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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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Awesome place to visit :)

The visitor center in Kihei, Maui was closed for renovations last year. It has re-opened with the... read more

Reviewed 7 February 2018
David A
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Honolulu, Hawaii
Historical building and great for little kids to learn about Marine life

Located in North Kihei and beside a public park; is this historic building along the water front of... read more

Reviewed 12 December 2017
rmiskae
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Kihei
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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
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"fish pond"
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"great place to learn"
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"hawaiian fish"
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"see whales"
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"these amazing creatures"
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"great whale"
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"wealth of knowledge"
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Reviewed 7 February 2018

The visitor center in Kihei, Maui was closed for renovations last year. It has re-opened with the same days and times- Monday thru Friday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. It has a great whale presentation on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 AM. The visitor center...More

1  Thank David A
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Reviewed 12 December 2017

Located in North Kihei and beside a public park; is this historic building along the water front of Kihei. They have educational stations for kids play and learning about marine life and our visiting whales. This is a very clean and well kept building. There...More

Thank rmiskae
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Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed the special presentation by Carol. Learned so much and she is clearly passionate and knowledgeable. Recommend for intellectually curious.

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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

We knew the visitor center was limited and that is fine. The volunteer who showed us around was very well informed and interesting. But the highlight of our visit was the 11 am talk. A very interesting talk about the humpbacks, the history, migration, reproduction...More

1  Thank Mari Anne H
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

You can learn a lot about whales and you can find some good spots to find nice photo spots and meet good helpful people.

Thank espramiro
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Reviewed 7 August 2017 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.

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Reviewed 23 July 2017

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

1  Thank Aussiesinmaine
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Reviewed 17 July 2017

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
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Reviewed 6 July 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
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Reviewed 20 June 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
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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
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nanashew
25 January 2017|
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This is the best time of year!
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Greg G
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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.
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