24. LEARN ABOUT PAPAHANAUMOKUAKE‘A

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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.

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