Mokupapapa Discovery Center

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Mokupapapa Discovery Center

Visitors to this small but informative center will learn about the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, which encompasses about 140,000 square miles in the waters northwest of the main Hawaiian Islands, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Giant graphics, murals, and maps depict the monument's extensive coral reefs and the more than 7,000 marine species that live there, one in four of which are found only in the Hawaiian archipelago. Knowledgeable staff or volunteers give daily tours of the exhibits. Interactive programs and short films describe marine life and environmental conditions. (It's worth a stop just to get an up-close look at the center's huge stuffed albatross, with wings outstretched.) www.papahanaumokuakea.gov/education/center.html. COST: Free. OPEN: Tues.--Sat. 9--4.

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