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A Small Fish with a Big Name

March 04, 2018
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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Exhibit & Dome Blessing Ceremony

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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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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Fact or Fluke?

January 11, 2018
Humpback Whale

Whale, whale, whale… so you think you’re an aficionado of the mightest Hawaiian marine mammal? Let’s put your knowledge to the test to see if you can separate fact from fluke about the Megaptera novaeangli!

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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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