Best of Maui Attractions


Maui Ocean Center

Discover an Underwater Paradise at Maui Ocean Center, The Hawaiian Aquarium. The largest tropical aquarium in the Western Hemisphere and voted Hawaii’s Top Attraction by Zagat Survey US Family Travel Guide. This state-of-the-art marine park highlights the beauty and wonder of Hawaii’s underwater world where over 60 exhibits and interactive activities will delight children and adults alike. See the nation’s largest collection of living coral while you discover colorful reef fish and mysterious reef dwelling sea creatures. Be entertained by playful green sea turtles and be fascinated with hands-on interaction at the Tide Pool. Learn about monk seals, dolphins, and whales found in Hawaiian waters in the Marine Mammal Discovery Center through interactive displays, videos and games. Become mesmerized by the mystical Sea Jelly Cylinder. Stroll through the 54-foot long acrylic tunnel inside the 750,000-gallon Open Ocean Exhibit and come eye to eye with several species of reef sharks, stingrays, and thousands of tropical reef fish. Centrally located in Ma‘alaea Harbor, Maui Ocean Center is about 20 minutes from Maui’s major resort areas. Audio guide rentals and complimentary strollers are available. Open daily, 9-5, July and August until 6pm. Call (808) 270-7000.


Maui Tropical Plantation
Visitors can discover Hawaii's rich agricultural history at this 60-acre working plantation in Waikapu. The plantation features 14 of Hawaii's most important fruit and flower crops, such as coconuts, papaya, macadamia nuts, coffee, mango and guava. Visit the Maui Tropical Plantation if you want to learn about Hawaii farming and sample some fresh-picked tasty treats. There are plenty of activities here to keep you and your family busy. Take the fully-narrated tropical express tram tour, a 40-minute tour that takes visitors through the plantation grounds and features a coconut husking demonstration.


Ocean Vodka
Maui Made and Delicious“OCEAN Organic Vodka is a family effort and a true labor of love. Three generations of our family, The Smiths, have grown up on the beautiful island of Maui, where the Pacific Ocean is our playground and sanctuary. Our family embodies a deep love and respect for the ocean and the natural beauty of our home. This appreciation and the drive to be more eco-conscious, to strive for sustainability, ultimately led to the creation of OCEAN Organic Vodka in 2005.


Tom Barefoot's Tours
Maui's best activities with Maui's best prices We've been providing tours, activities and adventures for Hawaii's visitors since 1975. Our website is the most comprehensive Hawaiian tour and activity website you will find anywhere. Search among Hawaii's best selection of over 1000 tours and activities.


Ulalena
Ulalena is a wind unique to Maui, as said in the Kumulipo, an ancient Hawaiian creation chant, as well as a red-yellow colored rain revealed by the twilight. Like a soft wind in the mist of light. 'Ulalena invites each spectator to a place of wonder. "It is often said that life is a journey, an individual voyage which does not necessarily involve change of place. One is changed by events and the passage of time." (Eugenio Barba, The Paper Canoe, A Guide to Theatre Anthropology.) 'Ulalena explores relationships between people, nature and mythology. The use of metaphors integrates Hawaiian chants and dances, original music and choreography, lighting and projections to support the talents of unique performers. 'Ulalena is a journey where the moment to moment excitement of self-discovery is the destination.



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August 2019

ENDANGERING SPECIES
by Jeff Stark


Threatened brown bears Once again President Trump has shown us all that his lack of care for the state of the environment is secondary only to his lack of ability to manage the state of the economy. His latest outrage came in the form of announcing a new set of regulations that reduce the protections that the Endangered Species Act (ESA) has provided to wildlife and habitats of animal, fish, and plant life forms by reducing the efforts of the federal government to protect species that are in danger of disappearing forever.

The ESA was signed in 1973. Its basic mission requires the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Marine Fisheries Service, to identify and protect species facing the risk of extinction. When a species is identified it is listed as endangered or threatened. It is then protected from hunting, harvesting or threatening the species by damaging its habitat. The government is then also required ... More







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