from Maui Ocean Center - The Hawaiian Aquarium
Voted Hawaii's "Top Family Attraction"
From the smallest coral polyp to the seven-foot sandbar shark, the intricate wonders of Hawai'i's ocean are showcased in over 60 indoor and outdoor exhibits at Maui Ocean Center. Each exhibit features marine animals living in habitats closely resembling their own natural environment.
Humpbacks of Hawaii Exhibit & Sphere
Maui Ocean Center’s Sphere breaks the deep-sea barrier and brings you eye-to-eye with Maui’s humpback whales in their realm beneath the waves. Discover the dynamic life, journeys, and social bonds of these intelligent and spiritual creatures under the sea in the first-of-its-kind 3D Sphere, only at Maui Ocean Center.
Developed, produced, and directed by Daniel Opitz of Ocean Mind, the film includes footage from two seasons in the waters around Maui.
The Living Reef
Over 40 realistically-designed exhibits take you on a journey from the rocky surge zone to the edge of the deep reef. See rarely encountered marine creatures: moray eels, octopus, lobsters, sea horses, nocturnal fish and much more!
Get up close and personal with Hawaiian green sea turtles at this outdoor two-view exhibit. See the animals from above the water, as they surface to breathe, or from a below-viewing window for a unique view of these beloved creatures. Maui Ocean Center's sea turtles are part of a hatch-and-release program and will eventually be released in the wild.
Hawaiians and the Sea
This exhibit is dedicated to the rich culture of the first Hawaiians on the Islands. They try to have their guests experience what it’s like to take a step into the past. Discover captivating artifacts, traditional tools, and intricate artwork that showcase the profound relationship between Hawaiians and the sea. Gain a deeper understanding of their sustainable fishing practices, navigation techniques, and legends surrounding marine life.
Kaho'olawe: History and Healing
Kaho‘olawe has long been a sacred and storied place for Native Hawaiians. Steeped in cultural and historical significance, the uninhabited island was once a center for celestial navigation training, agriculture, and spiritual practice. Kaho‘olawe’s modern history is marked by an era of intense U.S. military target practice and the Native Hawaiian movement to reclaim and restore the island.
Maui Ocean Center unveiled Kaho‘olawe: A Story of History and Healing to commemorate the sacred island’s past, present, and future.
The Open Ocean
A 54-foot-long clear acrylic tunnel transports you through this underwater realm, providing a 240-degree view of nearly 2,000 fishes, while stingrays slide overhead and sharks look visitors in the eye. This 750,000-gallon salt-water aquarium is the largest in the state.