Hawaii’s Unique Oceans Art Contest
Daily; April 1 – May 31, 2013

Students in grades K-5 are invited to enter Maui Ocean Center’s art contest, held in honor of World Oceans Day on June 8th. The goal of the contest is to promote ocean awareness among Maui’s students. There will be three categories; grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5. The top three drawings that best represent the theme “Hawaii’s Unique Oceans” will win an Annual Journey Pass to the Aquarium. Click here for contest rules and details on how to enter.

True or Fool Quiz
Daily; April 1-5, 2013

Maui Ocean Center offers a fun ‘true or false’ quiz to celebrate April Fools’ Day! Take the quiz and see if you know what’s true and what’s fool (false) about Hawaii’s incredible marine life. The True or Fool Quiz can be completed at the Aquarium or at home. Download your quiz online or ask for one at the Aquarium’s front gate (available March 31).

Harbor Plaza Whale Watching
Mondays 9am-1pm; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Volunteers from the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary will be at the Aquarium’s Harbor Plaza throughout whale season. Enjoy help with spotting whales and interpreting their fantastic acrobatic feats and other surface behaviors from these expert volunteers. Overlooking Ma‘alaea Bay, the Harbor Plaza is the perfect place to watch for Humpbacks.

Fins and Flippers Tour
Tuesdays & Fridays 11:30am; April 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
Cost: $10 plus admission | Reservations: 808-270-7088

Learn fascinating shark and turtle facts on the interactive Fins and Flippers tour. Led by a knowledgeable Ocean Naturalist, the interactive Fins and Flippers tour includes a sneak peek behind-the-scenes at the Aquarium’s wet laboratory and the chance to observe a supervised feed at Hammerhead Harbor and Turtle Lagoon.

Children’s Story Time & Craft Hour
Saturdays 11:30am; April 6, 13, 20, 27

Children ages 3-12 are invited to an intriguing story time in the Hawaiians & the Sea Exhibit. Story time is hosted by an Ocean Naturalist and includes making a fun, marine-themed craft for keiki to take home.

Monk Seal Foundation Booth
Sundays 10am-2pm; April 14, 28

Learn about the endemic Hawaiian monk seal, one of the world’s most critically endangered animals, at the Monk Seal Foundation educational info booth in the Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Discovery Center. MSF volunteers will share information about monk seals, the challenges they face, and how to help this endangered species. A fun children’s craft will also be provided.

Turtle-rrific Thursday
2pm; Thursday, April 18, 2013

Enjoy up close and personal encounters with green sea turtles at Maui Ocean Center’s Turtle Lagoon. Interact with the Aquarium’s curatorial team, the staff who care for the animals and exhibits, and learn fascinating facts about the biology, behavior and diet of green sea turtles.

Hangin’ with Honu
11am-2pm; Friday, April 26, 2013

Discover the fascinating story behind the green sea turtles at Maui Ocean Center. Join a special guest speaker at the Turtle Lagoon for casual turtle talks and an up close encounter with a Hawaiian green sea turtle. Along with interesting turtle facts, guests will learn about the Aquarium’s involvement in Sea Life Park Hawaii’s green sea turtle educational loan program.