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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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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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Hawaiian Monk Seal-2 by Shawn Caley

The Hawaiian monk seal is endemic to the 1,500-mile Hawaiian Archipelago and is one of the most endangered animals in the world with an estimated population of 1,400 seals.

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Christmas on the Reef

December 03, 2017
Christmas Tree Worm

Beneath the ocean’s surface, the colorful Christmas tree worm sways with the gentle pulse of the ocean’s current. Although the Christmas tree worm does not adorn stringed lights or ornaments, it possesses an organic beauty that adds festive colors to the coral reef’s community of inhabitants.

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