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Category: Education

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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Earth Day’s 50th anniversary is a reminder of just how important it is to mālama ‘āina or care for and nurture the land so that it can give back and sustain us. Together we can keep our island environments beautiful and healthy! 1. Coral is a living creature. Avoid touching or stepping on coral. Instead, […]

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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 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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Boneless, blue-blooded, slimy, and totally awesome, the octopus has bewildered ocean lovers for centuries. From cultural folklore to the gyotaku artists and sushi restaurants of Japan, the octopus has influenced coastal cultures throughout the world. Here are 8 tenti-cool facts and reasons why the octopus is one most fascinating animals beneath the waves.

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About 66 million years ago, Earth experienced a mass extinction that wiped out nearly 75% of the world’s known species. Many of these prehistoric animals found a way to survive, evolve, and live among us today. Learn about these modern animals with ancient pasts.

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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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