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The King Kamehameha Golf Club
Attraction type: Golf Courses
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Maui Ocean Center
Maui Ocean Center
Owner description: Maui Ocean Center, Top-Rated Attraction in Hawai'i*, provides an up close view of Hawaiian Marine Life without getting wet! Maui Ocean Center, the Hawaiian Aquarium, is a great... more Owner description: Maui Ocean Center, Top-Rated Attraction in Hawai'i*, provides an up close view of Hawaiian Marine Life without getting wet! Maui Ocean Center, the Hawaiian Aquarium, is a great activity during any vacation to Maui, whether a family vacation, a romantic honeymoon, a relaxing retreat or an adventurous tour. Maui Ocean Center complements many of Maui's most popular activities, including snorkel trips and whale watches. About Maui Ocean Center Coral World International opened Maui Ocean Center, the largest tropical aquarium in the western hemisphere, in 1998. Since then, Maui Ocean Center has drawn thousands of visitors of all ages from around the globe to discover Hawaii's undersea world in a captivating and educational setting. Aptly termed "The Hawaiian Aquarium", this 3-acre marine park faithfully replicates the natural ocean ecosystem, where visitors encounter only animals that occur in Hawaii; many of which are found nowhere else in the world! Featuring the largest collection of live corals in the nation, and over 60 exhibits, including interpretive displays, outdoor touch pools and a 750,000-gallon Open Ocean exhibit with 240-degree view acrylic tunnel, the marine park is designed to help visitors develop an understanding and appreciation of Hawaii's marine environment. Our Mission With the mission to foster an understanding, wonder and respect for Hawaii's marine life, all animals at Maui Ocean Center are meticulously collected and cared for by an expert team of marine biologists, divers and aquarists. Collection is conducted under strict permits with the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources and under the guidance of Hawaiian cultural adviser, Kahu (caretaker) Dane Maxwell. Maui Ocean Center is respectfully in compliance with a County of Maui ordinance prohibiting the exhibit of cetaceans (whales and dolphins). Discover these fascinating mammals, along with monk seals through interpretive displays in the Marine Mammal Discovery Center. Hawaiian Cultural Heritage Dedicated to perpetuating and sharing the island's host culture, Maui Ocean Center maintains a close relationship with Hawaiian practitioners in the community. With the guidance of Kahu Dane Maxwell, the Aquarium integrates Hawaiian culture in presentations, exhibits, special events, and also in the marine park's standard of operations and service. Kahu Dane Maxwell presides over blessings of important functions and facilities, as well as blessings of marine animals such as the honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle) or mano (shark). The "Hawaiians and the Sea" exhibit remains one of the highlights of the facility. Various cultural advisers and members of the community have contributed to the exhibit so that visitors may better understand the intimate relationship between the Hawaiian people and the sea. The collective result is a unique learning experience and a delightful immersion into Hawaii's rich cultural history. Coral World International Coral World International (link to Coral World Int'l page) was founded in the mid 1970's by entrepreneur and ocean enthusiast Benjamin Kahn and world renowned reef biologist David Fridman. Coral World's tropical displays are recognized as the most beautiful in the world. The company specializes in creating ecologically friendly tropical life systems in symbiotic environments. These systems are planned with an eye to accuracy and detail, and are carefully designed to ensure the perfect combination of fascination, aesthetics, conservation and education. The Coral World International group currently owns three other aquariums around the world: The Underwater Observatory - Eilat, Israel Palma Aquarium - Palma de Mallorca, Spain AQWA - Perth, Australia. In 2008, Benjamin Kahn, President of Coral World International was awarded the "Hero of the Environment" in recognition of his environmental efforts by Time Magazine. less
Attraction type: Aquariums
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Iao Valley State Monument
Iao Valley State Monument
Attraction type: State Parks; Monuments/ Statues
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Kahili Golf Course
Kahili Golf Course
Attraction type: Golf Courses
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Iao Theater
Attraction type: Theaters
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Saltimbocca
Saltimbocca
Ranked #1 of 76 Restaurants in Wailuku
Price: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night
Julia's Banana Bread
Julia's Banana Bread
Ranked #2 of 76 Restaurants in Wailuku
Cuisines: American, Hawaiian
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Lorraine's Shave Ice
Ranked #3 of 76 Restaurants in Wailuku
Cuisines: Dessert
Porto
Porto
Ranked #4 of 76 Restaurants in Wailuku
Price: $3 - $19
Cuisines: Pizza
Ma'alaea General Store & Cafe
Ma'alaea General Store & Cafe
Ranked #5 of 76 Restaurants in Wailuku
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Northshore Hostel Maui
Northshore Hostel Maui
$45 - $74
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Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel
Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel
$49 - $93
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Hostel City Maui 2
1.5 of 5
Hostel City Maui 2
$57 - $82
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Wailuku Guesthouse
2.5 of 5
Wailuku Guesthouse
$114 - $218
Ranked #2 of 3 Wailuku B&B and Inns
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Happy Valley Hale Hostel
$92 - $121
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Maui Coast Hotel
3.5 of 5
Maui Coast Hotel
$196 - $420
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Kihei
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Nearby recommended accommodations:

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
5.0 of 5
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
$535 - $1,378
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Wailea
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Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
5.0 of 5
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
$535 - $1,378
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Wailea
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The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
5.0 of 5
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
$388 - $1,169
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Kapalua
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.