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‘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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Humpback Whale Mom and Calf, Mother's Day

Whether you’re finned or finless, all Moms are fin-tastic. This Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating all the moms out there, including Hawaii’s marine matriarchs.

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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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