"It's nice to hear about them if they have them described. But it's actually such a meaningful experience for them to touch them and get the sensory experience," said Jeanne Torres, executive director of Guide Dogs of Hawaii.
About a dozen children and teenagers jumped at the opportunity — and nearly all of them has been blind since birth.
Guide Dogs of Hawaii trains and provides guide dogs and technology aids to blind clients. The dolphin swim is a new activity the organization hopes to offer on a regular basis.
Rachel Awa and her four-year-old daughter Aurelia participated in the event. Aurelia said she wanted to "touch and feel them" and maybe even give them a kiss.
"I think this is a good experience for her to meet an ocean animal," Awa said.
Ezra White, 15, was both nervous and excited as he waited for his turn.
"It's the only opportunity I have to connect with sea life," White said. "Sea animals are very important for me culturally. I have much respect for them."
Dolphin Quest tailors programs for all types of participants, including those with physical challenges.
"I think it will be a easy to be introducing these special guests to our animals because they know about that human partner bond," said Julie Rocho-Levine, manager of marine animals at Dolphin Quest. "They work with dogs very closely help them in their lives."
"We have a very good turnout," Torres said. "The kids are really excited. I'm looking forward to more."