Maui Ocean Center wishes you A Maui FISH-mas this December. This month’s fun-filled festivities include holiday crafts for kids, food and drink specials, exciting tour upgrades, a holiday sale and visits from Scuba Claus and Elf! Dive into a holly-jolly holiday season with Hawaii’s brilliantly colored marine animals with unique holiday-themed names including the Angelfish, Christmas Wrasse, Snowflake Eel, Candy Cane Shrimp, and more.

Event: Fins and Flippers Tour
Description: Learn fascinating facts about 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 Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:30am for $10 per person plus Aquarium admission. Space is limited and advance reservations are recommended by calling (808) 270-7088.
Dates: Tuesdays and Fridays- December 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
Times: 11:30am
Cost: $10 plus Aquarium admission
Reservations: (808) 270-7088

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.
Date: Wednesday, December 4
Time: 11am-2pm
Cost: Included with Aquarium admission

Event: Children’s Story & Craft Hour
Description: Children ages 3-12 are invited to an captivating 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.
Dates: Saturdays- December 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 11:30am
Cost: Included with Aquarium admission

Event: Talk Story & Hula Lessons with Kahu Dane Maxwell and ‘Ohana

Description: Visitors to Maui Ocean Center will have an extraordinary opportunity to hear from Maui Ocean Center’s Hawaiian Cultural Advisor Kahu Dane Maxwell and take in a hula lesson. At 11:45am, following the Aquarium’s 11:00am dive presentation, Kahu Dane Maxwell and ‘Ohana (family) will conduct a talk story session and hula lesson at the Hawaiians and the Sea exhibit. This activity is complimentary with aquarium admission and appropriate for all ages. Schedule subject to change.
Dates: Mondays- December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Time: 11:30am
Cost: Included with Aquarium admission. This activity is appropriate for all ages.

Event: Turtle-rrific Thursday
Description: Enjoy up close and personal encounters with green sea turtles! Beginning at 2pm, guests are invited to join Maui Ocean Center’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.
Date: Thursday, December 19
Cost: Included with Aquarium admission. This activity is appropriate for all ages.

Event: Monk Seal Foundation Info Booth
Description: Guests can learn about the endemic Hawaiian monk seal, one of the world’s most critically endangered animals, at the educational info booth provided by the Monk Seal Foundation (MSF). MSF volunteers will share information about monk seals, the challenges they face, and how to help this endangered species. This activity is offered from 10am to 2pm in the Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Discovery Center. A fun children’s craft will also be provided. For more info on the Monk Seal Foundation, visit www.monksealfoundation.org.
Date: Sundays- December 15 and 29
Time: 10am-2pm
Cost: Included with Aquarium admission and appropriate for all ages.

Event: Wet Naturalist Presentations
Description: Join a Wet Naturalist at Maui Ocean Center’s Discovery Pool for exciting hands-on presentations on Hawaii’s marine invertebrates, animals that lack a backbone. Along with learning all about sea cucumbers, sea stars and urchins, guests will have the chance to touch a few of the live spineless creatures!
Dates: Thursdays and Sundays- December 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
Time: 11:30am
Cost: Included with admission. This activity is appropriate for all ages.

Event: 12 Days of FISH-mas
Description: Join us December 14-25 as we count down the 12 Days of FISH-mas! There will be holiday-themed food and drinks at Hale Mea Ono coffee cart and Seascape Ma‘alaea Restaurant, plus lots of Christmas cheer when Scuba Claus and his sidekick Elf make special visits to the Aquarium. Don’t miss these interactive presentations from Scuba Claus, at 11am, and Elf, at 3pm, at 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!
Dates: December 14-25
Time: 9am-5pm; Dive presentations at 11am, 3pm
Cost: Included with aquarium admission

Maui Ocean Treasures Holiday Sale
Description: Shop Maui Ocean Treasures to find that perfect holiday gift! Enjoy 30% off December 1-4 and 40% off December 5-19 on most holiday items. Last minute shoppers can enjoy 50% off most holiday items December 20 through January 3. Aquarium admission not required to shop in Maui Ocean Treasures. Check in at the Front Gate for complimentary entry to the store only, store-only entry does not include the viewing of any aquarium exhibits. Shop anytime, anywhere with Maui Ocean Treasures online store now available at shop.mauioceancenter.com!
Date: December 1-31
Time: 9am-5pm
Cost: None. Check in at the Front Gate for complimentary store-only entry; does not include viewing any aquarium exhibits.

Event: Christmas Day Lunch
Description: Celebrate Christmas Day with an ocean view table at the award-winning Seascape Ma‘alaea Restaurant on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25th, for lunch overlooking Ma‘alaea Bay. Enjoy holiday specials prepared by our talented culinary team or try one of the mouthwatering dishes from the daily menu. The restaurant is open daily from 11am-2:30pm. Admission is not required to dine in the restaurant. Reservations are optional; call (808) 270-7068.
Date: Wednesday, December 25
Time: 11am-2:30pm

Event: Sleep with the Sharks
Description: Children, ages 8-13, are invited to experience the Aquarium after dark! During the sleepover, participants will get to explore Hawaii’s fascinating underwater world at night with hands-on discovery lessons and 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.
Date: Friday, December 27
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: Harbor Plaza Whale Watching
Description: Here a spout, there a spout! Volunteers from the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary will be here to help visitors spot whales from the Aquarium’s Hammerhead Harbor Plaza.
Date: Mondays- December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Time: 9am-1pm