Have Aloha Will Travel EP85: Protecting Our Oceans with Maui Ocean Center

In honor of World Oceans Day on June 8, we welcome Maui Ocean Center General Manager Tapani Vuori. He shares expert advice on how to help the ocean and its wonderful marine life.
World Oceans Day at Maui Ocean Center
In this edition of the Have Aloha Will Travel program, we are pleased to welcome the General Manager of the Maui Ocean Center. Photo: courtesy of the Maui Ocean Center.

On World Oceans Day June 8, the Have Aloha Will Travel podcast is delighted to meet Tapani Vuori, General Manager of the Maui Ocean Center. Located in Maalaea, the eco-friendly aquarium cares for one of the world’s largest collections of living Pacific corals. Its exhibits and educational programs engage residents and visitors to awaken their interest in the surrounding oceans and their importance in Hawaiian culture.

Mock Coral Lab

The Maui Ocean Center cares for rare endemic coral populations.
Photo: courtesy of the Maui Ocean Center.

Tapani has been a permanent employee of the Maui Ocean Center since the early 2000s and has led numerous projects to improve the health of Hawaii’s fragile coral reefs and protect important marine species. In this issue, Tapani provides essential advice for travelers to Hawaii, including what type of sunscreen to use and how to be mindful at the beach.

Maui Ocean Center Tapani Vuori

Since the early 2000s, Tapani Vuori has been working with the Maui Ocean Center overseeing various projects to improve Maui’s coral reefs and marine life.
Photo: courtesy of the Maui Ocean Center.

Even if you’re not planning a trip to Hawaii anytime soon, Tapani has some fascinating ocean facts to share. Did you know that coral is actually an animal? And its significance in Hawaiian culture goes back to ancient Hawaiian creation stories. But unfortunately, the active chemicals in sunscreens make corals more susceptible to coral bleaching due to rising ocean temperatures. Listen to this episode of the Have Aloha Will Travel podcast for some simple tips on how you can help preserve our priceless coral reefs and marine life.

For more information about the Maui Ocean Center, visit and @mauioceancenter.

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