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Turtle Hatchlings Arrive at Maui Ocean Center

September 12, 2018
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Maui Ocean Center is proud to announce the newest addition to its sea turtle ‘ohana: six Hawaiian green sea turtle hatchlings. The hatchlings were relocated from a nesting colony at Sea Life Park Hawaii to the Aquarium where they will reside for the next two years as ambassadors of their species until their release to the ocean.

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On August 30, 2018, Maui Ocean Center released two Hawaiian green sea turtles into Maui’s coastal waters. These honu (turtles) were hatched at Sea Life Park Hawaii and raised at Maui Ocean Center as ambassadors of their species, educating guests about Hawaii’s sea turtles and the challenges they face in the wild.

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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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Fishing For A Solution

August 07, 2018
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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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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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On Thursday, July 12, guests at Maui Ocean Center’s Incredible Corals: Night at the Reef event witnessed one of nature’s rarely seen phenomenon – coral spawning. (Photo by Pauline Fiene)

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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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Construction of the new Humpbacks of Hawaii Exhibit Hall and 3D Dome Theater continues through the summer. View the recently inflated PVC balloon-like structure that will house the 3D theater.

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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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On Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, Maui Ocean Center, The Aquarium of Hawaii held a groundbreaking blessing for the construction of a new whale exhibit which includes a specialized dome theater. Utilizing state-of-the-art dual laser projection technology, the dome theater will enable visitors to dive among humpback whales in an immersive, virtual experience. The monolithic dome theater will be the first of its kind in Hawaii.

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