Home to one of the world’s largest displays of live Pacific corals, Maui Ocean Center offers a startling, up-close view of these rare and beautiful creatures. Our Living Reef showcases over 40 Hawaiian coral species that range from shallow to deep-reef environments.
Maui Ocean Center has successfully raised and maintained coral colonies since 1998. Our exhibits receive saltwater directly from Mā‘alaea Bay, resulting in environments that allow fish, corals, and other marine invertebrates to thrive.
The Kumulipo, the Hawaiian creation chant, begins with the emergence of a coral polyp. After witnessing the splendor of the living reef, it’s easy to see how corals represent the very genesis of life in the sea.