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The Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge islands are uninhabited, and entry is by permit only. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel visit the islands infrequently. Permitted scientists, researchers and cultural practitioners  visit the islands to conduct monitoring, research and cultural activities. From Honolulu, the islands are only accessible via multiple days ship voyage. All activities and entrance into the refuge require a permit. Please review the Papahānaumokuākea's permitting program website for more information.  

View Papahānaumokuākea's Permits


Internet users can virtually visit the remote islands and atolls of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, including several units of the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge using Google Street View. Visitors can stroll among millions of seabirds and various historic sites on Midway Atoll, or encounter monk seals and green sea turtles basking along the shores of Lisianski and Laysan islands.

To view the incredible imagery, follow these links:

Tern Island (French Frigate Shoals)

East Island (French Frigate Shoals)

Laysan Island

Lisianski Island

Pearl and Hermes Atoll

Midway Atoll

Interactive Map Tour of Papahānaumokuākea

Visit each island within Papahānaumokuākea to learn a bit about its special features and history using our interactive map.

View Interactive Map


Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge
C/O Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument300 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 5-231Honolulu,HI96850