Our Story

The Aquarium of Hawai‘i

We are a group of passionate people who love Maui and its unique culture, marine life, and community. Since opening our doors in 1998, we have worked together to protect and advocate for Hawai‘i’s marine life. We are proud to offer the best up-close and guaranteed encounters with the most unique and amazing marine life, some of which are found only in Hawai‘i.

With one of the largest collections of live Pacific corals in the world, a virtual whale encounter in the Humpbacks of Hawai‘i Exhibit & Sphere, 20 daily presentations, outdoor tide pools, and a 750,000-gallon Open Ocean exhibit with a 240-degree view acrylic tunnel, we hope to provide guests an understanding and appreciation of Hawai‘i’s marine environment and local culture.

Our Mission

To foster understanding, wonder, and respect for Hawai‘i’s Marine Life.

All animals at Maui Ocean Center are meticulously collected and cared for by an expert team of marine biologists, divers, and aquarists. Collection is conducted under strict permits with the Hawai‘i State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources, and under the guidance of Hawaiian Cultural Advisor, Kahu (caretaker) Dane Maxwell.

Maui Ocean Center is respectfully in compliance with a County of Maui ordinance prohibiting the exhibit of cetaceans (whales and dolphins). Learn about humpback whales in our state-of-the-art Humpbacks of Hawai‘i Exhibit & Sphere.

Hawaiian Cultural Heritage

Dedicated to perpetuating and sharing the island’s culture, Maui Ocean Center maintains a close relationship with Hawaiian practitioners in the community. With the guidance of Kahu Dane Maxwell, the Aquarium integrates Hawaiian culture in presentations, exhibits, special events, and also in the marine park’s standard of operations and service.  Kahu Dane Maxwell presides over blessings of important functions and facilities, as well as blessings of marine animals such as the honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle) and manō (shark).

Kahu Dane Maxwell


Accolades and Distinctions


Travelers’ Choice Award

Maui Ocean Center has won Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choice award 9 years in a row.

Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.” – Tripadvisor

From 2011 to 2020, our consistency for excellence has shown through reviews from our guests. Thank you for sharing your experiences with the world!

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Sustainable Tourism


Certified Sustainable Tour Operator

We’re committed to sustainability and take an active stand in focusing efforts on environmental and conservation initiatives. We’re proud to continue our certification with the Sustainable Tourism Association of Hawaii.

“MOC has taken significant steps towards creating a sustainable and holistic operation, and it definitely shows…Community partnership and support for local community groups is evident. Numerous opportunities for community, keiki, school groups, interns, etc. to benefit from MOC’s facilities and generosity…blog is an excellent resource and STAH encourages MOC to keep this going! Posts even include information about ocean issues (e.g. coral bleaching, marine debris, etc.). Continue!” – Sustainable Tourism Association of Hawai‘i

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For a full list of awards, visit mauioceancenter.com/awards.

A Climate for Change


Watch full episode online at Hawaii News Now: A Climate for Change: The New Normal

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