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National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whales


Educational Presentations & Exhibits about the Humpback Whale

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center is a cluster of three of buildings in the north part of Kihei, with educational exhibits and scheduled talks and presentations about humpback whales.  It is at 726 South Kihei Road, phone 808-879-2818.  Open Monday through Friday.

The marine sanctuary is actually an area of ocean around the Hawaiian islands, managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the State of Hawaii.  This area is a protected zone where about two thirds of all North Pacific humpback whales come each winter for breeding, calving, and nursing.  In addition to protecting this whale habitat, the sanctuary performs education, outreach, research, and cultural activities.

The Visitor Center in Kihei is a beach-front facility with many fascinating exhibits, such as skeletons, coral, turtle shells, replicas, movies, videos, and free brochures.  They have free educational talks several times per week, called "45 ton talks" about humpback whales.

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Visitor Center of National Marine Sanctuary

   National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center

   Ocean view with educational plackards

     Exhibits at Marine Sanctuary

     Talks and presentations about humpback whales

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