Author: Heather Walters
Every year, thousands of visitors come to the Aquarium of Hawai’i to encounter Maui’s marine life up-close and in-person. While we remain closed to the public, we strive to mālama kekahi i kekahi, to take care of each other, and offer the next best thing through a host of online resources.
The marine animals that call MOC home continue to receive uninterrupted care by our expert team of exhibit curators, divers, and aquarists, and there are plenty of ways to check in on our ocean friends virtually. While most resources are freely available year-round, we’re adding new experiences during these times of social distancing and stay-at-home orders so that our communities can stay up-to-date on the latest Aquarium activities from afar.
1. Live Cams & Gallery
Sit back and relax as you immerse yourself in a world of sharks, stingrays, and schooling fish! The Underwater Cam at Maui Ocean Center’s 750,000-gallon Open Ocean exhibit is the perfect way to soothe your soul during times of stress. For a more interactive experience, take control of the Outdoor Cam to see our outdoor exhibits, Molokini, and the marina at Māʻalaea Bay.
Browse our Live Cams & Gallery.
2. Social Media
Join our collective community of over 50,000 followers for the latest as-it-happens Aquarium news! From behind-the-scenes adventures and fun fish facts, to Hawaiian proverbs and Turtle Tuesdays, follow along @MauiOceanCenter on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
3. Ocean Education Classroom
Created in collaboration with Kupu Productions and Cultural Advisor Dane Maxwell, the Ocean Education Classroom is an online community resource featuring a Hawaiian word of the week, story readings, coloring sheet downloads, at-home crafting demonstrations, and more. Activities are appropriate for grades K-5 and can be found online at mauioceancenter.com/oceanclassroom. With this virtual program, we hope to provide an alternative interactive environment for families to enjoy together that is both safe and fun.
Stocked with Sea Talks, educational content, Behind the Scenes sneak peeks, and news-worthy moments, Maui Ocean Center’s Youtube Channel is the best place to learn all about the diverse cast of characters that make up the Aquarium of Hawai’i—from the teeming marine life to the dedicated team of individuals caring for them.
Surf our YouTube Channel.
5. Ka Mo’olelo Moana (The Ocean Story)
Learn about the mystery of humpback whales, the majesty of coral reef environments, the significance of Hawaiian culture, and so much more with our online blog. Spanning five years and featuring guest authors throughout the community, there’s no shortage of stories or perspectives to experience!
Browse our blog.
For the latest marine fun facts and infographics, check out Maui Ocean Center’s Pinterest profile. Our boards are full of fun Pins highlighting marine animal anatomy, sustainability initiatives, educational content, and more.
View our Pinterest profile.
7. Maui Ocean Center Newsletter
Our monthly newsletter is one of the best ways to stay connected to all things MOC. Receive the latest Aquarium news and special offers via email by signing up today!
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The Aquarium of Hawai’i
Despite our doors being closed for the first time since opening in 1998, our calling remains to connect people with local marine life and ultimately inspire hope for the future of our planet. Now, more than ever, we strive to share the beauty and wonder of Hawai’i’s ocean environment with our communities.
In this way, we are able to continue to fulfill our mission: To foster understanding, wonder, and respect for Hawai‘i’s Marine Life.
Written by Heather Walters. “Ka Mo‘olelo Moana,” or “The Ocean Story,” is a monthly column written by Maui Ocean Center.