June 22, 2018, MA‘ALAEA, MAUI, HI – 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. Guests will learn about the Kō‘ie‘ie fishpond while paddling aboard an outrigger canoe and gain a deeper understanding of Hawaii’s marine life with admission to Maui Ocean Center, The Aquarium of Hawaii.
Built over 400 years ago, the Kō‘ie‘ie fishpond in South Maui is a Hawaiian cultural treasure and historic landmark. The journey begins here, where guests will leisurely paddle along the Kihei coastline to experience the Kō‘ie‘ie fishpond and surrounding marine environment, home to coral reefs and sea turtles. Lead by a tour guide, guests will also learn about the Hawaiian language and traditions with local insight into Maui’s culture and history.
Each guest will receive a Day Pass to Maui Ocean Center where face-to-face encounters with fish, sharks, stingrays, and sea turtles await. The Aquarium features over 60 exhibits, 20 daily marine naturalist presentations, cultural activities, and one of the world’s largest displays of live Pacific corals. Named “15 Top Aquariums in the U.S. You Need to Experience” by TripAdvisor, Maui Ocean Center is the ideal destination to see and learn about Hawaii’s diverse marine animals.
“We are excited about our new partnership with Maui Ocean Center and offering our visitors and residents a unique tour in which they can experience the fishpond and ocean while on a canoe, then see marine life up close and personal at the aquarium,” said Joylnn Paman, Executive Director of Kō‘ie‘ie Fishpond, “Both of our locations will compliment each other well and our participants will get the best of both.”
The canoe tour is approximately one hour and begins at 8am. Maui Ocean Center admission is an open ticket valid for a same-day visit or future date. Two-person minimum per booking. Package rates are $73.95 per adult, $70.95 per senior (ages 64+), and $43.95 per child (ages 8-12). A portion of proceeds benefits fishpond restoration efforts, education, and outreach programs managed by ‘Ao‘ao O Nā Loko I‘a O Maui, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
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