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Marine Life Conservation Districts in Hawaii

Information about Marine Life Conservation Districts established by the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).

The State of Hawaii has established marine life conservation districts at 11 sites on the islands of Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, Lanai, and Molokini. Offshore activities are restricted in those areas in order to preserve and protect Hawaii's underwater reefs and marine life. Swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving are permitted inside the conservation districts but activities such as fishing, and collecting living materials and non-living habitat materials are restricted or prohibited.

Oahu Marine Life Conservation Districts

Hanauma Bay MLCD
The Hanauma Bay Marine Life Conservation District is about 101 acres in size and it was established in 1967 as Hawaii Aquatic Resource (HAR) 13-28. It is located on Oahu's south shore, east of Honolulu, about a 15 minute drive from the Diamond Head end of Waikiki. Hanauma is the most visited snorkeling destination on the island of Oahu. Arrive early because the parking lot can fill up early on busy days. Facilities at Hanauma Bay include a visitors center, gift shop, large parking lot, toilets, showers, and a snack bar.

Pupukea MLCD
The Pupukea Marine Life Conservation District was established in 1983 as Hawaii Aquatic Resource (HAR) 13-34. It is located on the north shore of Oahu, and it includes most of the shoreline between Waimea Bay Beach Park and the north end of Pupukea Beach Park. It includes the popular diving and snorkeling areas known as Three Tables and Shark's Cove, but it does not include the tide pool area within Pupukea Beach Park. Fishing and seaweed gathering are allowed to a limited extent but restrictions must be strictly observed. There are toilets and showers inside Pupukea Beach Park.

Waikiki MLCD
SIZE: 76 acres
HAR: 13-36
ESTABLISHED: 1988
FACILITIES: Snack bar, toilets, showers
LOCATION: Diamond Head end of Waikiki Beach from the Kapahulu Groin to the west wall of the Natatorium.

Big Island Marine Life Conservation Districts

Kealakekua Bay MLCD
SIZE: 315 acres
HAR: 13-29
ESTABLISHED: 1969
FACILITIES: toilets and showers in Napoopoo Beach Park.
LOCATION: West coast of Hawaii Island near the town of Captain Cook. About 30 minutes south of Kailua-Kona town. Only access by car is from Napoopoo Beach on the bay's east shoreline.

Lapakahi MLCD
SIZE: 146 acres
HAR: 13-33
ESTABLISHED: 1979
FACILITIES: toilets
LOCATION: Northwest coast of Big island, about 123 miles north of Kawaihae.

Old Kona Airport MLCD
SIZE: 217 acres
HAR: 13-37
ESTABLISHED: 1992
FACILITIES: toilets and showers
LOCATION: West coast of Hawaii Island just west of Kailua-Kona Town.

Waialea Bay MLCD
SIZE: 35 acres
HAR: 13-35
ESTABLISHED: 1985
FACILITIES: None
LOCATION: West coast of the Big Island in the southern part of Kawaihae bay

Waiopae Tidepools MLCD
SIZE: Unknown
HAR: 13-38
ESTABLISHED: 2003
FACILITIES: None within the district. Closest facilities are inside Ahalanui beach Park, about 1.5 miles south of the district.
LOCATION: Southeast coast of Big Island, about one hour south of the Hilo Airport.

Maui Marine Life Conservation Districts

Honolua-Mokuleia MLCD
SIZE: 45 acres
HAR: Unknown HAR#
ESTABLISHED: 1978
FACILITIES: None
LOCATION: 10 miles north of Lahaina on Highway 30

Molokini Shoal MLCD
SIZE: 77 acres
HAR: Unknown
ESTABLISHED: 1977
FACILITIES: None
LOCATION: Crescent shaped islet 3 miles off of Maui's southwest coast

Lanai Marine Life Conservation District

Manele-Hulopoe MLCD
SIZE: 309
HAR: Unknown
ESTABLISHED: 1976
FACILITIES: Toilets and showers
LOCATION: Two adjacent bays on the south coast of the island of Lanai, about eight miles fromLanai City.



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