Explore the natural science, culture, and history of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center. Since most people might not visit these remote islands, the center in Hilo, Hawaiʻi brings the place to you and aims to spur greater awareness of the region and ocean conservation issues. Mokupāpapa features a 3,500 gallon saltwater aquarium, interactive exhibits, life-size models of Hawaiian wildlife, artwork inspired by the islands and Hawaiian culture, and many interpretive panels in both Hawaiian and English.
This visitor center provides a range of accessibility features for every visitor to enjoy the exhibits. Different learning styles are accommodated using activities, such as hands-on learning exhibits, audio chants, and a knot-tying station. Visit our website to learn more information about wheelchair mobility, service animals, sight and hearing impaired assistance, and sensory friendly assistance.
Mobility accessibility further information:
- Service dogs are always welcome at the Coastal Discovery Center. We follow the U.S. Department of Justice’s requirements for service dogs as listed under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Service dogs are defined as animals trained to provide assistance to a person with a disability.
- An accessible parking stall is available near the entrance.
- Wheelchair Accessibility
- Our facility is fully accessible and ADA compliant in terms of physical access, including wheelchair accessible areas, bathroom, elevator, doorways, and exhibit panel height. We have gone to great lengths to ensure all these accommodations.
- Our facility is in a historic, 115-year-old building and doors are not automated.
- Public restroom has wheelchair access.
- Bathroom sign is in braille.
Other accessibility information:
- Learning opportunities
- Mokupāpapa Discovery Center facilitates and accommodates different learning styles. Visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners are all accommodated. There are iPads, touchscreens, audio chants, and even some features visitors can touch to feel texture. We also provide a knot tying station to learn about knots. Hands-on learning is available for a wide age range of students and families. Our robotics programs facilitate hands-on construction of robots. Our newest exhibit will feature life size turtle models visitors can touch, spin blocks, and a museum friendly microscope.
- Exhibits are in Hawaiian and English, the two official languages of the state of Hawaiʻi.