Behind-the-Scenes VIP Tour of the Maui Ocean Center and Marine Institute
On a recent Saturday 25 members and friends of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset were guests for a behind-the-scenes VIP Tour of the Maui Ocean Center and Marine Institute.  The tour was conducted by General Manager Tapani Vouri who shared information about the operations of the aquarium.  After Tapani’s informational talk the group was then guided into The Sphere which brought us eye-to-eye with Maui’s humpback whales in their realm beneath the waves in this unique 3-D experience. The group was then escorted onto the grounds of the Marine Institute where we observed Dr. Tommy Cutt caring for an injured green sea turtle.  Many of our members were intrigued with the operations of the Marine Institute and how this aligns with the mission of our “Go for the Green” Rotary Club. To quote Mr. Vuori: “It is my wish that we will always be fierce advocates and stewards of our oceans and marine life…it it’s not us who makes these changes, then who will?”  Many of our tour group were interested in collaborating and supporting the work of the Marine Institute.  After the tour we enjoyed socializing at a no-host lunch at Seascape Restaurant located on the grounds of the Ocean Center.
 
PHOTO ID:  Tapani Vuori, General Manager of the Maui Ocean Center and Marine Institute shares information about the operations of the Institute in a behind-the-scenes VIP “Rotary on the Road” Vocational Tour.