A taste of the tropics

Tiare, left, and Kai'Ulani, right, dancers with Kaiholunuie, a Polynesian dance group from Wallingford, lead a lesson for children attending Tropical Sunsation at Mystic Aquarium Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Kai'Ulani is wearing a Tahitian regalia. The group taught dances from Tahiti, Hawaii and New Zealand Maori traditions. The event, which ran over the long Presidents' Day weekend, also featured Live steel drum music, diving mermaids in the Coral Reef exhibit, and a tropical fish craft for kids of all ages. Tropical Sunsation activities were free to all with paid admission to the aquarium. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Tiare, left, and Kai'Ulani, right, dancers with Kaiholunuie, a Polynesian dance group from Wallingford, lead a lesson for children attending Tropical Sunsation at Mystic Aquarium Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Kai'Ulani is wearing a Tahitian regalia. The group taught dances from Tahiti, Hawaii and New Zealand Maori traditions. The event, which ran over the long Presidents' Day weekend, also featured Live steel drum music, diving mermaids in the Coral Reef exhibit, and a tropical fish craft for kids of all ages. Tropical Sunsation activities were free to all with paid admission to the aquarium. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Mystic — Dancers with Kaiholunuie, a polynesian dance group from Wallingford, led a lesson for children attending Tropical Sunsation at Mystic Aquarium Monday. The group taught dances from Tahiti, Hawaii and New Zealand Maori traditions. 

The event, which ran over the long Presidents' Day weekend, also featured Live steel drum music, diving mermaids in the Coral Reef exhibit, and a tropical fish craft for kids of all ages. Tropical Sunsation activities were free to all with paid admission to the aquarium.

Visitors to Mystic Aquarium view the African blackfoot penguins from the underwater viewing area Monday, Feb. 18, 2019.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Visitors to Mystic Aquarium view the African blackfoot penguins from the underwater viewing area Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Kai'Ulani, in Tahitian regalia, a dancer with Kaiholunuie, a Polynesian dance group from Wallingford, leads a lesson for children attending Tropical Sunsation at Mystic Aquarium Monday, Feb. 18, 2019.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Kai'Ulani, in Tahitian regalia, a dancer with Kaiholunuie, a Polynesian dance group from Wallingford, leads a lesson for children attending Tropical Sunsation at Mystic Aquarium Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Visitors to Mystic Aquarium take photos of Juno, one of the beluga whales in the Alaska Coast exhibit Monday, Feb. 18, 2019.  The aquariums two belugas; Juno and Kela, were recently joined by Natasha, a 37-year-old beluga from Sea World San Antonio. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
Visitors to Mystic Aquarium take photos of Juno, one of the beluga whales in the Alaska Coast exhibit Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. The aquariums two belugas; Juno and Kela, were recently joined by Natasha, a 37-year-old beluga from Sea World San Antonio. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

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