Exploring the Pacific while on the Ground

By , October 27, 2009
Green turtle, Chelonia mydas
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A large number of Maui homes can be found near Maalaea, a place in between Lahaina and Kahului.  One of the landmarks of the developing town is the Maui Ocean Center, an aquarium and marine science center that opened in 1998.  The facility features the largest tropical reef aquarium in the Western hemisphere and includes a number of dynamic and unique exhibits on coral, sea turtles, sharks, humpback whales, and a number of endemic Hawaiian species.

The three-acre center has quickly become one of Maui’s leading tourist attractions thanks to its focus on species sustainability and nature preservation.  A special kamaaina, or local resident, rate helps to bring in even more guests.  Besides serving as a platform for under- and above-water exploration, the Maui Ocean Center also caters to special event planners by offering its facilities for dining and other exhibits. More importantly, the center also is dedicated to offering an education program and wildlife conservation effort that has helped to preserve some of Hawaii’s most loved creatures.  Thankfully, the center has been able to drum up significant volunteer bases to help the majority of the non-exhibit rehabilitation, research, and examination programs that take place 365 days a year at the Maui Ocean Center.

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