The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is jointly managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the State of Hawai`i, through the DLNR.

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The sanctuary lies within the shallow warm waters surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands and constitutes one of the world’s most important humpback whale habitats. Through education, research and resource protection activities, the sanctuary strives to protect humpback whales and their habitat in Hawai`i.   For even more information visit our partner site.

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Elia Herman
State Co-Manager
Elia Y. K. Herman



State Headquarter Office
1151 Punchbowl St., Suite 330
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813
Ph: 808-587-0106 or 808-587-0437
NOAA Headquarter Office
1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg 176
Honolulu, HI 96818
Phone:  (808) 725-5901
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