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Welcome to the National Marine Sanctuaries web site. Here you'll discover the marine life and extraordinary habitats that make up your nation's marine sanctuaries and our continuing efforts to conserve these ocean and coastal treasures.
The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, which is jointly managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the State of Hawai`i, lies within the shallow warm waters surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands and constitutes one of the world's most important humpback whale habitats. Through education, research and resource protection activities, the sanctuary strives to protect humpback whales and their habitat in Hawai`i.
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  • Kihei Visitor Center
  • Blessing the RV Kohola
  • R/V Kohola in action
  • Kihei Learning Center
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Latest Sanctuary News & Features

arrow Spring 2015 Sanctuary Advisory Council Recruitment New
arrowVolunteers count whales in Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary during 20th Anniversary Ocean Count
arrowSanctuary Ocean Count 2015 preliminary results
arrowDecember 10, 2014 ~ Successful Humpback Whale Rescue
arrowRead the statement from Sanctuary Superintendent Malia Chow

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