Named “Top 10 Aquariums in the World” by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice, Maui Ocean Center, The Aquarium of Hawaii is home to one of the world’s largest displays of live coral. Explore exhibits flourishing with sharks, turtles, stingrays, and marine life found nowhere else in the world. A mix of indoor-outdoor displays, behind-the-scenes tours, and interactive presentations with knowledgeable marine naturalists allow guests to encounter more of Hawaii’s marine life than a lifetime of exploration. 


MOC has taken significant steps towards creating a sustainable and holistic operation, and it definitely shows. Company has integrated a number of sustainable principles into daily operations (e.g. no single-use water bottles sold [have a bottle filling station], no sunscreen sold [encourage use of hats, long-sleeves, etc.], on-site restaurant [Seascape] is certified as an Ocean Friendly Restaurant for its commitment to reducing single-use plastics. Numerous steps to address energy, water usage, carbon emissions, etc. have also been implemented.

Interpretation during Behind-the-Scenes tour was top notch. Enjoyed presentations by the lead naturalist and also the aquarist – obvious expertise by MOC. The use of headsets is a really great and novel addition to address issues with wind. Tour highlighted how MOC fully integrates ocean science, conservation and education. Conservation messaging was present and woven throughout tour.

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Good job integrating cultural history and information within the center, and also having resident cultural advisors on hand.

Community partnership and support for local community groups is evident. Numerous opportunities for community, keiki, school groups, interns, etc. to benefit from MOC’s facilities and generosity.

Ocean Currents blog is an excellent resource and STAH encourages MOC to keep this going! Posts even include information about ocean issues (e.g. coral bleaching, marine debris, etc.). Continue!