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The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary was created by Congress in 1992 to protect humpback whales and their habitat in Hawai`i. The sanctuary, which lies within the shallow (less than 600 feet), warm waters surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands, constitutes one of the world's most important humpback whale habitats.

Through education, outreach, research and resource protection activities, the sanctuary strives to protect humpback whales and their habitat in Hawai`i.

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The Sanctuary Education and Learning Center is located in Kihei, Maui. Other offices are located around the state.

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Kihei Campus Plan
Learn about the Kihei Campus and what is being planned for the sanctuary facilities in Kihei, Maui.

Sanctuary FAQs
Why was the sanctuary established? What are the regulations within the sanctuary? Find answers here to some of these frequently asked questions.

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Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
Discover the other marine protected areas that are part of the National Marine Sanctuary System.


Pacific Islands Region
The sanctuary is part of the Pacific Islands Region. Learn more about the other sites and efforts occuring in the Pacific Islands.

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