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Scientists set sail aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s R/V Falkor to map a significant portion of PMNM’s largely uncharted seafloor. Mapping Expedition to Papahānaumokuākea Returns
April 11, 2014
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Deep reef off Midway Atoll dominated by Hawaiian endemic reef fish species including <em>Chaetodon miliaris</em>, <em>Anampses chrysocephalus</em>, <em>Pseudanthias thompsoni</em>, <em>Centropyge potteri</em>, <em>Sargocentron xantherythrum</em>, <em>Genicanthus personatus</em> and <em>Chromis hanui</em>. Fish Found Nowhere Else on Earth Thrive on Papahānaumokuākea’s Deep Reefs
March 13, 2014
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Dr. Kelly Gleason investigates a ginger jar at the <em>Two Brothers</em> shipwreck site. PMNM is proud to present the premiere screening of the film
Lightning Strikes Twice: the Real Life Sequel to Moby Dick
March 5, 2014
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Wisdom and her newest chick on Midway Atoll NWR At 63 Years Old, Wisdom Hatches Another Chick
February 4, 2014
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2014 Hanalei Moon and Tide Calendar Now Available - 2014 Hanalei Moon and Tide Calendar
February 1, 2014
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NOAA’s Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center (IRC) on Ford Island. PMNM Main Office Moves to the Inouye Regional Center
January 23, 2014
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My Hawaiʻi Story Project Contest 2014 flyer My Hawaiʻi Story Project Contest 2014
January 15, 2014
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Short-tailed albatross and chick. Endangered Short-Tailed Albatross Hatches at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
January 10, 2014
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Screenshot of Pearl and Hermes Atoll on Google Streetview. More PMNM Locations Go Live on Google Street View
December 11, 2013
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The critically endangered Millerbird. Scientists are tracking the growing number of Millerbirds on Laysan Island. Photo: Robbie Kohley Latest Update on the Nihoa Millerbirds on Laysan Island - New Hope for Critically Endangered Species
September 8, 2013
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Blackfoot ʻopihi in a tidepool at Nihoa. Intertidal Monitoring Team Uses New Monitoring Methods in Papahānaumokuākea
August 29, 2013
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PMNM Research Diver Brian Hauk examines the newly-discovered table coral off Oʻahu. PMNM Divers Discover Table Coral Acropora cytherea off Oʻahu
August 8, 2013
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Researchers conduct intertidal surveys in the Monument. Intertidal Monitoring Cruise sets out to Papahānaumokuākea
August 6, 2013
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Hawaiian monk seal mother (right) and her nursing pup. Monk Seal Research Expedition Underway
July 3, 2013
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Millerbird peering up from the edge of a Naupaka bush. Endangered Millerbird Population on Laysan Island Doubles to More Than 100
June 24, 2013
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NOAA rebreather diver Daniel Wagner at Laysan in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. New Discoveries Tie Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to Johnston Atoll
June 17, 2013
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Bottlenose dolphins emerge from the swell approximately 30 km NE of French Frigate Shoals. Cetacean Survey Team Update
June 14, 2013
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13,795-kg pile of derelict fishing gear and plastic debris. Final Count: Team removes 14 metric tons of marine debris from Midway Atoll
May 31, 2013
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Brewster F2A-3 Buffalo. Life of Brewster Pilot is Reminder of Courage during Battle of Midway
May 9, 2013
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Apex predators such as tiger sharks are at the top of the food web in Papahānaumokuākea.  They are dependent on bottom-dwelling algae as the base of the food web. The Link between Algae and Sharks on Healthy Coral Reefs
April 26, 2013
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Kevin O'Brien and Brian Yannutz remove derelict fishing gear from a reef at Midway Atoll. Team Removes 9 tons of Marine Debris at Midway Atoll
April 19, 2013
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Hawaiʻi State Representative Jessica Wooley (far left) looks on as members of the State congratulate Tim Johns (2nd from left), ʻAulani Wilhelm (center) and Uncle Buzzy (at right, in lei) after presenting them with a proclamation. Jessica Wooley Honors Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve
April 12, 2013
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Mokupāpapa Discovery Center Mokupāpapa Discovery Center Relocating to Larger Space
April 3, 2013
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Wisdom returns to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge to resume her chick rearing duties on February 8, 2013. Wisdom Does it Again: World's Oldest Bird Hatches Another Chick
February 7, 2013
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2013 Hanalei Moon and Tide Calendar 2013 Hanalei Moon and Tide Calendar
January 24, 2013
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Maritime archaeologists Kelly Gleason and Bert Ho examine the propeller blades at the sunken aircraft site. A Sunken Warbird in Papahānaumokuākea: The Discovery and Investigation of a Brewster F2A-3 Buffalo in Midway Atoll Lagoon
December 24, 2012
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A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist and four volunteers arrived safely in Honolulu. Biologists Evacuated from Remote Pacific Field Station – Storm damage to Tern Island facility is extensive
December 21, 2012
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Artwork by Lomani Kalei O. Students get Creative to Spread Awareness of Marine Debris
November 20, 2012
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Nihoa Millerbird Midway Atoll is now "Streetviewable" via Google Maps
October 22, 2012
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NOAA scientific diver followed by large ulua while conducting coral reef surveys at Pearl and Hermes Atoll, 200 feet. Deep Coral Reef Expedition Discovers new fish and habitat in Papahānaumokuākea
September 28, 2012
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Intertidal monitoring team members monitoring the rocky intertidal shoreline in between waves at Mokumanamana. Intertidal Monitoring Cruise Returns from Papahānaumokuākea
September 24, 2012
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ʻOpihi abound in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Intertidal Monitoring Cruise Departs to Papahānaumokuākea
September 12, 2012
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Nihoa Millerbird. BioGeographic Expedition departs for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
September 4, 2012
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Nihoa Millerbird. Second Translocation of Millerbirds Completed
September 4, 2012
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Kimi Werner greets a solitary ulua while diving in PMNM. Papahānaumokuākea featured in Hawaii Skin Diver TV show and magazine
August – September 2012
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PMNM Maritime Heritage Coordinator Kelly Gleason examines a large trypot at the Two Brothers shipwreck site. Researchers Return from 24-Day Expedition to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
August 24, 2012
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PMNM Maritime Heritage Coordinator Kelly Gleason examines a large trypot at the Two Brothers shipwreck site. Exhibit features lost whaling shipwreck found in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
August 16, 2012
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Translocated Millerbird at home on Laysan Island. Second Voyage to Move Endangered Millerbirds Departs Honolulu
August 10, 2012
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PMNM booth highlights artists that inspire conservation of the Monument. Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program Cruise sets out to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
August 1, 2012
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PMNM booth highlights artists that inspire conservation of the Monument. Art Inspiring Conservation: Papahānaumokuākea gears up for Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference 2012
July 30, 2012
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Participants of marine debris removal activities sit atop a mound of derelict fishing gear collected in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Fifty metric tons of marine debris cleared from Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
July 14, 2012
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Dr. Kelly Gleason investigates a ginger jar at the <em>Two Brothers</em> shipwreck site. Maritime Heritage Cruise Set to Depart to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
July 5, 2012
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Planting native, low-lying shrubs of ʻākulikuli. Honoring Jacques Cousteau – Red Cap Day
June 25, 2012
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UAS in flight. NOAA Demonstrates Unmanned Aircraft System for Ocean Monitoring
June 20, 2012
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Many endemic species are abundant in Papahānaumokuākea. Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Celebrates its 6th Birthday
June 15, 2012
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Short-tailed albatross testing his wings. Short-tailed Albatross Fledges at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
June 14, 2012
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Climate Change workshop participants. PMNM hosts Climate Change Workshop
June 12-14, 2012
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Nihoa Millerbird 2012 Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program for the U.S. Pacific Remote Islands and American Samoa
June 13, 2012
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Table coral and fishes at Rapture Reef in French Frigate Shoals. World Oceans Day – June 8, 2012 – Featuring short films about ways marine protected areas help sustain communities and protect marine life
June 8, 2012
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SBD Dauntless dive bombers approaching the burning Japanese heavy cruiser Mikuma. Remembering the Battle of Midway: June 4 - 7, 2012 marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway in 1942
June 4, 2012
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Hawaiian monk seals are endemic to the Hawaiian Archipelago. Good Neighbors: How To Share Hawaiʻi's Beaches with Endangered Monk Seals
May 23, 2012
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Nihoa Millerbird Fledgling on Laysan Island. Free-flying Millerbird Chick on Laysan Marks Giant Step Forward for Conservation of Species
March 28, 2012
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Nihoa Millerbird Recovery Team. Nihoa Millerbird Recovery Team Honored for Achievements
March 22, 2012
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Nice pose of a Millerbird, the morning after release on Laysan. 100 Years Later, Endangered Millerbirds Breed Once Again on Laysan Island
March 16, 2012
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Reserve Advisory Council members. NOAA'S Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Seeks Advisory Council Applicants
April 30, 2012
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Sooty tern in flight. Wayne Levin's Photo Exhibit of Papahānaumokuākea at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center
February 7 to March 26, 2012
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Technical diver surveying black coral populations. PMNM Research Specialist Publishes a Study on the Reproduction of Hawaiian Black Corals
February 22, 2012
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Plastic bag marine debris. Reserve Advisory Council Passes Resolution Supporting Fee on Single-Use Plastic and Paper Grocery Bags
February 6, 2012
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Masked booby family. Holaniku – Photographic Exhibition of Kure Atoll and other Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
February 5, 2012
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Short-Tailed Albatross Second Short-Tailed Albatross Hatches at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge – Chick increases hope for continued recovery of the species
January 18, 2012
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ʻŌhai planting along the north coast at Kaʻena Point. First "Navigating My Course" Science and Conservation Career Workshop for Young Women at Kaʻena Point a Success
January 16, 2012
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Dr. Sylvia Earle and Wyland – Welcome to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge Dr. Sylvia Earle and Wyland – Welcome to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
January 10, 2012
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Daniel Wagner presenting to 4th grade students at Island Pacific Academy. Inspiring Elementary School Students at Island Pacific Academy
December 12, 2011
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Dr. Kelly Gleason investigates a ginger jar at the <em>Two Brothers</em> shipwreck site. Whaler on Top 10 List - Archaeology magazine lists NOAA's discovery of Two Brothers as one of the world's Top 10 archaeological discoveries in 2011
December 6, 2011
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Laysan Albatross World's Oldest Laysan Albatross is Back!
December 2, 2011
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Jellyfish Voyage Into the Deep - In September of 2011, multimedia reporter Oscar Valenzuela accompanied a group of 20 scientists on an annual research expedition to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
November 13, 2011
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Short-tailed Albatross The Short-tailed Albatross Couple Has Returned to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge!
November 9, 2011
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Papahānaumokuākea's Native Hawaiian Program Specialist Presenting at the CRIOBE Seminar in Mo'orea, French Polynesia. Papahānaumokuākea's Native Hawaiian Program Specialist Presenting at the CRIOBE Seminar in Mo'orea, French Polynesia
November 7 to 9, 2011
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Students from Leilehua High School participate in NOAA's Adopt a Drifter Program. NOAA's Adopt a Drifter Program
November 8, 2011
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Daniel Wagner gives seminar on mesophotic research in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Papahānaumokuākea Research Specialist Gives Seminar on Mesophotic Research in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands at Hawaiʻi Pacific University
November 4, 2011
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Lānaʻi High School Students Lānaʻi High School Collaboration
October 18, 2011
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Naval Air Museum Western and Hawaiian Science Combine to Provide Management Baseline for ʻOpihi
October 14, 2011
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Naval Air Museum Ocean Literacy Day at the Waikīkī Aquarium
September 17, 2011
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Nihoa Millerbird Release of Nihoa Millerbirds on Laysan Island Offers New Hope for Critically Endangered Species
September 10, 2011
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Naval Air Museum Naval Air Museum Open House
September 10, 2011
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Bryan's shearwater (Puffinus bryani) Smithsonian Scientists Confirm New Species of Seabird Discovered in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
August 26, 2011
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RAMP Cruise Coral Survey Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Reef Assessment and Monitoring Cruise
July 23, 2011 – August 21, 2011
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Air Show The Biggest Little Airshow on Ford Island
August 20, 2011
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Waikiki Aquarium A Monumental Experience at the Waikīkī Aquarium. Oʻahu visitors get their first glimpse of a living reef ecosystem similar to that found in the world's most isolated islands.
August 18, 2011
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Permitted Acivities 2010 Annual Report 2010 Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument's Permitted Activities Report
July 11, 2011
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RAC Meeting NOAA Releases its Final Policy on Aquaculture
June 13, 2011
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Short-tailed AlbatrossChick Banded - June 08, 2011 Wildlife biologists at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, part of the co-managed Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument...
June 13, 2011
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Pocillopora meandrinaFirst documented broadcast spawning event for the coral species, Pocillopora meandrina (Cauliflower coral) in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
May 7, 2011
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Monk Seal CampThe first cruise of the 2011 research season to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument involved re-establishment of five Hawaiian monk seal research...
April 26, 2011
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Reserve Advisory CouncilReserve Advisory Council and Papahānaumokuākea Honored at Hawaiʻi State Senate
April 7, 2011
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Nesting Great FrigatebirdsInteragency Team Conducts Aerial and Ground Survey of Tsunami Damage in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
Mar. 28, 2011
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Na Kama KaiWorld Class Sand Sculptors Create Living Seascape at Oʻahu's Kahana Bay
Mar. 14, 2011
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Coral BleachingExperts tackle challenge of responding to coral bleaching in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Mar. 10, 2011
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PMNM FacebookKeep in touch with the latest news and developments from Papahānaumokuākea on facebook
Mar. 10, 2011
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Nets to EnergyHawaiʻi Nets to Energy Program Provides Power from Marine Debris Collected in Papahānaumokuākea
Mar. 8, 2011
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Two BrothersLost Whaling Shipwreck With Link to Melville's Moby-Dick
Discovered in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Feb. 11, 2011
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Message from Bill ClintonMessage from President Bill Clinton
Dec. 3, 2010
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World Heritage InscriptionPapahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Marks Major Milestones
Dec. 3, 2010
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Marine Managers GatheringWorld Heritage Marine Managers Gather
Dec. 2, 2010
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Monitoring and AssessmentRemote Islands Monitoring/Assessment Cruises Lead to Discovery, Best Practices and Shifts in Thinking
Sept. 29, 2010
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PMNM Coral BleachingNorthwestern Hawaiian Islands Escape Severe Coral Bleaching Event
Sept. 29, 2010
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Coral Bleaching Report2010 Coral Bleaching Current Conditions Reports: 29 September for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
Sept. 29, 2010
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Coral Bleaching Conditions2010 Coral Bleaching Current Conditions Reports: 7 September for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
Sept. 10, 2010
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Coral Bleaching WatchCoral Bleaching Watch Begins for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
Aug. 12, 2010
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Hawaiian Fishes DiscoveredExtraordinary Dominance of Hawaiian Fishes Discovered on Deep Coral Reefs of the Northwestern Hawaiian
Aug. 8, 2010
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UNESCO World Heritage InscriptionPapahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument becomes first mixed UNESCO World Heritage Site in the U.S.
Jul. 30, 2010
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GrendelGrounded Sail Boat Gets Recycled Life
Jul. 22, 2010
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Wayne LevinRecent Photographs by Wayne Levin Exhibit Opens at First Hawaiian Center
Jul. 2, 2010
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Coral Reef SignageRespecting Hawai‘i’s Coral Reefs, One Sign at a Time
May. 11, 2010
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RestorationHawaii Students Help Restore Native Forests during Navigating Change Field Trips
May. 7, 2010
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Participants for Papahānaumokuākea 'Ahahui Alaka'i Program Chosen
April. 23, 2010
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2010 Participant List


Learn more about global climate change and local impacts during a free presentation from one of our partners.
Feb. 10, 2010
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Lost on a Reef exhibit"Lost on a Reef" Maritme heritage exhibit opens at Mokupāpapa
Feb. 8, 2010
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NWHI Compensation Program for Commercial Lobster and Bottomfish Fishermen Complete
Jan. 21, 2010
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Monument Website Brings The Place To The People
Jan. 15, 2010
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New speciesDeep Sea Submersibles Find New Species in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Dec. 9, 2009
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Nominations Sought for Papahānaumokuākea Educators Workshop on Midway Atoll
Nov. 20, 2009
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Coral arrivesPapahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Coral Arrives At The Waikiki Aquarium
Oct. 26, 2009
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NekiPapahānaumokuākea Islands Mostly Spared by Tropical Storm Neki
Oct. 26, 2009
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Marine debrisShip Returns From Papahānaumokuākea Loaded With Marine Debris
Sept. 30, 2009
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World’s Largest Marine Protected Areas Sign Partnership Agreement
Sept. 23, 2009


MokumanamanaUnveiling the Secrets of a Mystery Island
Sept.17, 2009
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HokuleaProtecting Papahānaumokuākea from Marine Aliens
Sept. 9, 2009
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HiialakaiDeep Coral Reef Exploration Reveals more Ocean Wonders
Sept. 3, 2009
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Finding Marine Debris
April 9, 2008
The NOAA ship Oscar Elton Sette is taking part in a 17-day Marine Debris research cruise from March 24 to April 9, 2008. The crew begins at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, then moves to an area north of Hawaii called the North Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone. Check out the crew's blog!


Archipelago Exhibition
May 9, 2008.
The exhibition of 40 dramatic large-format photographs taken by the award-winning team of Susan Middleton and David Liittschwager, are now on display at the Kaua‘i Museum, from November 12, 2007 through May 9, 2008.
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One Year Anniversary
Just over one year ago, on June 15, 2006, President Bush signed a proclamation that created the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument.


65th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway
June 4, 2007
Commemoration Ceremony, 4 June 2007


Our Sea of Islands
February 2, 2007
A Regional Forum for Oceania on Marine Managed Areas and World Heritage


State of the Sanctuary Report 2006
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Learn about the presidential designation of the monument, recent science cruises and more.