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Join us for a social and presentation by Manta Pacific, where we’ll dive into the captivating world of the beautiful and graceful Manta Rays.

Note: This event is best suited for adults 21+

What to expect

  • Learn about the Manta Rays’ natural habitat, migration patterns, and their importance in maintaining a balanced marine ecosystem.
  • Our aim is not only to inspire wonderment about these incredible creatures but also to raise awareness about their conservation and the role we all play in protecting their natural habitat
  • Hear from Keller Laros, Co-founder of Manta Pacific Research Foundation about his and the community’s Manta research and conservation efforts
  • Go beyond the beaches and learn about Hawaiʻi Island’s fascinating realms of diverse geographies, climates, and the rich culture of innovation, science, and engineering that thrive here!
  • Meet and network with visitors and community members interested in shaping a resilient and sustainable future for Hawai‘i Island
  • Enjoy light pupus as well as a selection of beer, wine, and soft drinks

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to learn about local marine life and deepen your understanding of the enchanting Manta Rays that share our island home.

About the Manta Pacific Research Foundation

Manta Pacific Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to study manta rays in their natural habitat, conduct scientific research, provide education programs for the public about manta rays and the marine environment, and to establish and promote global manta ray conservation.


About the Island Science Lecture Series

The Island Science Lecture Series is a collaboration between the Hawaii Keiki Museum, Startup Hawaiʻi, and the Kona Science Cafe thanks to the generous support of the Hawai’i Tourism Authority. Through a series of events, visitors and residents will be encouraged to “go beyond the beaches” and explore Hawaiʻi Island’s living laboratory of unique and diverse geographies and climates.

Experience the spirit of aloha, and venture into the world of science and innovation as we showcase the remarkable achievements of local pioneers in various fields. From astronomy to agriculture, witness how our island’s innovators have made a global impact and contributed to the advancement of knowledge. Whether you’re a local resident or a curious traveler, these lectures are a gateway to discover the thriving ecosystems that call our island their home, and gain a deeper understanding of the delicate balance between nature and human impact.

Events will take place once a month, starting July 2023 and running through December 2023. Events will focus on exploring the science, engineering, and cultural aspects of Hawaiʻi Island. The Lecture Series will facilitate critical and meaningful interactions, collaboration, and networking across the scientific, business, and visitor communities.

Join us in celebrating the uniqueness and brilliance of Hawaiʻi Island.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/island-science-lecture-series-presents-manta-pacific-tickets-682406906427

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