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Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

  • 726 S. Kihei Rd. Map It
  • Kihei
  • Educational Institution
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 02/24/2014

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This nature center sits in prime humpback-viewing territory beside a restored ancient Hawaiian fishpond. Whether the whales are here or not, the education center is a great stop for youngsters curious to know more about underwater life, and anyone eager to gain insight into the cultural connection between Hawaii and its whale residents. Interactive displays and informative naturalists explain it all, including the sanctuary that acts as a breeding ground for humpbacks.

Throughout the year, the center hosts activities that include talks, labs, volunteer opportunities, and more. The sanctuary itself includes virtually all the waters surrounding the archipelago. Just outside the visitor center is the ancient Kalepolepo fishpond (also known as the Koieie fishpond), which is a popular place for locals to bring their keikis to wade in the water.

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726 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, Hawaii, 96753, United States

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808-879–2818; 800-831–4888

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Weekdays 10–3

Updated 02/24/2014


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