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Sanctuary Saturday! Whale Visitor Center Now Open on Last Saturdays

March 12, 2018, 1:21 PM HST
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The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center in Kīhei is now open on the last Saturday of each month.

Situated on the south shore of Maui with picturesque views of Kahoʻolawe, Lānaʻi and West Maui, the center offers the public a place to enjoy displays, ocean views and watch humpback whales breach right from the doorstep.

The public is also invited to learn about Maui’s wintering whales and their habitat in Hawaiʻi, with crafts and story time available for kids.

The upcoming Sanctuary Saturday takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 31, 2018.

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center is located at 726 South Kīhei Road.

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Admission is free.  For more information, call (808) 879-2818.

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kīhei, Maui. PC: Ed Lyman.

Keiki (children) engage in whale craft activities during HIHWNMS’s Sanctuary Saturday. (Credit: Nikola Garber/NOAA)

Sanctuary Saturday.

Response team holds up the line that has just been pulled from a whale’s mouth during a recent disentanglement effort, as the whale breaches behind. J. Moore – NOAA MMHSRP (permit # 18786-02)

Humpback whale breaching about a mile offshore from Mākena, Maui. (1.4.18) PC: Ellen Raimo

Keiki (children) engage in whale craft activities during HIHWNMS’s Sanctuary Saturday. (Credit: Nikola Garber/NOAA)

Keiki (children) engage in whale craft activities during HIHWNMS’s Sanctuary Saturday. (Credit: Nikola Garber/NOAA)

Koieie Fishpond in Kihei outside of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Photo by Wendy OSHER © 2009

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