Resources: Visitation Fact Sheet

  • Three thousand miles from the nearest continent, Papahānaumokuākea is one of the largest World Heritage Sites, as well as one of the largest Marine Protected Areas on the globe. Spanning a distance of 1931 km (1,200 mi) across the North Pacific Ocean, the Monument is approximately 185 km (115 mi) wide

  • Composing the Northernmost three‐fourths of the Hawaiian Archipelago,
    Papahānaumokuākea is Hawai‘i’s second World Heritage Site. The first, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, was inscribed in 1978

  • The remote reefs, islands and waters of Papahānaumokuākea are home to more than 7000 species, approximately 25% of which are found nowhere else in the world

  • The Monument Management philosophy is to “Bring the place to the people,” through a variety of media and web‐based interactive experiences in order to help limit the human footprint on the remote region’s near pristine ecosystems and cultural heritage for future generations

  • The Monument’s Mokupāpapa Discovery Center in Hilo, on the island of
    Hawai‘i, offers virtual visitor opportunities to Papahānaumokuākea through
    exhibitry, events, and educational programs

  • With the Monument philosophy in mind, and by regulation, all access to and
    activities within the Monument are by permit only

  • Strict carrying capacity guidelines limit visitor access, which is restricted to
    Midway Atoll only
For more information about visitation please contact the Visitor Services Manager, via e‐mail at, or call +1‐808-954-4814.