Learn about the role of the Maui Ocean Center as a public aquarium during the free Zoom presentation

Tapani Vuori, general manager of the Maui Ocean Center and founder and president of the Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute, will be the guest of the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council’s monthly speaker series. Courtesy photo: MOC

In January, the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council’s monthly Know Your Ocean Speaker Series will feature Tapani Vuori, General Manager of the Maui Ocean Center and Founder and President of the Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute in Ma’alaea.

Tapani will discuss “Redefining the Definition of a Public Aquarium and What It Means for Our Local Community” in a free zoom presentation on Wednesday January 12th at 5:30 pm

His talk will explore the history of the Maui Ocean Center, its operational details and its transformation path in recent years, driven by the vision and mission of the Maui Ocean Center.

Reservations are required. To reserve, visit https://bit.ly/OceanCenterWebinar.

“I will be discussing topics like the aquarium and zoo industries in general, plastic litter in the ocean, shark fins, climate change, tourism and environmental threats to coastal marine ecosystems,” Vuori said. “I’m going to tell the audience what the Maui Ocean Center is doing on all of these topics – and why our aquarium and others around the world need to take action against the problems affecting our planet’s oceans.”

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Vuori lets the world-famous scientist and marine conservationist Dr. Inspire Sylvia Earle, who said, “The oceans deserve our respect and care, but you have to know something before you can care.”

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Earle’s powerful message is the driving force behind the energy he brings to the Maui Ocean Center every day and his goal to educate people and make them care for the creatures beneath the ocean’s surface.

Vuori grew up in Finland, where he forged a strong bond with nature and the sea – a bond he has had all his life. As a small child he got his diving license and as a boy experienced the miracle of diving under an ice-covered surface in winter. As a young adult, Vuori moved to the United States to attend college, started at Brigham Young University in Utah, and graduated from UCLA in 1987.

When Vuori accepted the position as general manager of the Maui Ocean Center, he had a request – create a local nonprofit organization to support conservation efforts. Through his efforts and visions, Vuori became the founder and president of the Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute, which serves to restore Hawaii’s coral reefs and rehabilitate injured Hawaiian green sea turtles.

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Today, Vuori works from all sides to protect marine life and is heavily involved in the island community of Maui. In addition to his contribution to the Marine Institute, Vuori is an active board member of the Māʻalaea Triangle Association, vice president of the Māʻalaea Village Community Association, and president of the Maui County Civil Rights Advisory Board.

Vuori is also working to establish a regional wastewater treatment center for Māʻalaea Bay to replace the nutrient leaching wells that have resulted in widespread loss of coral reefs and limu (edible plants) in the bay.

“My hope is that this talk will inspire our audience to become more active in their community, wherever they are,” he said.

The Maui Nui Marine Resource Council’s monthly Know Your Ocean Speaker Series events are sponsored by the Maui District Economic Development Office.

To learn more about the Maui Ocean Center, visit www.mauioceancenter.com.

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