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Maui Ocean Center Saddle Wrasse

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. CREDIT: LILY SOLANO, MAUI OCEAN CENTER EDUCATION DIRECTOR

‘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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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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