Big Island Sights

Mokupapapa Discovery Center

  • 76 Kamehameha Ave. Map It
  • Hilo
  • Information Center

Published 09/02/2015

Fodor's Review

This informative center teaches about the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, which encompasses about 140,000 square miles in the waters northwest of the main Hawaiian Islands and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Giant graphics, murals, and 3-D maps depict the monument's extensive coral reefs and the more than 7,000 marine species that live there, one in four of which are found only in the Hawaiian archipelago. Knowledgeable staff or volunteers are on hand to answer questions. Interactive programs, a new aquarium, and short films give insight into marine life and environmental impact. Housed in a refurbished historic building, the center is worth a stop just to get an up-close look at the center's huge stuffed albatross, with wings outstretched. (And the price is right.)

Sight Information


Old Koehnen's Bldg., 76 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo, Hawaii, 96720, United States

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Tues.–Sat. 9–4

Published 09/02/2015


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