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August 2012 calendar listings

Event: Turtle Mania
Description: Explore the majestic world of Hawaii’s green sea turtles during Turtle Mania at the Maui Ocean Center. Throughout August, the Aquarium highlights these beloved ocean-dwellers with special naturalist presentations, hands-on children’s activities, up close turtle encounters and an exclusive tour upgrade. The month’s activities are designed to educate visitors about these amazing animals, along with providing information on the Aquarium’s participation in Sea Life Park Hawaii’s Green Sea Turtle Educational Loan Program. More information on Turtle Mania activities is available at mauioceancenter.com or by calling (808) 270-7000.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Dates: August 1-31, 2012
Cost: Most activities included with paid admission; excludes tour upgrades and lunch specials

Event: Sea Turtle Tour Package
Description: Maui Ocean Center offers the Sea Turtle Tour exclusively in August. It’s a turtle-rrific opportunity for guests to enjoy an up close encounter with sea turtles, observe green sea turtle feeding habits as they participate in a supervised feed, learn interesting facts about their biology, behavior, diet and more. Package includes a lunch option from Reef Café. Tours are offered Tuesdays at 11:30am for $15 per person plus admission. Space is limited and advance reservations are recommended by calling (808) 270-7088.
Dates: Tuesdays- August 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 11:30am
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Cost: $15 plus aquarium admission
Reservations: (808) 270-7088

Event: Fins and Flippers Tour

Description: Learn fascinating facts about hammerhead sharks and green sea turtles on the exclusive Fins and Flippers tour. Led by a knowledgeable Ocean Naturalist, this interactive tour includes a sneak peek behind-the-scenes at Maui Ocean Center and the chance to observe the feeding behavior of sharks and sea turtles at Hammerhead Harbor and Turtle Lagoon. Tours are offered Fridays at 11:30am for $10 per person plus admission. Space is limited and advance reservations are recommended by calling (808) 270-7088.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Dates: Fridays- August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Times: 11:30am
Cost: $10 plus admission
Reservations: (808) 270-7088

Event: Wet Naturalist Presentations

Description: Get a hands-on feel for Hawaii’s marine invertebrates! Join a wet naturalist at the Discovery Pool on Thursdays and Sundays from 11:30am-1:30pm to learn interesting facts about these spineless marine animals. You’ll even have the chance to touch and hold live sea stars, sea cucumbers, and urchins with the help of the wet naturalist! This activity is included with aquarium admission.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Dates: Thursdays and Sundays in August
Time: 11:30am-1:30pm
Cost: Included with aquarium admission

Event: Poetry & Joke Contest
Description: Tell us a joke or poem about Hawaii’s unique ocean for the chance to win a year membership to the Hawaiian Aquarium! Maui Ocean Center’s first annual Poetry & Joke Contest, held August 1, 2012 through October 31, 2012, is open to students in grades K-12. Entries must express the uniqueness of Hawaii’s remarkable ocean and marine animals. Joke entries are open to grades K-5, poetry is open to grades 6-12. Entries are limited to one per student and must be the student’s original work. Winners and finalists will be announced on MOC’s website and displayed at the Aquarium. Prizes include one-day and year journey passes to MOC. Visit mauioceancenter.com for details on how to enter.
Deadline to enter: October 31
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Cost: Free to enter contest

Event: Meet the Author – Stacy Nyikos
Description: Popular children’s author Stacy Nyikos will be at the Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop for a meet-and-greet and book signing. Nyikos’ stories weave colorful tales filled with life lessons and memorable characters. Find a selection of Nyikos’ books featuring marine animals at the gift shop, titles include “Squirt”, “Shelby”, and “Dizzy”, along with matching toy plush. Shoppers will receive a 10 percent discount on Nyikos’ books and plush purchased August 5-6, 2012. There is no admission fee to visit the gift shop; check-in at the front gate.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Dates: Sunday, August 5; Monday, August 6
Time: 12:30-2:30pm
Cost: Free admission to gift shop on

Event: Sleep with the Sharks
Description: Keiki in grades 3-8 are invited to sleep with the sharks at Maui Ocean Center! Experience the Aquarium after dark and learn about Hawaii’s unique marine life with hands-on discovery lessons, ocean-themed games and crafts, and a supervised turtle feed plus much more! Fee of $60 plus tax per child includes meals and souvenir. Aquarium members receive a 15% discount. Reservations are required; call (808) 270-7075. Program details available online.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Date: Friday, August 10
Time: 5:30pm until 8am the following day
Cost: $60 plus tax per child; 15% discount for members
Reservations: Required; call (808) 270-7075.

Event: Sea Talk Series
Description: Maui Ocean Center’s complimentary Sea Talk Series continues on Tuesday, August 14 at 6pm with “Once Upon a Turtle House” presented by author Peter Bennett. Bennett will share over 25 years of experience diving with and observing the green sea turtle population of Maui, along with his documentation of their life on the reef and their struggle with the tumor disease fibropapillomatosis. Since 1987, Bennett and his wife Ursula have observed green sea turtles off Maui’s Honokowai coast. Together, they created the first website devoted to sea turtles, Turtle Trax, and wrote “The Book of Honu” published in 2008. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are recommended.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Date: Tuesday, August 14
Time: 6:30-7:30pm; gates open 6:20-6:45pm.
Cost: Complimentary

Event: Children’s Ocean Crafts
Description: Keiki ages 3-12 can create fun ocean-themed crafts in the Marine Mammal Discovery Center. The craft booth is hosted by the Aquarium’s education team and is available from 11am-2pm on select days in August. For more info, call (808) 270-7000 or visit www.mauioceancenter.com.
Maui Ocean Center
Dates: August 5, 8, 12, 17, 22, 26
Time: 11am-2pm
Cost: Included with aquarium admission

Event: Children’s Story & Craft Hour
Description: Children ages 3-12 are invited to an intriguing story time followed by a fun ocean-themed craft! Story & Craft Hour is hosted by an Ocean Naturalist and takes place every Saturday at 11:30am in Maui Ocean Center’s Hawaiians and the Sea Exhibit. For more info, call (808) 270-7000 or visit www.mauioceancenter.com.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Dates: Saturdays- August 4, 11, 18, 25
Time: 11am-2pm
Cost: Included with aquarium admission

Event: Turtle-rrific Thursday
Description: Enjoy up close and personal encounters with green sea turtles at Maui Ocean Center’s Turtle Lagoon. Beginning at 2pm, guests are invited to join the Aquarium’s aquarist team at Turtle Lagoon, where the team will measure, weigh and check the general health of the turtles. The aquarists will also share fascinating facts about green sea turtle biology, behavior and diet. This activity is included with aquarium admission.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Date: Thursday, August 16
Time: 2pm
Cost: Included with aquarium admission

Event: Hangin’ with Honu
Description: Discover the fascinating story behind the green sea turtles at Maui Ocean Center. Join a special guest speaker at Turtle Lagoon from 11am-2pm for casual talks about turtles and an up close encounter with a Hawaiian green sea turtle. Along with interesting turtle facts, guests will learn about the Aquarium’s partnership with Sea Life Park Hawaii’s green sea turtle educational loan program and its benefits to the world’s green sea turtle population. This activity is included with aquarium admission.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Date: Friday, August 31
Time: 11am-2pm
Cost: Included with aquarium admission