Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument was named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Papahānaumokuākea’s extensive coral reefs, of great cultural importance to Native Hawaiians, are also home to more than 7,000 species, one quarter of which are found only in the Hawaiian Archipelago.

Located northwest of the larger Hawaiian Islands, the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is one of largest marine conservation areas in the world, encompassing nearly 140,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean – an area larger than all of America’s national parks combined.

For those interested in marine sanctuaries is Capital Hill Ocean Week, an ocean summit for influential movers and shakers, will be held in early June in Washington, D.C.

Papahānaumokuākea means foundational earth (papa) + to give birth (hānau) + small island or large land division (moku) + wide expanse (ākea).



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