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July 2012 calendar listings


Event:
Shark-tacular!
Description: Dive into the mysterious world of sharks with special daily presentations, children’s crafts, aquarium sleepovers, and an exciting tour package available exclusively in July. The month’s shark-tacular activities explore the vital role of sharks in the ocean ecosystem and help separate fact from fiction about these often misunderstood predators.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Dates: July 1-31, 2012
Cost: Most activities included with aquarium admission; excludes tours and lunch specials

Event: “I Love Marine Life!” Photo Contest
Description: Capture the beauty of Hawaii’s marine life in a photo for the chance to win an Annual Journey Pass to Maui Ocean Center and more. Contest is open to everyone; entries must contain a marine animal and be taken in or around Maui waters or at Maui Ocean Center. The last day to submit an entry is August 1, 2012. There will be 8 finalists and a winner selected by a panel of Aquarium judges, and a ‘People’s Choice’ winner selected by Aquarium guests. Finalists will receive a One Day Journey Pass and the two grand prize winners will receive an Annual Journey Pass. Visit www.mauioceancenter for contest details.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Dates: July 1-August 1
Cost: Free to enter

Event: Shark Tour Package
Description: Separate shark fact from fiction! Join an Ocean Naturalist guide, learn interesting facts about sharks, tour behind-the-scenes at the Aquarium and observe a supervised shark feed at the Hammerhead Harbor. The Shark Tour Package includes a choice of lunch, snack or dessert from the Reef Café. Reservations are highly recommended, the public may call (808)270-7088.
Dates: Tuesdays- July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Time: 11:30am
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Cost: $15 per person plus aquarium admission
Reservations: (808)270-7088

Event: Red, White and OCEAN Blue Day
Description: On July 4th the Aquarium puts an ocean-friendly spin on Independence Day with special presentations and giveaways. Throughout the day, Ocean Naturalists will highlight ocean, land and energy conservation and share helpful hints with guests on they can protect and promote healthy oceans. Children will receive patriotic red, white and blue silicone wristbands; giveaways will be offered at the Aquarium’s Front Gate while supplies last.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Time: 9am-6pm
Cost: Included with aquarium admission

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 at 11:30am on Fridays. Cost is $10 per person plus admission. Space is limited and advance reservations are recommended by calling (808) 270-7088.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Dates: Fridays- July 6, 13, 20, 27
Times: 11:30am
Cost: $10 plus admission
Reservations: Recommended; call (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 interesting animals. Invertebrates are animals without a backbone and include sea stars, sea cucumbers and urchins. You’ll even have the chance to touch and hold live sea creatures with the help of the wet naturalist! This activity is included with aquarium admission.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Dates: Thursdays, Sundays
Time: 11:30am-1:30pm
Cost: Included with aquarium admission

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
Dates: Fridays- July 6, 13, 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: 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, July 19
Time: 2pm
Cost: Included with aquarium admission

Event: Coral Spawning Spectacle
Description: Join us at the Coral Spawning Spectacle for the chance to witness live rice coral spawning. Discover the wonders of coral reproduction with tours on topics including “Coral 101” and “How to Protect Coral” beginning every 15 minutes from 7:45-9:00pm. Join a tour at any time, or enjoy the park at leisure and mingle with Maui Ocean Center’s aquarists and naturalists. Complimentary light pupu, coffee and desserts will be offered, along with a cash bar. Reservations are required by calling (808)270-7088. Kama‘aina and member discounts available, please inquire.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Date: Friday, July 20, 2012
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
Cost: $35 for adults, $30 for children 3-12 with discounts for kama‘aina and members with valid ID
Reservations: Required, call (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.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Date: Friday, July 27
Time: 11am-2pm
Cost: Included with aquarium admission

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 available from 11am-2pm on selected days in June. For more info, call (808) 270-7000 or visit www.mauioceancenter.com.
Place: Maui Ocean Center
Dates: July 4, 8, 15, 19, 24, 29
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- July 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 11am-2pm
Cost: Included with aquarium admission