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New theater at Maui Ocean Center

Inside the new Makai Theater -- Photo courtesy of the Maui Ocean Center

Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea has officially opened the 500-square-foot Makai Theater, the newest addition to the Aquarium’s in-park attractions.

The theater offers three showtimes daily with a seating capacity of 30 guests. It features a high definition projector with surround sound and creates a new, dynamic viewing experience for guests that raises awareness about local and global ocean topics.

“It feels great to finally pull back the curtains and unveil the Makai Theater,” said Colleen Foster, director of eduction at the center. “The theater not only teaches guests about Hawaii’s marine life, it also enable them to go beyond the Aquarium to learn about topics that affect the wider ocean environment.”

The theater will feature a daily rotating schedule of 15 to 30 minute short films and a single 45 minute feature film. Currently showing is “In the Wake of Giants” which showcases Hawaii’s heroic whale entanglement response team lead by Ed Lyman, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s large whale entanglement response coordinator.

Future films will include “Fragile Legacy,” “Sonic Seas,” “Sharks of the Coral Canyon,” “Our Deepest Waters: Exploring Marine National Monuments,” and more.

Showtimes are at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the front entrance to the aquarium. For more information, call 270-7000 or visit www.mauioceancenter.com.