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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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Learned much from a knowledgable, helpful staff

This is a small museum that has just the right amount of information. The curator gave us a small... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Aaron M
VERY INTERESTING PLACE!

Be sure to visit the displays here! You can view videos of whales being rescued from entangled... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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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  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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726 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-9049
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small museum that has just the right amount of information. The curator gave us a small talk about the Sanctuary and Humpback Whales. He even answered all of our questions! They do provide binoculars for the winter, during whale watching season. I...More

Thank Aaron M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Be sure to visit the displays here! You can view videos of whales being rescued from entangled fishing lines! You won’t be disappointed! Also, go outside to see the turtles on the rock wall and at the park next door go into the oceN and...More

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Reviewed May 27, 2018

We visited when the Hump back whale season had finished. The centre itself is quite small but they seem to be doing a lot of excellent work. The highlight was the hour talk by Robin ( who I believe is in her 80s) who was...More

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Reviewed May 13, 2018

This is not an amusement ride or place to drop off the kids for the afternoon. However, all children are definitely welcome with parents to view the Center dedicated to the preservation of these beautiful majestic mammals. There are several examples of lines, bouys, wire...More

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Reviewed May 7, 2018

Our white VW Jetta took us on sightseeing tours around this island of countless parks and beaches, all open to the public with free parking. We visited the South Shore’s Kealia National Wildlife Refuge, the whale sanctuary’s visitor center and historic fish pond, and the...More

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Reviewed April 29, 2018

Discovered this gem as we were staying nearby, by .chance, arrived just as one of the twice a week Humpback Whale talks were starting. Learned so very much about these amazing whales and kudos to the staff. Visited the rest of the center and talked...More

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Reviewed April 28, 2018 via mobile

We stayed right across the street and checked out the free center. Hours were short but we managed to be there once. No whales had been sighted from shore for a few weeks but there were turtles sitting on the rocks outside. There was also...More

Thank Lennae J
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Reviewed February 6, 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

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Reviewed December 11, 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

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Reviewed December 10, 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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Stephanie H
July 25, 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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January 24, 2017|
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This is the best time of year!
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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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