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Papahanaumokuakea talk Jan. 28 at Lyman

Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM) is the single largest conservation area under the U.S. flag, and one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. Stretching 1,200 miles past the island of Niihau, the monument encompasses an area of 140,000 square miles and is home to some 7,000 marine species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world.

Learn about this special and priceless far-flung site at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at the Lyman Museum in downtown Hilo.

In 2010, the monument was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for both its natural and cultural value. Guest speaker Nakoa Goo is program coordinator for the Mokupapapa Discovery Center, the primary education and public outreach facility for the PMNM.

“Join us this evening as he shares information and images from this extraordinary part of our archipelago, and about the people who help protect it for future generations,” said a Lyman spokesman. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; event starts at 7 p.m. Cost is $3 for nonmembers, free to museum members.

The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum is located at 276 Haili St. in Hilo. Additional parking is available behind the museum at Hilo Union School. For additional information, call 935-5021 or visit


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