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Category: Maui Living

Mo‘okiha O Pi‘ilani

August 17, 2018

“He wa‘a he moku, he moku he waʻa – the canoe is an island, the island is a canoe.” The Mo‘okia O Pi‘ilani is Maui’s first voyaging canoe built in over 600 years, serving as a gateway into the world of Polynesian wayfinding and navigation. In partnership with Maui Ocean Center and Hawaii Tourism Authority, the Hui O Wa‘a Kaulua now offers tours of this historic canoe.

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Storm Drain Stencil

On Sunday, August 12th, Maui Ocean Center hosted a storm drain stenciling and cleanup event in Ma‘alaea, Maui. Joined by community volunteers, the Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute, and honored guest Mayor Alan Arakawa, the collaborative effort resulted in 19 stenciled storm drains and 2,827 pieces of collected trash.

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Native Intelligence

August 07, 2018
CREDIT MARK WHITE - Queen Neneue

Some may call it a superstition, but many Hawaiian proverbs bear more truth than fiction. For thousands of years, Hawaiians have carefully observed correlations between activity on land and in the sea, recording their findings orally in the absence of a written language. Their observations were preserved and passed down for generations through songs and chant, a testament to the brilliance of Hawaii’s native intelligence.

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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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Sunscreen Ban SB2571 Photo Courtesy Office of the Govenor

On Tuesday, July 3, 2018, Hawaii Governor David Ige made history by signing Senate Bill 2571 (now Act 104) into law, becoming the first state in the U.S. to ban the sale and distribution of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate chemicals. Here’s everything you need to know about SB2571.

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Maui Fishpond

Maui Ocean Center and Maui Fishpond Association’s new Cultural Canoe Tour and Aquarium Package offers a unique Hawaiian cultural and ocean-centric learning experience.

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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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Storm Drain Stencil

Maui Ocean Center joins West Maui Kumuwai to stencil storm drains around West Maui to raise awareness about storm drain runoff and its impact to coral reefs. Learn about this new initiative and what you can do to help!

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Sunscreen Alternatives

October 26, 2017
Sunscreen-and-Coral

With sunny weather, sandy beaches, and protected waters, it’s no surprise that our island lifestyle often revolves around the sea. Sunscreen use is significant when you consider millions of visitors and residents enjoy the beach throughout the year. While sunscreen is effective at protecting us from harmful UV rays, the unfortunate reality is it poses a substantial threat to our coral reef ecosystems.

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The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is a place of scientific, historical, and cultural significance. On May 30th, 2017, Maui Ocean Center, Mayor Alan Arakawa, and supporters of the Monument unveiled the Papahānaumokuākea Gallery, a new exhibit that offers a glimpse into the world’s largest Marine National Monument.

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