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Sharks are incredibly important to our ocean’s ecosystems and are revered in Hawaiian culture, yet, they are often portrayed in a negative light by media. If we choose to view sharks from a different angle, perhaps fear will fade in favor of wonder and admiration for one of the ocean’s oldest caretakers.

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Growing up in Hawaii, we learned at an early age how to pronounce the notorious tongue twister: humuhumunukunukuāpua‘a. Naturally, many of us assumed this was the longest Hawaiian fish name, but surprisingly there is another fish that has it beat – the longnose butterflyfish, known simply as lauwiliwili nukunuku ‘oi‘oi.

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On Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, Maui Ocean Center, The Aquarium of Hawaii held a groundbreaking blessing for the construction of a new whale exhibit which includes a specialized dome theater. Utilizing state-of-the-art dual laser projection technology, the dome theater will enable visitors to dive among humpback whales in an immersive, virtual experience. The monolithic dome theater will be the first of its kind in Hawaii.

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Hawaii’s pelagic world is as beautiful as it is dangerous, but for the false killer whale, it’s a place called home. The false killer whale is considered to be the most socially advanced whale species in Hawaii and is a resident of the islands.

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Fact or Fluke?

January 11, 2018
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Whale, whale, whale… so you think you’re an aficionado of the mightest Hawaiian marine mammal? Let’s put your knowledge to the test to see if you can separate fact from fluke about the Megaptera novaeangli!

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The Hawaiian monk seal is endemic to the 1,500-mile Hawaiian Archipelago and is one of the most endangered animals in the world with an estimated population of 1,400 seals.

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The Yellow Brick Road

January 02, 2018
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Yellow tangs from HPU’s Ocean Institute represent an advancement in marine aquaculture technology, as well as an economic and conservation opportunity for Hawaii’s reef ecosystems. On December 18, 2017, Maui Ocean Center received its first generation of captive-bred yellow tangs to exhibit at the Aquarium to raise awareness about their species and the developing role of aquaculture in aquarium keeping.

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