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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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An interesting and informative lecture by volunteer about whales

When we visited, it was not humpback whale sighting season, so we were pleased to discover that the... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2016
J. H. N
Snowmass Village
Great educational experience

The volunteers really know about whales and Maui. We got some great advice on what to see and where... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2016
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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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726 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-9049
+1 800-831-4888
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

When we visited, it was not humpback whale sighting season, so we were pleased to discover that the Center was still hosting lectures twice a week about the whales. Our lecturer was very knowledgeable, interesting, and kept a wide variety of people in her audience...More

Thank J. H. N
Reviewed 30 October 2016

The volunteers really know about whales and Maui. We got some great advice on what to see and where to eat as well as being able to see 2 sea turtles on a barrier sea wall that native Hawaiians made centuries ago to give fish...More

Thank lncohan
Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

This is located in a 3 story building and the exhibit hall occupies the bottom floor. There is an observation deck for viewing. The volunteers are very passionate about the whales and other sealife. They have on display the skeletons of a monk seal and...More

Thank SoCalOregonian
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Must do either the Tuesday or Thursday 11:00 lecture. We having been coming to Maui and driven buy many and had not stopped. Why we will Conor often in the future. Don't miss.

Thank mclaren88
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Although the building was closed, we were able to go into a meeting area where there is a lot to see. There are also objects and signs all over the property that really make it worthwhile to see.

Thank Ella S
Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

We visited the center when the whales are not in Hawaii, but is was still very informative. The keeper was very knowledgeable, answered all of our questions and spent a lot of time with us.

Thank myjourney101
Reviewed 4 August 2016

I was visiting the center for information on different stuff for my class. They were very helpful. They gave me information on stuff that i could use for my class.

Thank angeleyes382016
Reviewed 26 July 2016

The exhibits are very well done, the children's exhibits are very educational and well worth the visit. During whale season there is viewing from their deck..

Thank LVSMaui2
Reviewed 21 July 2016

As a teacher and lover of marine life, I have wanted to visit the sanctuary for quite some time and finally made it this year. Although it is a bit small, the docent was very knowledgeable and helpful. It was obvious that he truly enjoyed...More

Thank DKMK98
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Go even if it's not whale season. Great people, lots to learn, take kids. Great plush turtles, whales, and monk seals for kids at super reasonable prices.

Thank kimo213
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Stephanie H
25 July 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
24 January 2017|
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Response from NOAA-ONMS | Property representative |
This is the best time of year!
Greg G
9 February 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.