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humpbacks of hawai‘i exhibit & sphere celebrates anniversary!

A year ago, the Maui Ocean Center opened its Humpbacks of Hawai‘i Exhibit & Sphere, creating a new and immersive dimension to Maui’s fabled humpback whale season. Until now, visitors have observed humpbacks from above the ocean’s surface. The Humpbacks of Hawai‘i experience breaks this barrier, transporting viewers into the humpbacks’ world beneath the waves for a rare, face-to-face encounter with one of the world’s most majestic marine mammals.

Heralded as the first exhibit of its kind in the United States, the Humpbacks of Hawai‘i Exhibit & Sphere saw over three years in its development that included production by German filmmaker Daniel Opitz, filming expeditions off Maui’s coastline, and collaboration with the local and scientific communities of Maui. Continue reading ‘humpbacks of hawai‘i exhibit & sphere celebrates anniversary!’

14th annual whale tales presented by whale trust

Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), Maui, Hawaii

Whale Trust invites the public to join world-renowned scientists, photographers, and conservationists at the 14th Annual Whale Tales, February 14th-17th, at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Whale Tales is presented annually by Whale Trust, a Maui-based nonprofit organization dedicated to whale research and ocean education. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua has been home to Whale Tales (formerly Whale Quest) since the inception of the event in 2006.

Whale Tales is both an educational event that bridges the information gap between scientists working in the field and the public and a means to raise funds to support whale research in Hawai‘i. In 13 years, Whale Tales has raised more than $725,000 for whale research in Hawaii and reached tens of thousands of people, including thousands of local schoolchildren. Continue reading ’14th annual whale tales presented by whale trust’

wa‘a kiakahi continues sailing canoe legacy june 7 – 9 at ka‘anapali resort

The 15th annual Wa‘a Kiakahi brings aloha to Maui shores from June 7 to 9, welcoming seven six-member crews from all islands to share with the public the beauty, history and proficiency of traditional Hawaiian sailing canoes.

The three-day event is created by the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association (HSCA), and features traditional ceremonies, sailing canoe rides and educational talks about celestial navigation and water skills. New this year: prior to the event, the HSCA will rig the canoes at Sugar Beach (Kealia Beach) in Kihei and sail to Kaho‘olawe for a community day of tree-planting! The volunteer tree-planting takes place on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26, after which the canoes sail from Kaho‘olawe to Ka‘anapali on May 27. A traditional Hawaiian arrival ceremony will welcome the sailors, this will take place fronting the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas at around 12 noon. Continue reading ‘wa‘a kiakahi continues sailing canoe legacy june 7 – 9 at ka‘anapali resort’

maui ocean center’s new humpbacks of hawai‘i exhibit & sphere: immersing guests in the world of gentle giants

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to swim among Hawaiian humpback whales, the gentle giants of the sea? Inside Maui Ocean Center’s (MOC) brand-new, multi-million dollar “Sphere,” you’ll encounter what looks and feels to be just that. For the first time in the entire world, guests at Maui’s own aquarium can experience the mystery and majesty of one of the largest mammals on planet Earth as no one has before.

While the Sphere was under construction for approximately a year, who among us didn’t wonder as we drove past, “What in the world is going to be under that shiny, white dome?” “This is the culmination of three years of preparation and work for us,” says Tapani Vuori, MOC general manager. “The Sphere is a groundbreaking, fully immersive humpback whale experience. You are part of the ocean environment with the whales once you’re inside the dome. It’s the first of its kind in the history of the U.S., and even around the world. Continue reading ‘maui ocean center’s new humpbacks of hawai‘i exhibit & sphere: immersing guests in the world of gentle giants’

13th annual whale tales: february 15-18 at the ritz-carlton, kapalua

Each year since 2006 world-renowned presenters have come together on Maui to collaborate and share at Whale Tales, an annual four-day event hosted by Whale Trust. Often described as West Maui’s premier whale event, Whale Tales attracts ocean enthusiasts of all ages.

Whale Tales is a unique opportunity for Maui residents and visitors to hear first-hand what marine scientists are studying and discovering about the ocean and its inhabitants. “This event really brings together a unique community that advocates for stewardship and protection of our local whale population,” shares one attendee. “The more we learn about whales, the more we want to learn.” Continue reading ’13th annual whale tales: february 15-18 at the ritz-carlton, kapalua’

hawai’i ocean rafting launchess new byob sunset cruise!

Starting January 1, 2019, Hawai’i Ocean Rafting will be out on the water for a new BYOB Sunset Cruise on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. This trip is reserved for adults 21 and over, and guests can bring their own favorite beverage aboard! Price is $59.99 for the two-hour cruise along Maui’s beautiful coastline.

For tickets and more information, please call 661-RAFT (7238), or visit http://www.hawaiioceanrafting.com to book online.

new wa‘a tours at ka‘anapali beach hotel

Do you have guests asking about going out in an outrigger canoe? Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel launched their new Wa‘a Tours in early December 2018.

Guests can enjoy an outing on a traditional Hawaiian outrigger canoe complete with a cultural lesson, sightseeing and snorkeling.

The Wa‘a Tour runs from 9am to10:30am. Introductory price is $109+tax for (non-hotel guests) and $99.00+tax for Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel guests. The total time on the water will be approximately 60 to 75 minutes.

Available to children 8 years and older. Maximum group size is 5 and need able paddlers to participate. For more information about this new adventure, please call Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel at 661-0011.