Learn about Papahanaumokuake‘aBig Island

Located in the historic Koehnen Building in downtown Hilo, you’ll find a portal to another, virtually untouched locale in the Pacific Ocean, rife with vibrant sea life. MOKUPAPAPA DISCOVERY CENTER brings the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to life. The center tells the story of the science, history and culture of MARINE NATIONAL MONUMENT Papahanaumokuakea through audio and interactive exhibits, artwork, models and more.

Visitors are transported via displays that bring the complex beauty and importance of PAPAHANAUMOKUAKE‘A to life— hear the Kumulipo, Hawaiian creation chant, then VIEW AN INTERACTIVE MAP of the islands that depict the wildlife found in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. There are models of some of the wildlife and a 3,500-GALLON SALTWATER AQUARIUM containing some of the corals and fish found there. This bay front center, located at 76 Kamehameha Ave. in Hilo, serves to “bring the place to the people.” For more information, go to papahanaumokuakea.gov or call (808) 933-8180.