Sunday, September 28, 2003

3 candidates remain
for aquarium director

A search committee has narrowed the number of candidates for the Waikiki Aquarium directorship from nearly three dozen to just three.

The finalists will give presentations to the public in early October, in which they will answer questions and talk about the role the aquarium should take in the community.

A director for the aquarium, which is run by the University of Hawaii at Manoa, is expected to be chosen from the pool in November.

The candidates are:

>> John E. Heyning, the head of research and related exhibition programs at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

>> Andrew Rossiter, senior research scientist and deputy chief of the aquarium section at Lake Biwa Museum in Kusatsu, Japan.

>> Mark F. Smith, director of animal husbandry and plant operations for Australia's International Design for the Environment and Associates.

Rossiter will hold his presentation on Oct. 6. Heyning and Smith will hold their sessions on Oct. 9 and 13, respectively.

The presentations will be held at the Waikiki Aquarium's classroom from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. For more information on the candidates or their presentations, go to


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