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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’

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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.

whale tales 2018: FEBRUARY 16-19

Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), Maui, Hawaii

Whale Trust invites the public to join world-renowned scientists, photographers, and conservationists at the 12th Annual Whale Tales, February 16th-19th, in West Maui. Whale Tales 2018 features four days of expert presentations, guided whale watches, films, an education/art expo, and the first annual Whale Tales Family Day. More than 16,000 people have attended the event since its debut in 2006 and contributed over $575,000 for whale research in Hawai‘i.

Learn the latest findings on marine mammals around the world including right whales, killer whales, humpback whales, and bowheads. Hear from the experts about the effects of human activities on marine mammals and view stunning underwater photography and videography of whales in their natural environment. Join the experts on the water with the whales during benefit whale watching cruises hosted throughout the weekend. Continue reading ‘whale tales 2018: FEBRUARY 16-19’

trilogy excursions outfits boats with reef safe sunscreen hawaiian sol

Trilogy Excursions extends its commitment to the environment by outfitting all six of its sailing catamarans with sunscreen free of reef damaging chemicals. After significant research by Conservation and Education Director Magen Schifiliti and Trilogy’s Executive Council, the company has chosen to provide Hawai‘i and Florida-based Hawaiian Sol sunscreen on its tours.

Trilogy had previously been using a brand that was deemed “reef safe” but as research progressed on the topic it was determined that certain chemicals, even in low concentration, have a detrimental impact to reefs. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit research organization that rates products based on toxicity to humans and the environment, the harmful chemicals that have been found to damage reefs are the following: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Most of the sunscreen on the market today contains a combination of two to six of these ingredients. When the chemical Oxybenzone is in the water column, it disrupts the lifecycle of young corals causing DNA damage and death. With thousands of visitors to Hawai‘i’s coral reef systems daily, the concentration of coral damaging chemicals is high. This in combination with an inevitable future coral bleaching event caused by an El Niño year has the potential to be as lethal to Hawaiian coral reef systems as the events we have recently seen in the Great Barrier Reef.  Continue reading ‘trilogy excursions outfits boats with reef safe sunscreen hawaiian sol’

13th annual wa‘a kiakahi perpetuates islands’ sailing canoe legacy kaanapali resort june 2-4

The 13th annual Wa‘a Kiakahi will grace Ka‘anapali’s shores from June 2 to 4, welcoming 10 six-member crews from all islands to share with the public the history and proficiency of traditional Hawaiian sailing canoes.

Created by the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association (HCSA), the three-day event features traditional ceremonies, sailing canoe rides and educational talks about celestial navigation and water skills. HCSA conducts its races in the same mode as ancient Hawaiians: sailors do not make crew changes, and they travel every channel connecting the Hawaiian Islands.

Ka‘anapali Beach Resort Association is the title sponsor of the event, and the public is invited to interact with the canoes and sailors on Ka‘anapali Beach. Continue reading ’13th annual wa‘a kiakahi perpetuates islands’ sailing canoe legacy kaanapali resort june 2-4′


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