Mokupapapa Discovery Center

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Phone (808) 933-8180
Address 76 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, HI 96720
Bringing the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to you through exhibits, models, an aquarium, and more.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Educational • General: Good For Rainy Days • General: Kid Activities • Cultural & Historical: Museum / Art Center

The Mokupapapa Discovery Center serves to interpret the natural science, culture, and history of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and surrounding marine environment.

Since visiting these remote islands in the Hawaiian island chain (known as The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument) is virtually impossible for most, the center helps bring those islands to the people right in Hilo.

The The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument encompasses 583,000 square miles of ocean which includes ten islands and atolls. The monument was created in 2006 with 140,000 square miles of reserve and was expanded to the current size in 2016. It's currently the world's largest protected area.

They feature a large, 3,500 gallon, saltwater aquarium, various interactive educational exhibits, and models of the wildlife found in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Best of all, admission here is free to all.