The Kure Atoll is located in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands where far fewer people go than the main islands of Hawaii. This special place is part of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.
From the Photographer:
“Very little marine debris washes up in this area. “
Photo taken June 28, 2004 by Dr. Dwayne Meadows, NMFS/OPR, from NOAA’s Sanctuaries collection.
Designated as a National Monument, access to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, including Mokumanamana pictured here, is extremely limited and rarely seen. read more
A beautiful ocean sunset seen from Hawaii’s lesser seen and rarely visited northwestern-most island, Kure Atoll. read more
A spectacled parrotfish (Chlorurus perspicillatus) edges its way along coral reef in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, Hawaii, looking for food to munch as columns of light from above scribe patterns of white and blue on the sea floor. read more