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.