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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.

Latest Sanctuary News & Features

arrow Now Accepting Applications for our Sanctuary Advisory Council
arrow Whale spotted near Niʻihau marks an early start of the whale season in Hawaiʻi
arrow HIHW National Marine Sanctuary marks 13 years of whale rescue

Follow the Sanctuary's Management Plan Review

  • 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 Hawai'i
  • 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 Hawai'i- including the Worldwide Voyage
  • Mahalo Nui Loa
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Visit our Visitor Center in Kihei, Maui
Watch whales in the sanctuary
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