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Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument is a protected area encompassing 140,000 square miles (360,000 km2) of ocean waters and ten islands and atolls of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

This remote part of the Pacific is relatively pristine and has a large number of endemic species. It is also the habitat of the threatened green sea turtle and the endangered Hawaiian monk seal.

Culturally, it is important for its centrality to Hawaiian culture and its importance in the settlement of the Pacific. Significant Native Hawaiian cultural sites are found on the islands of Nihoa and Mokumanamana. There are also locations of historic shipwreck sites.

The Papahânaumokuâkea Marine National Monument was created by Presidential proclamation on June 15, 2006.

Map of Papahanaumokuakea


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Site Info

Full name: Papahânaumokuâkea

Unesco ID: 1326

Inscribed: 2010

Type: Mixed

Criteria: 3   6   8   9   10  

Link: By Name By ID

Site History

  • 2010 - Inscribed 


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