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Turtle Mania
Turtle Mania continues its takeover of Maui Ocean Center in September

Dive into the majestic world of green sea turtles during Turtle Mania at Maui Ocean Center in September.  Turtle Mania explores one of the world’s most popular sea creatures with exciting presentations, an exclusive tour package upgrade, Hangin’ with Honu, and Turtle-rrific Thursday.  The Aquarium will also celebrate Grandparent’s Day with a delicious lunch special in Seascape Ma‘alaea Restaurant.  Offered in addition to the month’s turtle-related activities are Maui Ocean Center’s ongoing programs including daily naturalist presentations, children’s crafts, behind-the-scenes tour upgrade, and interactive encounters with marine animals.

More information on events and activities happening at Maui Ocean Center in September is available through the Aquarium’s special events hotline at (808) 270-7000 option 3 or at www.mauioceancenter.com.  Like the Aquarium on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates.

Sea Turtle Tour Package Upgrade
Tuesdays- September 3, 10, 17, 24

Guests who seek the ultimate Aquarium experience can upgrade to the Sea Turtle Tour Package on Tuesdays at 11:30am for $15 plus admission.  Offered exclusively during Turtle Mania in September, this behind-the-scenes tour includes a choice of lunch, snack or dessert option from the Reef Café.

Due to limited availability, tour fees applicable to parents and guardians accompanying children on the tour.  Fee does not include Aquarium admission and reservations are highly recommended; call 808-270-7088.

Fins & Flippers Tour Upgrade
Fridays- September 6, 13, 20, 27

Fascinating facts about sharks and sea turtles are revealed on the interactive Fins & Flippers tour.  This exclusive tour is led by a knowledgeable Ocean Naturalist guide and includes a sneak peek behind-the-scenes at the Aquarium and the chance to witness a supervised shark and turtle feed at Hammerhead Harbor and Turtle Lagoon. The tour is appropriate for all ages.

Due to limited availability, fees are applicable to parents and guardians accompanying children on the tour. Cost is $10.00 per person plus aquarium admission.  Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling (808) 270-7088.

Keiki Poetry & Joke Contest
Through October 31, 2013

Do Hawaii’s bountiful ocean and marine life inspire you?  Tell us about it with a joke or poem for the chance to win a year membership to the Hawaiian Aquarium!  Maui Ocean Center’s second annual Poetry & Joke Contest, for students in grades K-12, will be held through October 31, 2013.  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 the week of November 4, 2013 and displayed on Maui Ocean Center’s website and at the Aquarium.  Prizes include one-day and year Journey Passes to Maui Ocean Center.  Visit www.mauioceancenter.com for details on how to enter.

Hangin’ with Honu
Wednesday, September 4

Green sea turtles are called ‘honu’ in Hawaiian.  Guests can enjoy the opportunity to hang out with a Hawaiian green sea turtle during casual talks with a special guest speaker at Turtle Lagoon from 11am to 2pm.  The story behind the turtles at Maui Ocean Center along with interesting green sea turtle facts will be discussed.  This activity is complimentary with Aquarium admission and appropriate for all ages.

Grandparent’s Day at Seascape Ma‘alaea Restaurant
11am-2:30pm; Sunday, September 8

The award-winning Seascape Ma‘alaea Restaurant will offer a delectable lunch special in honor of Grandparent’s Day.  Treat Grandma and Grandpa to a delightful lunch in the Aquarium’s ocean view restaurant overlooking picturesque Ma‘alaea Bay.  Choose from deliciously prepared specials or scrumptious favorites from the menu.  Aquarium admission is not required to dine in the restaurant and reservations are recommended by calling 808-270-7068.  Seascape Ma‘alaea Restaurant is open daily from 11am-2:30pm.

Children’s Story Time & Craft Hour
Saturdays- September 7, 14, 21, 28

The Aquarium will offer a weekly story time and craft hour for children ages 3 through 12.  This activity takes place in the Hawaiians & the Sea Exhibit at 11:30am on Saturday mornings.  Children will enjoy an intriguing story told by an Ocean Naturalist followed with a fun, marine-themed craft to make and take home.

Talk Story and Hula Lesson with Kahu Dane Maxwell and ‘Ohana
Mondays-September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

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.  Every Monday 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.

Monk Seal Foundation Booth
Sundays- September 15 and 29

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.  This activity is complimentary with Aquarium admission and appropriate for all ages.

Turtle-rrific Thursday
Thursdays, September 19

Guests can learn about Hawaii’s beloved green sea turtles in an up close and personal setting during Turtle-rrific Thursday at 2pm.  This interactive program is hosted by Maui Ocean Center’s curatorial team at Turtle Lagoon. Guests will learn about the biology, behavior and diet of green sea turtles from the team that cares for the animals on a daily basis.  This activity is complimentary with Aquarium admission and appropriate for all ages.

Themission of Maui Ocean Center is to foster understanding, wonder and respect for Hawaii’s marine life. This state-of-the-art aquarium was named “Top-Rated Attraction in Hawaii” by Zagat Survey US Family Travel Guide, “Leader In Responsible Tourism” on the Top 100 Blue List by Islands Magazine, and “Best Environmental Attraction” by the readers of The Maui News. Open daily from 9 to 5, and from 9 to 6 in July and August. For more information please contact the Maui Ocean Center: 192 Ma‘alaea Road; Ma‘alaea, HI 96793; telephone (808)270-7000, facsimile (808)270-7070, e-mail info@mauioceancenter.com or visit www.mauioceancenter.com.

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