Humpbacks of Hawaii Exhibit & Sphere Opening February 2019: An underwater encounter that will change everything you thought you knew.
Immerse yourself in the world of Hawaii’s humpback whales. Until now, we’ve only been able to see humpbacks from above the ocean surface. Maui Ocean Center’s Sphere breaks the barrier to do what has never been done before: bring you eye-to-eye with Maui’s humpbacks whales in their realm beneath the waves.
The new Maui Ocean Center Humpbacks of Hawaii Exhibit & Sphere invites you to explore their world, learn their secrets, and discover the dynamic life, journeys and social bonds of these intelligent and spiritual creatures under the sea.
The Humpbacks of Hawaii Exhibit & Sphere is the first of its kind in Hawaii, adding an exciting chapter to the story and legacy of Hawaii’s humpback whales. Look for our Grand Opening February 10, 2019.
Cutting-Edge Visual And Audio Technology
As the first-of-its-kind in Hawai‘i, the $3 million Sphere marks a new era in the confluence of technology and marine observation. The new experience will allow guests to connect with humpbacks in their world through the integration of 4k imagery, 3D active glasses and a 7.1 surround sound system. The Sphere was built with the support and collaboration of science and technology experts to create something not previously possible.
“Until now, people have only observed humpback whales from above the ocean’s surface, witnessing their power and size during their infamous breaches,” said Tapani Vuori, general manager of Maui Ocean Center. “Our exhibit transports guests deep into the ocean, giving them an inside look into the complex and vibrant lives of Maui’s humpback whales, and allowing them to forge new connections with one of nature’s greatest marvels.”
Developed, produced and directed by Daniel Opitz of Ocean Mind, the film includes footage from two seasons in the waters around Maui.