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December 2012 calendar listings

Event: A Maui FISH-mas

Description: Maui Ocean Center celebrates the SEA-son with fun-filled festivities including special presentations, children’s crafts, a spectacular holiday sale in the Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop and more! Daily Ocean Naturalist presentations will highlight Hawaii’s unique marine animals with exceptional holiday-themed names such as the Angelfish, Trumpetfish, Christmas Wrasse, Snowflake Eel, Candy Cane Shrimp, Christmas Tree Worm and more!
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Dates: December 1-31, 2012
Time: 9am-5pm
Cost: Included with paid aquarium admission

Event: Sea Talk

Description: Maui Ocean Center’s educational Sea Talk series continues with a presentation by Dr. Christopher Kelley from the Hawaii Underwater Research Laboratory (HURL). Dr. Kelley will speak on the topic of submersible surveys of deepwater coral and sponge communities in Hawaii and their implications on the potential impacts of deepwater mining activities in the Pacific. Sea Talks are held in Maui Ocean Center’s Open Ocean exhibit. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended by calling 808-270-7088.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Time: 6pm-7pm, gates open 5:50pm-6:15pm
Cost: Complimentary

Event: ‘Tis the SEA-son Holiday Shopping Night
Description: Jumpstart your holiday SEA-son with a fabulous night of shopping in the Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop at Maui Ocean Center! Enjoy spectacular door busters, storewide discounts, and delicious holiday refreshments throughout the evening. Find something for everyone with a dazzling array of fine artwork, jewelry and Hawaiiana created by some of the island’s most prominent artists. The extensive children’s section includes fun and educational toys, games, books, and plush for all the little ones on your list! For more info, call the store at 808-270-7061 or email shop@mauioceancenter.com.
Date: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Time: 6pm-9pm
Cost: Complimentary admission to the gift shop; aquarium exhibits will not be open for viewing.

Event: Fins and Flippers Tour
Description: 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 and the chance to observe supervised feeds at Hammerhead Harbor and Turtle Lagoon. Tours are $10 per person plus admission. Reservations are recommended by calling 808-270-7088.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Dates: Tuesdays and Fridays- December 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
Time: 11:30am
Cost: $10 per person plus admission
Reservations: 808-270-7088

Event: Wet Naturalist Presentations
Description: Get a hands-on feel for Hawaii’s marine invertebrates during Wet Naturalist presentations at the Discovery Pool. Invertebrates are animals without backbones, such as sea stars, sea cucumbers and urchins. Learn intriguing facts and enjoy the chance to touch and hold these spineless creatures. This activity is included with aquarium admission.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Date: Thursdays and Sundays; December 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
Time: 11:30am
Cost: Included with paid aquarium admission

Event: 12 Days of FISH-mas
Description: Celebrate the 12 Days of FISH-mas at Maui Ocean Center with delicious holiday-themed food and drink specials, a spectacular sale in the Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop, exciting visits from Scuba Claus and Elf, and candy cane giveaways for guests during daily naturalist presentations. Join Scuba Claus at 11am and Elf at 3pm as they host interactive Dive Link presentations in the Open Ocean exhibit; Scuba Claus and Elf will wear special dive masks that allow them to speak with the audience, so have your wish list ready!
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Dates: December 14-25, 2012
Time: 9am-5pm; Dive Link presentations at 11am, 3pm
Cost: Included with paid aquarium admission

Event:
Turtle-rrific Thursday
Description: Enjoy up close and personal encounters with green sea turtles at Maui Ocean Center’s Turtle Lagoon at 2pm. 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. This activity is included with aquarium admission.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Date: Thursday, December 20, 2012
Time: 2pm
Cost: Included with paid aquarium admission

Event: Christmas Day Lunch

Description: Join us for a scrumptious lunch in the award-winning, oceanview Seascape Ma`alaea Restaurant on Christmas Day. Reservations recommended for parties of 4 or more, call 808-270-7068. Admission is not required to dine in the restaurant; use the entrance located down the walkway from the Harbor Shops. Click here to view Christmas menu.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Date: Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Time: 11am-2:30pm
Reservations: Optional, call 808-270-7068

Event: Hangin’ with Honu
Description: Discover the fascinating story behind the green sea turtles at Maui Ocean Center. Join a special guest speaker at the Turtle Lagoon at 11am 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 the green sea turtle educational loan program. This activity is included with aquarium admission.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Date: Friday, December 28, 2012
Time: 11am-2pm
Cost: Included with paid aquarium admission

Event: Holiday Sale at Maui Ocean Treasures
Description: The Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop at Maui Ocean Center will offer discounts on holiday-themed items throughout December. Choose from an impressive selection of greeting cards, Christmas ornaments, holiday home décor and more. Enjoy 40% off December 1-4, 50% off December 5-19, and 60% off December 20-January 3. Check in at the Aquarium’s front gate for complimentary entry to the store only. For more info, contact the gift shop at 808-270-7068.
Place: Maui Ocean Treasures
Date: December 1, 2012 – January 3, 2013
Time: 9am-5pm
Cost: Complimentary entry to the store only; check in at the Aquarium’s front gate.

Event: Children’s Crafts
Description: Children ages 3-12 are invited to learn about Hawaii’s marine animals while creating fun, ocean-themed crafts. Crafts are offered on selected days in December from 11am-2pm in the Marine Mammal Discovery Center. This activity is included with aquarium admission.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Date: December 4, 9, 14, 19, 23, 30
Time: 11am-2pm
Cost: Included with paid aquarium admission