Maui Ocean Center

On our first afternoon in Maui we headed around the island to the Maui Ocean center. It’s fascinating to me that you can go a few miles on an island and see completely different weather. We left the warm, sunny pool-perfect weather of Wailea and went to the windy, overcast Maalaea and the Ocean Center. Because of the way the island bends, we could see one from the other. Crazy.

At any rate, we had a great time at the ocean center. It was one of the best aquariums we have been to. Best of all, we finally got to see the reef trigger fish, or the humahumanukanukaapuaa.

You can’t see how windy it was, but it was.

We love a good aquarium!

The octopus kept trying to get out.

Sea turtles.

Touch tank. Sea cucumbers are super gross. I mean, really. Ick.

Jelly fish. Spooooky!

Shark tank show. Matthew loved it. He even raised his hand to ask a question (about the number of sting rays in the tank. There were 12, I think.)

There was a clear tube walk way next to the shark tank. The sting rays swam over to say hi.

David checked out the open tank outside with puffer fish.

We took a video of the huma huma fish. Matthew learned the name before we left for Hawaii and he asked every Hawaiian he could find if he or she had ever seen it. The reef trigger fish is swimming around the top of the tank.

WE LOVE HAWAII!

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August 29, 2012. family, trips.

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