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In Search of Humpback Whale Songs

February 04, 2019
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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
Kaho'olawe-Exhibit

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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Goldring-Surgeonfish-(Kole)-web

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
Coral Reefs Rainforests of the Sea

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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Leatherback sea turtle, South America

Leatherback sea turtles are seasoned mariners of the world’s seven seas. They are transoceanic travelers, accomplished divers, and one of five species of sea turtles found in Hawaii.

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Fishing For A Solution

August 07, 2018
MOCMI Fishing Line Recycling Program

Negative interaction with fishing gear is the leading cause of sea turtle strandings in the Hawaiian Islands. To mitigate this threat, the Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute created the Fishing Line Recycling Program, a community-focused initiative that seeks to reduce the number of marine life entanglement caused by discarded fishing gear.

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The Summer ‘Oama Run

July 02, 2018

Every summer, local families and anglers anxiously wait for the return of ‘oama in the thousands. ‘Oama fishing is a timeless tradition in Hawaii, a pastime that brings friends and families together for a memorable day on the water.

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Sharks are incredibly important to our ocean’s ecosystems and are revered in Hawaiian culture, yet, they are often portrayed in a negative light by media. If we choose to view sharks from a different angle, perhaps fear will fade in favor of wonder and admiration for one of the ocean’s oldest caretakers.

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Longnose Butterflyfish Lauwiliwilinukunukuoioi

Growing up in Hawaii, we learned at an early age how to pronounce the notorious tongue twister: humuhumunukunukuāpua‘a. Naturally, many of us assumed this was the longest Hawaiian fish name, but surprisingly there is another fish that has it beat – the longnose butterflyfish, known simply as lauwiliwili nukunuku ‘oi‘oi.

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