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.
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Baldwin’s Waipuilani Estrella-Beauchamp earns a 5-0 win over Alizeah Villalpando of Moanalua at 127 pounds.
Administrative assistant Georgette Tyau has been selected as the new deputy director of the Department of Liquor Control. Tyau has worked for the department for 20 years. The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo
Kanoa Lanoza of Lahainaluna lifts Tyler Ibarra of Saint Louis in the boys 120-pound quarterfinals. Lanoza won 7-5 and is one of six Lunas to make the boys semifinals.
The Lunas’ Kawehi Gillcoat defeats Radford’s Christian Tavares 13-7 at 138.
Lahainaluna’s Sami Saribay defeats Aiea’s Kristen Bareng 6-4 at 107.
Baldwin High School’s Siera Vida takes on Damien’s Valerie Ramos in the quarterfinals at 184 pounds at the Texaco Wrestling State Championships on Wednesday at Blaisdell Arena. Vida pinned Ramos in 1 minute, 31 seconds. Jonelle Hayase photos
Peter Shenkin (from left), Logan Peitscher and Sam Dahlkvist are the new owners of Maui Powerhouse Gym in the Azeka Shopping Center in Kihei. The new owners are planning facility improvements and more fitness classes. The change of ownership became official Jan. 22.
Lokelani Intermediate School 8th-graders Lily Oldham, 13, (right) and Austin Ruppenthal, 14, hold a plaque that was presented to the school along with a $5,000 check Wednesday by the The Hawai‘i Community Foundation, on behalf of the Cooke Foundation. Lokelani was one of three Hawaii schools honored by the foundation this year. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo