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Museum of the Sea: Submerged Shipwrecks, Sunken Aircraft, and Maui’s WWII history

April 20, 2017 - April 21, 2017


Join us for our upcoming Sea Talk presented by Dr. Hans Van Tilburg. He has taught university courses in world and maritime history, edited readers and proceedings, and authored reports, chapters, articles and book reviews, as well as several books. He is currently the maritime heritage coordinator for the Maritime Heritage Program in the Pacific Islands region, and the unit diving supervisor for NOAA’s National Ocean Service in Hawai`i.

The beaches of Maui’s southern coastline, from Mā`alaea Harbor to `Āhihi Bay, saw intensive training activity during World War II. Much of this activity centered on amphibious operations. That legacy exists today in submerged vessel and aircraft wrecks, historic properties as well as recreational diving sites and habitat for marine species. NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, together with the University of Hawaii’s Marine Option Program, has conducted field surveys of several AMTRACKS (amphibious tracked vehicles) and aircraft lost during that training. These are only some of Maui’s many underwater properties; other sites have yet to be found. The inventory for the Hawaiian Islands reveals over 100 possible wrecks around Maui alone. Interested in history underwater? Come find out what remains to be discovered!

Sea Talks are held in the Open Ocean Exhibit. Admission is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended, please call (808) 270-7075.

Photo: Maui Ocean Center


April 20, 2017
April 21, 2017
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Maui Ocean Center
192 Ma'alaea Rd
Wailuku, HI 96793
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(808) 270-7000
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