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Year: 2019

Against the Current

November 02, 2019
'O'opu akupa

Hawai‘i’s freshwater streams are home to five endemic gobies known as ‘o‘opu found nowhere else in the world. These stream-dwelling animals have the incredible ability to travel from sea to stream, while some species scale massive waterfalls. But the ‘o‘opu must navigate through turbulent waters on their long road to recovery, the result of stream diversion and channelizations in Maui.

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Coral Reef Alliance, Watershed Management

“Ridge to Reef” is a cultural and ecological understanding that what happens in the mountains can affect the ocean below. Learn how the Coral Reef Alliance, its partners, and volunteers are using Best Management Practices to mitigate the effects of sedimentation on coral reefs in West Maui.

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maui ocean center, things to do in maui, maui activities

Maui Ocean Center has appointed Toni Rojas as the new Director of Marketing. Dynamic and community-centric, Rojas joins the Aquarium as an award-winning, results-driven executive strategist with proven performance in Hawai‘i sales. With a skillset ranging from business development to marketing communication, Rojas is renowned for her creative approach to community engagement.

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Maui Ocean Center recently welcomed the birth of two male grey reef shark pups. Learn about what goes on behind the scenes when caring for newborn sharks at the Aquarium.

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Maui’s waters welcomed the addition of four new Hawaiian green sea turtles. These turtles were raised at Maui Ocean Center for the past three years where they served as ambassadors of their species. They are now embarking on their new chapter of life in the open sea.

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'Opihi. CREDIT: LILY SOLANO, MAUI OCEAN CENTER EDUCATION DIRECTOR

‘Opihi is more than just a rock-clinging limpet – it’s a cultural delicacy embedded in the culture and history of Hawai‘i. The tradition of picking ‘opihi spans many generations, connecting people with friends, families, and the ocean.

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Maui Ocean Center Shallow Reef

The kumulipo states that life began with the coral polyp and as more life was born, it became more and more complex. It is believed that coral is an akua, or deity, that may be responsible for both life and death for natives to the islands. The historical and cultural significance of ko‘a, or coral, cannot be understated and it is no wonder that corals continue to amaze us to this day.

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What to do when stung by a sea jelly

Getting stung by a sea jelly will quickly end a fun day at the beach. Learn how to properly respond to an injury caused by a sea jelly encounter.

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Humpback Whale Mom and Calf, Mother's Day

Whether you’re finned or finless, all Moms are fin-tastic. This Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating all the moms out there, including Hawaii’s marine matriarchs.

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MOC Marine Institute

Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute (MOCMI) coordinates the response and rescue of sick, injured, and distressed sea turtles on the island of Maui in partnership and collaboration with NOAA Fisheries. Learn what you can do to help reduce the threat of accidental interactions.

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