Hawaiʻi Wildlife Discovery Center

The Hawaiʻi Wildlife Discovery Center is a nonprofit, multi-media venue featuring a dynamic blend of art and science celebrating Hawaiʻi’s marine life and showcasing the work of Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund. We have filled 5,000 sq ft. with over 30 stunning exhibits about Hawaiʻi’s undersea life, whaling era, cultural values, and conservation. Our many exhibits include an Immersion Room with a floor to ceiling film spanning 3 walls, a Kid’s Zone art & play area, marine debris art & exhibits, and 45 locally produced videos on an interactive kiosk. There is something here for everyone! More…

Visit us on the 3rd floor of Whalers Village in Lahaina, Maui, and discover what everyone is talking about!

“An incredible experience. Very well done. It will soon be one of the most popular wildlife learning centers on Maui.”
“So much fun for the little ones. Love the film and art center. Very informative.”
“Mahalo for this amazing place that shares ALOHA and knowledge.”
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Visit Hawaiʻi Wildlife Discovery Center!
Open every day 10:00am – 8:00pm

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Your visit will take about 60 – 90 minutes.
Suggested final entry is one hour (7:00pm) before closing.

*PLEASE NOTE, THERE ARE NO LIVE ANIMALS AT HWDC!

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We have long needed a place that helps our visitors to better understand how to respect native wildlife, while simultaneously gaining a deeper appreciation for the islands. We depend on partnerships like the one we’re sharing with Whalers Village and the Whale Sanctuary to succeed in our conservation efforts,
and I couldn’t be more excited about this wonderful place we’ve created.

Hannah Bernard, Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund Executive Director
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Visit Hawaiʻi Wildlife Discovery Center!
Open every day 10:00am – 8:00pm

BUY YOUR TICKETS
BUY A GIFT CARD

Your visit will take about 60 – 90 minutes.
Suggested final entry is one hour (7:00pm) before closing.

*PLEASE NOTE, THERE ARE NO LIVE ANIMALS AT HWDC!

Blessing Ceremony at Hawaiʻi Wildlife Discovery Center with Kumu Kaponoʻai Molitau.

 We are honored to host this one-of-a-kind tenant bringing more than just retail offerings to our shoppers. Our customers, many of whom are visitors to the island, are looking for the complete Hawaiian experience.
The Wildlife Discovery Center provides just that, and we look forward to them enjoying it!

Melissa Aguilar, Whalers Village General Manager

 Twenty-five years ago, there was a Whale Center of the Pacific in this very location, making this partnership a long time coming. The Discovery Center’s goals and approaches are well-aligned with the Sanctuary’s mission.
We are thrilled to be working together with Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund & Whalers Village.

Allen Tom, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Regional Manager

More about us…

The Hawaiʻi Wildlife Discovery Center is a nonprofit, multi-media venue featuring a dynamic blend of art and science celebrating Hawaiʻi’s marine life and showcasing the work of Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund.  It is a completely renovated 5,000 sq ft. space with 30-plus exhibits about Hawaiʻi’s undersea life, whaling era, cultural values, and conservation, including the Will Naylor Smith Discovery Experience, one of the highlights of the Discovery Center. This immersive film is six-minutes screened floor to ceiling on 3 walls with only the sounds from ocean wildlife and waves rushing to shore.

In addition to an interactive Kidʻs Zone where kids of all ages can make art with marine debris, there is another video room featuring an 82-inch screen using an interactive kiosk. Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minn., known for its success with experiential learning and innovative, hands-on technology, curated the multimedia stories. There are 45 locally produced, Maui-focused videos with topics ranging from “Voice of the Sea” to “Kumukahi: Stories of Living Hawaiian Culture” and “What Does it Take to Disentangle a Whale?”. There is another exhibit hall focused on marine debris art made from plastics recovered from the famous “Plastic Island” of the North Pacific, including a musical, stop-action video, murals, paintings and stunning photographs.

HWDC was created in partnership with Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, and Whalers Village.

Visit us on the 3rd floor of Whalers Village in Lahaina, Maui, and discover what everyone is talking about!

“This is a fantastic immersive experience. Take an hour to explore the huge space;
it’s loaded with educational exhibits and art. Proceeds support the Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund.”

“The stars aligned and I happened to be at Whalers Village on opening day of the Hawaiʻi Wildlife Discovery Center! It was absolute TREAT! Anthony showed us around the entire museum and he was such a joy to talk to. The projector room is so special, it makes you feel like you are diving in the ocean! I learned so much about Hawaiʻi’s flora and fauna and beautiful culture. This museum is a dream and everyone should visit! It will teach you things that will make you appreciate the beautiful Hawaiian islands even more than before and will inspire you to help protect it!”

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