Papahānaumokuākea Sanctuary Designation FAQs

The Department of Land and Natural Resources, in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is preparing a joint Environmental Impact Statement for the initiation of a potential national marine sanctuary designation at Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Please see the linked Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to learn more about these different Marine Protected Areas and what a national marine sanctuary designation would mean for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and the state of Hawai‘i.