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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 was created by Congress in 1992 to protect humpback whales and their habitat in Hawaiʻi. It is administered by the Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS). The sanctuary is located from the shoreline to the 100-fathom isobath (600 ft. depth) in the four island area of Maui; Penguin Bank; and off the north shore of Kauaʻi, the north and south shores of Oʻahu, and the north Kona and Kohala coast of Hawaiʻi Island. Discover 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 sanctuary is jointly managed via a cooperative federal-state partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the State of Hawaiʻi through the Department of Land and Natural Resources.



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  • Skyview of the Hawaiian Islands
  • Sanctuary boundaries
  • Kihei Visitor Center
  • Volunteers count whales on Kaua'i
  • Hands-on learning with school groups
  • Ed Lyman uses telementry to locate a humpback whale
  • Blessing the sanctuary response boat R/V Kohola
  • Windsurfers recreate in the sanctaury
  • NOAA's Daniel K Inouye Regional Center
  • The R/V Kohola on the water near Honolulu
  • Maritime Heritage research in the sanctuary
  • Unique seascapes in Hawaiʻi
  • A Hawaiian green sea turtle
  • Slate pencil urchin
  • Hawaiian Monk Seal
  • Humpback Whales
  • Hawaiian cultural practices take place in the sanctuary
  • Volunteers take part in the Sanctuary Ocean Count project
  • Sanctuary engages with members of the community
  • The Sanctuary Advisory Council are members of our communities
  • Honoring our dedicated and hard working volunteers
  • Engaging communities throughout Hawaiʻi- including the Worldwide Voyage
  • Mahalo Nui Loa
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