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Maui Ocean Center opens Hawaiian Marine Life Hale at the Sheraton Maui

By Staff | Jan 28, 2016

KAANAPALI – The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa and Maui Ocean Center have partnered to create a Hawaiian Marine Life Hale at the resort, where individuals, families and children can learn about the array of marine life found along the Kaanapali coastline and on the island of Maui.

Footsteps from the resort are one of the world’s top-rated beaches and a vibrant reef by Pu’u Keka’a (Black Rock).

Pu’u Keka’a is home to many of Hawaii’s unique fish, invertebrate animals, honu (green sea turtles) and marine mammals.

The new Hawaiian Marine Life Hale is the first off-site location opened by Maui Ocean Center. A marine naturalist from Maui Ocean Center will be present daily from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to interact with guests, answer questions and share ocean stories and facts with visitors to the Sheraton.

“We are pleased to partner with Maui Ocean Center to give guests the opportunity to explore Maui’s underwater world without ever leaving the resort,” said Tetsuji Yamazaki, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s general manager.

“The new marine life hale will help educate guests on Hawaii’s marine ecosystems and raise awareness for the many animals that call Pu’u Keka’a home.”

The space is located close to the ocean along Sheraton Maui’s beach path and also features small live animals, like sea cucumbers, sea stars, hermit crabs and brine shrimp, allowing guests to see and learn about the variety of ocean creatures that can be found right out front of the resort.