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Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary Visitor Center

726 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-9049
+1 800-831-4888
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Humpback Whale discussion

Speaker (Bo) was very informative and enthusiastic. Did you know the Humpback whale was once a land... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
San Francisco, California
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This is free, but we made a donation to the center because it was terrific. The volunteers are... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Falmouth, Maine
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Located in Kihei on the south shore of Maui, the visitor center is an ideal spot to learn about the marine environment and even see humpback whales breaching. This scenic beachfront location at the foot of Haleakala has views of Kaho'olawe, Lana'i and West Maui looking across the waters of the sanctuary. Visitors to the new center inKihei will be able to learn about the efforts by NOAA, the State of Hawaii, and others to protect humpback whales, monk seals, sea turtles, and coral reefs.
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  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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726 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-9049
+1 800-831-4888
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Speaker (Bo) was very informative and enthusiastic. Did you know the Humpback whale was once a land animal? I didn't! The feeding and mating proportion of the discussion was also very informative. I highly advise a visit.

Thank Pappa_Kapp
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is free, but we made a donation to the center because it was terrific. The volunteers are very friendly and welcoming, they quickly engage in conversation and provide a wealth of knowledge on humpback whales, monk seals and other sea life. They also discuss...More

Thank Aussiesinmaine
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This sanctuary was a great place to visit and offered great views and great historical insight on the whales in the past and what we are doing in the present to set up a future for these whales! It is a must visit on your...More

Thank Kristina G
Reviewed July 6, 2017

This is where you can learn what people are doing to help whales that get caught up in nets. They describe their techniques. It is a small place right next to the beach.

Thank bobndee24
Reviewed June 20, 2017

Brought the kids here for a visit today and the main building and visitors center is closed with construction crews working on it. Apparently, the Tuesday and Thursday talks still happen in the meeting rooms in a separate building. Nice beach access to a sand...More

Thank Brandon K
Reviewed May 6, 2017

The displays are very well done. We attended the Thurs presentation by Ruth. It was fascinating, well illustrated and all questions were answered. Amazing how many such sanctuaries there are around the world including Thunder Bay (owing to the large number of shipwrecks nearby. A...More

Thank Dave1xyz
Reviewed April 27, 2017

This small museum is dedicated to informing guests of the humpback whales that arrive to Maui each year in the late Fall and leave in Spring, after tye calfs have been born.There are hand-on activity for kids and a great whale video for all ages.

Thank Linda M
Reviewed April 11, 2017

What a great resource! The visitors' center has some small exhibits, and they offer talks about humpback whales a couple of times a week. The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary is located right next to a great beach for families and little ones, so it's...More

Thank Leslie P
Reviewed March 31, 2017

I enjoyed and learn something new every time I attend a lecture at the visitor center. The staff is well versed and has an actual concern about continuing the research of the whales and their habits. Always well done.

Thank jansparkman
Reviewed March 22, 2017 via mobile

We're we're staying across the street. The people working here were very knowledgable and helpful when we stopped in. They were more then willing to take the time to answer all our questions about whales.

Thank SusanandJeff65
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Stephanie H
July 25, 2017|
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Response from Leslie P | Reviewed this property |
Hi! I wouldn't take your little one to the lecture (it's too long for a toddler), but the center itself is very kid-friendly. There is a GREAT little kid-friendly beach adjacent to the sanctuary. Good spot for a relaxing... More
January 25, 2017|
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Response from NOAA-ONMS | Property representative |
This is the best time of year!
Greg G
February 10, 2016|
Response from Mike K | Reviewed this property |
Don't know about formal lectures, but visitations are sparse enough that docent will take you through the exhibits personally.