Celebrating Hawaiian Culture & Environmental Stewardship

Maui Ocean Center, in partnership with Kanu Ka ʻIke, is proud to announce the inaugural Wai.Kai Week, celebrating Wai (freshwater) and Kai (saltwater) where two realms meet. Wai.Kai aims to provide tools and resources to inspire individuals to become environmental stewards and bring awareness on how to mālama (take care of) our precious resources. Wai.Kai Week features free daytime Aquarium admission for Hawai’i resident children, guest environmental organizations, a Kauhulu evening talk, and a Wai.Kai Benefit Night.

Wai.Kai Week - Free Kama'āina Kids

October 20- 26 | 9:00am-5:00pm

Wai.Kai Week begins with a beach to reef cleanup at Keālia Pond. From October 20-26, Maui Ocean Center will host environmental organizations in the park with free Aquarium admission for Hawaiʻi Resident (Kamaʻāina) children ages 4-12 with a paid adult (must present valid ID). Learn More.

Wai.Kai Kauhulu - Free Cultural Talk

Thursday, October 24 | 5:45pm-9:00pm

On Thursday evening, kick-off our very first cultural speaking series called Kauhulu. Like fish schooling toward the surface, let us collectively gather in a space that fosters aboriginal brilliance. This free event focuses on Hawaiian culture with two educational panel discussions lead by guest speakers on Wai (freshwater) and Kai (saltwater) topics. Enjoy an evening filled with mele (music) and mea‘ai pono (light healthy foods). Kauhulu will be in the Sphere theater with limited tickets. Learn More or Book Now.

Wai.Kai Benefit Night - Signature Event

Saturday, October 26 | 5:30pm-9:45pm

On Saturday night, Wai.Kai Week concludes with a special Benefit Night for two local non-profit organizations. Enjoy exclusive evening access to the Aquarium with live music by the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Winners Nā Hoa and Nā Wai ʻEhā, food & drinks, environmental educators, and a panel discussion on Kāne and Kanaloa. Event proceeds will benefit the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens and Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute. Learn More or Book Now.

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