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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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Latest Sanctuary News & Features

arrowRead the statement from Sanctuary Superintendent Malia Chow New

arrowDecember 10, 2014 ~ Successful Humpback Whale Rescue New

arrow Sanctuary Advisory Council Seat Applications Now Being Accepted
arrow Ocean Awareness Training Debuts on Hawaiʻi Island
arrow Learn more about the sanctuary workshop held at HCC
arrow Download the Kihei Visitor Center Activity Book
arrow View the season end report of large whale entanglements
arrow Robyn Walters Recognized as National Volunteer of the Year
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