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Archipelago: Portraits of Life In The World's
Most Remote Island Sanctuary

Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle hatchling, honu, Chelonia mydasThe Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument sponsors a touring exhibit of photographs on the flora and fauna of the NWHI. The images bring these remote atolls to residents and visitors of the main populated Hawaiian islands, offering a “virtual tour” of the wild splendor of a place that many don’t know exists. Click Here to view a feature story with images and video by National Geographic.
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Portugese Man-O-War,The exhibit features forty dramatic large-format photographs taken by the award-winning team of Susan Middleton and David Liittschwager, who have been documenting endangered animals and plants around the world since 1986. The dramatic portraits of marine and terrestrial flora and fauna, landscapes and seascapes, and interpretive imagery and information collectively express the biological exuberance of the NWHI. The photographs are also featured in their book, Archipelago, published in October 2005 by the National Geographic Society.


The Monument is sponsoring this exhibit in collaboration with community venues on the various islands to raise awareness about NWHI and support for its long-term protection and to encourage ocean stewardship values and behaviors in Hawai‘i. Air and ground door-to-door delivery services to transport the exhibit crates have been generously donated by Aloha Airlines and BAX Global.


Pale Anemone CrabIn addtion to the exhibit the Monument has also sponsored community presentations by Susan Middleton on the exhibit, the NWHI, and her work. The presentations have been held in the communities that hosted the exhibit and it is hoped that future talks with this amazing photographer can be scheduled.

Exhibit tour dates and locations

The exhibition is currently on display at the Kaua‘i Museum, from November 12, 2007 through May 9, 2008. clicking here.

The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument office in Hawai'i Kai, O'ahu, also hosts several of the larger prints on permanent exhibit. These are open for viewing by the public during regular business hours, Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM.