Visitor Centers

Learn about Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, our marine environment, and more when visiting Kīhei, Maui, or Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i. Check the calendar for weekly and monthly public programs.

HIHWNMS Visitor Center

Sanctuary Visitor Center – Kīhei, Maui

Located in Kīhei on the south shore of Maui, the visitor center is an ideal spot to learn about the marine environment and even see humpback whales breaching. This scenic beachfront location at the foot of Haleakalā has views of Kahoʻolawe, Lānaʻi, and West Maui looking across the waters of the sanctuary. The visitor center features exhibits, interactive displays, and weekly programs for the whole family.

726 South Kīhei Road
Kīhei, Maui, Hawaiʻi 96753
Phone: (808) 879-2818 or toll free (800) 831-4888
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Kaua'i ocean discovery center

Kaua‘i Ocean Discovery – Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i

Kauaʻi Ocean Discovery is an admission-free learning facility that shares the traditions and knowledge of our ocean connections and inspires stewardship. It is managed by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in partnership with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, the State of Hawaiʻi, and Kukui Grove Center. It features exhibits, displays, and a variety of family activities.

Kukui Grove Center
3-2600 Kaumualii Hwy, Suite 1618
Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i, Hawaiʻi 96766
Phone: (808) 246-2861
Summer Hours (June and July): Wednesday and Friday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Visitor centers are closed on all federal holidays.