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  National marine sanctuaries may be best known for protecting natural resources, but they also protect many cultural and maritime resources as well. Ocean stewardship is deeply embedded in the Native Hawaiian culture.  The sanctuary recognizes the importance of Native Hawaiian cultural traditions and its relationship to the long-term health of Hawaii’s oceans and works to enhance awareness of Native Hawaiian values for the protection of the koholā (whale) and Hawaii’s marine environment. 

Find out more about cultural history

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Kōʻieʻie Loko Iʻa fronts the sanctuary property on Maui. Find out more about the effort to restore this fishpond.

Discover what maritime resources lie within the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

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