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Ocean Center Celebrates New Exhibit With Keiki Art Contest

January 21, 2020, 10:28 AM HST
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Humpbacks of Hawaiʻi Exhibit & Sphere. 

The Maui Ocean Center will be celebrating the first anniversary of its Humpbacks of Hawaiʻi Exhibit & Sphere.

Last year, the sphere saw over a 250,000 viewers.

MOC representatives say the exhibit “played a central role in hosting school field trips and educational programs.”

To celebrate this milestone, the aquarium will host an art contest for Maui Nui’s schools with a chance to win funds for new classroom supplies.

The Art of Sphere Contest kicks off on Friday and is open to all Maui Nui schools grades K-12.


Participating classes are asked to create a replica of Maui Ocean Center’s new Sphere and decorate it with their interpretation of the contest theme, “Mālama I Ke Kai” (take care of the ocean). With a focus on sustainability, students are tasked with using as many eco-friendly materials as possible in constructing their art pieces.


The Maui Ocean Center will select three winning classes with prizes ranging from $250 to $1,000 to be used for school supplies. Each winning class will also receive a complimentary AquariumPLUS admission ticket to the Maui Ocean Center for its students and teacher.

Registration is open and will close on Friday, Jan. 24, at 12 p.m.

Winners will be announced on Monday, Feb. 10 at 12 p.m. via social media.


Submitted artwork will be on display at Maui Ocean Center until Feb. 26.

For more information, call (808) 270-7059 or email [email protected].

Click here for contest rules and a registration form.

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