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Caring in Times of Crisis

April 15, 2020

Author: Heather Walters As a global community, we’re facing unprecedented times. The COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic is a crisis unlike anything we’ve seen in recent history, and it has unfortunately made its mark on our neighborhoods in Hawai‘i. Our shared commitment to the health and safety of ourselves and each other remains one of the few […]

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In the vast Pacific Ocean, Hawai‘i’s coral reefs reign as one of nature’s greatest marvels, home to some of the world’s most unique marine animals. Beneath the waves where earth-toned corals are muted in color, the vibrancy is brought to life through its reef fish. These families of reef fish are more than ecologically significant; they serve as a living connection to Hawai‘i’s culture and past. From diet to ceremonial traditions, or music and the arts, reef fish are a longstanding cornerstone of Hawaiian society.

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‘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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Kaho‘olawe Exhibit

January 15, 2019
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Maui Ocean Center recently unveiled its newest exhibit, Kaho‘olawe: A Story of History and Healing to raise further awareness of the culture, geography, history, and restoration of the island. The exhibit evokes the power and capacity to effect change and hope for the future of Kaho‘olawe.

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Mo‘okiha O Pi‘ilani

August 17, 2018
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“He wa‘a he moku, he moku he waʻa – the canoe is an island, the island is a canoe.” The Mo‘okia O Pi‘ilani is Maui’s first voyaging canoe built in over 600 years, serving as a gateway into the world of Polynesian wayfinding and navigation. In partnership with Maui Ocean Center and Hawaii Tourism Authority, the Hui O Wa‘a Kaulua now offers tours of this historic canoe.

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Native Intelligence

August 07, 2018
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Some may call it a superstition, but many Hawaiian proverbs bear more truth than fiction. For thousands of years, Hawaiians have carefully observed correlations between activity on land and in the sea, recording their findings orally in the absence of a written language. Their observations were preserved and passed down for generations through songs and chant, a testament to the brilliance of Hawaii’s native intelligence.

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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.

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Illuminating the Past

May 08, 2017
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The kukui nut, or candlenut, is one of nature’s engineering marvels used by Hawaiians for centuries. Go back in time and learn how kukui nuts were used in fishing traditions, medicinal applications, and more!

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Sea Shepherds

April 10, 2017
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Lawai‘a were highly skilled and greatly respected in Hawaiian society. They were trained to understand cloud formations, ocean currents and wind direction, moon phases, and star patterns. But the lawai‘a did not always look to the sky to find fish – the answer would often come with the aid of the ‘ōpelu māmā.

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Mālama Kekahi I Kekahi: To Take Care of Each Other



Although we are temporarily closed, our Marine Team has taken this opportunity to further renew and refresh our award-winning Aquarium of Hawai`i.

The health and well-being of our guests, team and marine life are of utmost importance to us. With guidance from health and government authorities, we will be implementing required and recommended enhanced safety measures to provide you with a comfortable park experience with peace of mind.

At Maui Ocean Center, we encourage connections with nature. Be awe-inspired by our spectacular ocean view and breathe the fresh Pacific Ocean air; be mesmerized by the abundance of our tropical marine life, and be exhilarated by the magnificence of our new Humpbacks of Hawai`i exhibit and immersive virtual experience.

When the time is right, we welcome you to create memories together through the beauty of our ocean and its native inhabitants.

In the meantime, we encourage you to SEA what we’re up to by connecting with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

A hui hou – until then,

#dreamnowvisitlater #aCAREium

The Maui Ocean Center thanks the public for its understanding and encourages all to practice healthy habits and follow the current recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more here: mauioceancenter.com/malama

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