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 —
(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.
Five species of sea turtles are
Spinner Dolphins “nai’a”
Hawaiian spinner dolphins are found close to shore during the day, 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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Animals.
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). The marker is located next to the visitor center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kailua Kona HI 96740, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 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); Kamakahonu (approx. 3.1 miles away); Kamakahonu / Kailua Pier (approx. 3.1 miles away); Ahu'ena Heiau (approx. 3.1 miles away); Niumalu Beach / Kailua Bay (approx. 3.2 miles away); Hulihe‘e Palace / Moku‘aikaua Church (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kailua-Kona.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 26, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 417 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 26, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.