Eco-center opens at Hanauma preserve

HANAUMA BAY -- Hanauma Bay Nature Park, one of Oahu's most-visited tourist sites, opened a $13 million environmental education center.

The first element in the eco-education of the approximately 3,300 visitors who come to Hanauma Bay each day is a seven-minute mandatory video shown in the center's theater.

The theater can accommodate groups of 100 people at a time.

The video instructs guests on how to make a minimal impact on the ecosystem of the bay. Computer and gallery exhibits describe the bay's marine life.

Hanauma Bay, located on Oahu's southeast coast, is considered one of the island's best areas for snorkeling. A new tram transports visitors to and from the bay for snorkeling at a cost of $1.50 roundtrip.

Admission to the nature park is $3; parking costs $1.

Visitors who drive in are advised to arrive early because parking space is limited.

Public bus service to the park also is available.

The park is closed on Tuesdays.

For more information, call (808) 396-4229.

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