Aquarium breaks ground for new facility

First photo: Kahu Dane Maxwell recalled helping his grandfather, Charlie Maxwell, preside over blessings 20 years ago when the Maui Ocean Center was just getting started while presiding over his own blessing for the popular Maalaea aquarium on Wednesday. The ocean center broke ground for its dome theater and whale exhibit project Wednesday at the facility’s Nalu Lawn. The spherical, 139-seat theater will feature 360-degree, 3-D laser projected images of everything from whales and plankton to the stars of the night sky.

Second photo: Participants gather with Kahu Dane Maxwell during the blessing at the ground breaking for the Maui Ocean Center’s new facility.

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

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