissy Kaio

In recognition of dedicated service to the Pacific Islander communities of Southern California

Disney on Ice Tickets on Sale Now



Disney on Ice is coming back to Southern California with their new show, Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate!

Join your favorite mice, Mickey and Minnie. as they celebrate a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains; a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; a marvelous Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Valentine’s Day Royal Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz; traveling to far-off exotic places including China for the Chinese New Year, Brazil for Carnival and Japan for the beautiful Cherry Blossom festival Sakura.


Tickets are on sale now and there’s a great MOM discount to help families save a little money. Check out the flyer below or use discount code MOM14 to get a family four pack of tickets for $80!


To get your tickets head over to!

Evil Lurks Within at The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor Evil Lurks Within


Looking for something to get into the Halloween spirit? Head over to Long Beach. The Queen Mary is hosting its annual haunted Dark Harbor event just in time for the Halloween season beginning October 2 through November 2. There are two new mazes this year, Soulmate and B340, plus a cool ghost tour on the ship called Encounters!

Graceful Gale

Graceful Gale was the belle of The Queen Mary in the 1930s. As a beautiful first class passenger Gale charmed her way across the ship’s dance floor regularly until mysteriously disappearing on her final passage in 1939. The new Soulmate maze will bring to life the haunted spirit of the frightful Graceful Gale. The story of Gale will unravel as her true spirit is revealed and those who dare will realize that Gale may not be as graceful as she appeared, but in fact is more monstrous than ever imagined..

Queen Mary Dark Harbor Nun

On a 1948 Atlantic voyage, third class Queen Mary passenger, Samuel, was locked away in room B340 after a violent outburst. After hours of isolation, crew found Samuel in his room, violently ripped apart. Murdered or self-induced suicide, no one knows. B340 is a new maze through Samuel the Savage’s schizophrenic journey of isolated decent into insanity. Samuel is on the loose, he’s dangerous and completely out of his mind. Through his maze you may lose your own mind and find it impossible to escape.

The Queen Mary Dark Harbor Neverland Ranch

The new Exclusive Encounters on board the Queen Mary will take a very limited number of thrill seekers on a terrifying top secret paranormal journey through the depths of the ship that have never been open to Dark Harbor guests before. Those who dare to voyage on an Encounter will be so brave they will have to sign their life away and hope that they return safely to land.

The Queen Mary Dark Harbor The Rhythm Coffin

The Monster Midway, Freakshow, Mechanical Monster, The Ringmaster and all of the terrifying spirits of the Queen will return for the horror amidst freaks, food, and live entertainment.

The Queen Mary Dark Harbor

The terror begins October 2 and runs for 20 haunted evenings through November 2 from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, VIP Passes, and lodging packages available.

Season passes are also an option for optimal adrenaline seekers.

For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit

Two Penguin Chicks Hatch at the Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of the Pacific is announcing the birth of two Magellanic penguin chicks!


These two cuties were born to first-time parents Patsy and Noodles, and Kate and Avery.


The penguin chicks are currently being cared for by their parents in their nest burrows in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat and are not viewable by the public yet. They expect the chicks will leave their nests and join the other birds in the main areas of the penguin habitat later this summer.


For more information about Magellanic Penguins, check out the June Keyes Penguin Habitat at the Aquarium of the Pacific, or read about it on their website.

You can also help support the penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific through the Adopt an Animal program. Adoptions start at $25 and include various benefits such as a photo of your adopted animal, adoption certificate, invitations to special events, and more. Adopt an Animal is one of the many giving programs at the Aquarium of the Pacific, which is a nonprofit institution that recently earned a 4-out-of-4 score from Charity Navigator for financial health, accountability, and transparency.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802. For ticket information click here.

Photos Courtesy of Robin Riggs.