Join us on our exciting tour to Marine National Monument
Welcome to Papahānaumokuākea!
The name Papahānaumokuākea commemorates the union of two Hawaiian ancestors – Papahānaumoku and Wākea. They gave rise to the Hawaiian Archipelago, the taro plant, and the Hawaiian people. Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is an enormous swath of ocean, encompassing the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and Midway. Originally declared the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument by U.S. President George W. Bush on June 15, 2006; it was renamed Papahānaumokuākea in 2007 and is an adventure traveler's dream. It is one of the world's largest marine protected areas and in 2010 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
A Hawaiian monk seal at Kure Atoll.
George W. Bush signing proclamation to establish the monument on June 15, 2006.
Hawaiian green sea turtle at Papahanaumokuakea.