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  The Hawaiian archipelago has a long history of continuous and intensive maritime activity, and thus possesses many historic shipwrecks and other types of submerged archaeological sites.  These kinds of resources are special windows into past human behavior. 

Within the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary there are many sites of stone fish ponds and traces of fishing tools and artifacts associated with coastal settlements.  There are also at least 146 known losses of ships and aircraft, dating back to 1824. History is captured by these heritage resources beneath the waves. Learn more by clicking on the links below.


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The sanctuary protects humpback whales and their habitat, but find out what else lies within the sanctuary boundaries.

Explore the nation's maritime heritage resources with NOAA's Maritime Heritage Program.

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