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Kailua-Kona in Hawaii County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
 

A Sanctuary for Humpback Whales

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

 

—Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park —

 
A Sanctuary for Humpback Whales Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 10, 2008
1. A Sanctuary for Humpback Whales Marker
Inscription. The sanctuary lies within the shallow, warm waters surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands and is one of the world’s most important humpback whale habitats. Most of the North Pacific humpback whale population migrates nearly 3,000 miles to Hawaiian waters each winter to mate, calve, and nurse. During the spring and summer, they return to feed in cool, nutrient-rich waters near Alaska and other northern areas.

(Inscription below the photo in the left side)
The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary protects humpback whales and their habitat in Hawaii through education, outreach, research and cultural activities. Humpback whales (kohola) can be seen in Hawaiian waters from December to May. Mothers and calves can often be seen resting near shore. The acrobatic displays of humpbacks are visible from miles away.

Other Marine Life
Hawaiian Monk Seals “Ilio holo i ka uaua”

Hawaiian monk seals are the most endangered seal species in the U.S. with less than 1,300 remaining. They often haul out on sandy beaches.

Turtles “honu”
Five species of sea turtles are found in Hawaiian waters. The green sea turtle is the most commonly seen.

Spinner Dolphins “nai’a”
Hawaiian spinner dolphins are found close to shore during the day,
A Sanctuary for Humpback Whales image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 10, 2008
2. A Sanctuary for Humpback Whales
where they rest and care for their young. They feed at night in the open ocean.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 19° 40.716′ N, 156° 1.302′ W. Marker is in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in Hawaii County. Marker is on Queen Kaahumanu Highway (SR 19). Click for map. The marker is located next to the visitor center. Marker is in this post office area: Kailua Kona HI 96740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ala Mauka Makai (here, next to this marker); Discovering Kaloko-Honokohau (here, next to this marker); Honokohau Settlement (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hulihe‘e Palace / Moku‘aikaua Church (approx. 3.2 miles away); The First Hawaiian Christian (approx. 3.2 miles away); Hulihe‘e Palace (approx. 3.3 miles away); Hale Mua (approx. 8.1 miles away); Lonoikamakahiki Residence (approx. 8.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kailua-Kona.
 
Categories. Animals
 
A Sanctuary for Humpback Whales image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 10, 2008
3. A Sanctuary for Humpback Whales
Sign at the entrance to the park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 10, 2008
4. Sign at the entrance to the park
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 302 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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