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Category: Animals

Happy Birthday, Honu!

June 04, 2020

Author: Heather Walters The MOC ʻohana recently celebrated a very special occasion. Our six Hawaiian green sea turtle ambassadors, Kuʻuipo (Turtle 1), Kilakila (Turtle 2), Nohea (Turtle 3), Hohonu (Turtle 4), Makaʻala (Turtle 5), and Auliʻi (Turtle 6), turned two! Sea turtles are only with us for a short period of time at the beginning […]

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As the world panicked about not having enough antibacterial soap and sweat pants became the new work attire as stay-at-home orders went into effect- it might seem like a closed aquarium would be tranquil without guests, but Maui Ocean Center has been bustling with developments as we utilize this closure in positive ways, enhancing exhibits […]

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Mission: Shark Rescue!

May 12, 2020

Author: Heather Walters Typically when we talk about the marine life under our care, we’re referring to the marine life at Maui Ocean Center, but not always. Our mission extends to all of Hawaiʻi’s marine life—both at MOC and beyond. This past Wednesday, the all-encompassing kuleana, or responsibility, felt by Maui Ocean Center and MOC […]

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Caring in Times of Crisis

April 15, 2020

Author: Heather Walters As a global community, we’re facing unprecedented times. The COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic is a crisis unlike anything we’ve seen in recent history, and it has unfortunately made its mark on our neighborhoods in Hawai‘i. Our shared commitment to the health and safety of ourselves and each other remains one of the few […]

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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 […]

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Maui Ocean Center Saddle Wrasse

In the vast Pacific Ocean, Hawai‘i’s coral reefs reign as one of nature’s greatest marvels, home to some of the world’s most unique marine animals. Beneath the waves where earth-toned corals are muted in color, the vibrancy is brought to life through its reef fish. These families of reef fish are more than ecologically significant; they serve as a living connection to Hawai‘i’s culture and past. From diet to ceremonial traditions, or music and the arts, reef fish are a longstanding cornerstone of Hawaiian society.

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Humpback Whale Mom and Calf, Mother's Day

There’s arguably no better place in the world to see humpback whales than Maui. Thousands of North Pacific humpback mothers, calves, and males are completing the first leg of their 6,000-mile, round-trip migration from Alaska to Hawai‘i. Humpback activity is heating up in Maui Nui with peak season quickly approaching, and we’re here to help you make the most of the 2020 whale season!

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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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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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