kilo: Stargazer, reader of omens, seer, astrologer; to watch closely, examine, look around, observe, forecast.
iʻa: Fish or any marine animal.
Traditionally, the kilo iʻa was an expert of fish and marine life. He studied the behaviors and movements of iʻa. The kilo stood at a high point of land overlooking the ocean to watch for an expected school of fish and steered the fishermen in the school's direction. The success of surrounding the school was entirely up to the kilo.
Kilo iʻa is published quarterly by the University of Hawaiʻi and the Friends of the Waikīkī Aquarium and is dedicated to increasing the community's knowledge of the Waikīkī Aquarium and Hawaiʻi's marine life.
A full-color magazine, Kilo iʻa, introduces readers to the fascinating undersea world found at the Waikīkī Aquarium. Each issue focuses on the amazing animals we work with - from the sublime to the bizarre, goes behind the scenes to learn about the ground-breaking work of our staff and explores the issues impacting our marine environments.
Kilo iʻa also highlights upcoming events and classes that allow our members to join in the adventure.
To see past issues of Kilo iʻa, click on the covers below: