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DLNR Introduction to Kure Atoll State Wildlife Sanctuary

Kure Atoll is the remotest island in the Hawaiian archipelago, and the northern-most coral atoll in the world.

Located approximately 2,500 miles from Tokyo and 1,400 miles from Honolulu, Kure is an important nesting area for a number of seabird species and wintering area for a variety of migratory bird species from North America and Asia. Kure Atoll is also an important pupping and resting area for Hawaiian Monk seals.

A former U.S. Coast Guard LORAN station, the Atoll was returned to State management in 1993. The State of Hawaiʻi is responsible for managing Kure Atoll State Wildlife Sanctuary within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

This video gives an introduction to the wildlife on Kure, threats to them, and management activities taking place on the Atoll.

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