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Category: Ka Mo’olelo Moana

‘Opihi Treasured as a Cultural Delicacy

August 05, 2019
'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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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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“Mac Nut” the Giant Grouper is a recent addition to Maui Ocean Center, but her origin began on the Island of Hawai‘i. Raised at an aquaculture facility and a resident at a local resort, Mac Nut’s journey to the Maui Ocean Center brought with her an opportunity for guests to see and learn about one of Hawai‘’s lesser-known fish species.

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Whale Trust Maui is a nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific research and public awareness of whales and their environment. Learn about Whale Trust’s latest initiative in studying the humpback whale song, upcoming Whale Tales event, and more.

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Kaho‘olawe Exhibit

January 15, 2019
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Maui Ocean Center recently unveiled its newest exhibit, Kaho‘olawe: A Story of History and Healing to raise further awareness of the culture, geography, history, and restoration of the island. The exhibit evokes the power and capacity to effect change and hope for the future of Kaho‘olawe.

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As Christmas approaches, Maui Ocean Center’s Head Aquarist Nadine is making her list and checking it twice! Find out which animals made Nadine’s Naughty or Nice list.

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The Muralist and the Whale

November 14, 2018
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Waterman, community leader, and skilled painter – muralist Hilton Alves brings humpback whales to life through his artwork at Maui Ocean Center in anticipation of opening the new Humpbacks of Hawaii Exhibit & 3D Sphere.

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Rainforests of the Sea

October 08, 2018
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Beneath the ocean’s waves, coral reefs reign as ancient, complex, and living ecosystems that are often called the rainforests of the sea. Like tropical rainforests, coral reefs provide life and habitats for an array of plants and animals.

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