Hawaii Maui Ocean Center celebrates 12th anniversary By Shane Nelson / March 15, 2010 Share 1 -- Throughout March, the Maui Ocean Center is inviting visitors to take part in its daily Hawaiians and the Sea activities. The month-long event is part of the aquarium's 12th anniversary celebration and offers patrons a chance to explore the Hawaiian culture through a busy schedule of naturalist presentations, traditional performances and cultural demonstrations by local Hawaiian practitioners, dancers and storytellers along with a range of arts and crafts vendors and daily dining specials featuring Hawaiian-inspired cuisine. "All these activities are geared toward showing visitors just what a special connection Hawaiians shared with the sea," said Kelsey Daimon, marketing and public relations coordinator for the Maui Ocean Center. "We want people to not only learn about how Hawaiians lived off of the ocean but also just how much they truly respected the animals that lived in it." Welcoming more than 400,000 visitors each year, the Maui Ocean Center is home to a host of stunning exhibits, including a 750,000-gallon open ocean facility. Green sea turtles, stingrays, six species of shark, vibrant tropical fish, invertebrates -- the aquarium has them all and is chock full of scientific, cultural and historic information regularly presented in a hands-on format excellent for children. Not only a great place to learn about the islands' sea-dwelling inhabitants, the center has been committed to broadening Hawaiian cultural awareness since day one and is a first-rate place to learn more about what Maui was like centuries ago. Hawaiians and the Sea activities are free with the price of admission: $25.50 for adults; $18.50 for children ages 3 to 12. Visit www.mauioceancenter.com.