northwestern hawaiian islands

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MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands — Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life.

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Photos posted on social media indicate the public has been getting too close to Hawaiian monk seals, a critically endangered species protected by federal and state law, government researchers said in a new study.

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When Hurricane Walaka passed through the French Frigate Shoals as a category three hurricane last October, it left massive destruction of the coral reef, researchers recently found. Scientists also discovered an invasive algae overgrowing native corals and native algae at Pearl and Hermes Atoll.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa


President Obama is coming to the world conservation congress in Honolulu to herald the creation of the world's largest ecologically protected area, Papahanaumokuakea. The northwestern sweep of Hawai’i’s archipelago is a treasure for biologists, marine scientists, archaeologists, cultural practitioners, naval historians, and others.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports mysterious stone figures are among the items featured in a new exhibit at the Bishop Museum. 

Saving a Species, One Monk Seal at a Time

Apr 6, 2015
Flickr / Jim Mullhaupt
Flickr / Jim Mullhaupt

Two endangered Hawaiian monk seals have been nursed back to health at the Marine Mammal Center’s Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital. After spending the past five months at the Kona facility, they were recently returned to their home in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, this success story is important in maintaining the survival of this critically endangered species.