Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, where nature and culture are one.
This year, Papahānaumokuākea is celebrating ten years of inscription as a mixed UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognized for both its natural and cultural heritage to mankind.
The 1,350 mile stretch of coral islands, seamounts, banks, and shoals supports an incredible diversity of coral, fish, birds, marine mammals, and other flora and fauna, many of which are unique to the Hawaiian Island chain. Culturally significant throughout Hawaiian history, it also houses sacred and iconic cultural sites.
Now you can experience Papahānaumokuākea through a variety of offerings. This web series will show how anyone, anywhere, can make monumental connections with your Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
Image: Boobies perch atop ceremonial shrines in the Monument. Credit: Kaleomanuiwa Wong
Image: A large ulua (giant trevally) swims amidst a school of omilu (bluefin trevally) while divers survey corals at French Frigate Shoals. Credit: John Burns/NOAA
Image: Hōkūleʻa sailing in front of Nihoa. Photo Credit: Naʻalehu Anthony
Image: Symposium on Science in Support of Archipelagic Management. (Photo) French Frigate Shoals reefscape. Credit: Greg McFall/NOAA
Image: Fourth grade students restore ʻohai along with other endangered native plants at Kaʻena Point. Credit: Marie Ayabe/National Parks Service