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Mokupapapa Discovery Center

  • 76 Kamehameha Ave. Map It
  • Hilo
  • Zoo/Aquarium

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

This is a great place to learn about the stunning Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, which encompasses nearly 140,000 square miles in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and is the only mixed UNESCO World Heritage site in the United States. Giant murals, 3-D maps, and hands-on interactive kiosks depict the monument's extensive wildlife, including millions of birds and more than 7,000 marine species, many of which are found only in the Hawaiian archipelago. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers are on hand to answer questions. A new 3,500-gallon aquarium and short films give insight into the unique features of the monument, as well as threats to its survival. Housed in the refurbished F. Koehnen Building, the center is worth a stop just to get an up-close look at its huge stuffed albatross with wings outstretched, or the new monk seal exhibit. (And the price is right.)

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F. Koehnen Bldg., 76 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo, Hawaii, 96720, USA

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  • Free

Published 01/10/2017


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Jul 20, 2017

Mokup?papa Discovery Center

Totally worth your time! Beautiful architecture of a old historic building. Wonderful staff and volunteers to greet you. The aquarium has rare fish from Kure Atoll. Amazing! Children love to play with the puppets and they have other kid friendly activities. Lots of information on the Marine National Monument! Very well done and it's free!!!!