Hōlanikū, or Kure Atoll, is more than 1,500 miles northwest of Honolulu and is the northernmost atoll of the archipelago. Therefore, Kure Atoll is the eldest in the chain of islands and atolls that make up Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, commonly known as the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, also colloquially referred to as the kūpuna (ancestral) islands.

Plants, Wildlife, Pests

Marine Life

Laysan Ducks


Kure Atoll Research Field Station

The State of Hawaiiʻs DLNR/DOFAW Kure Atoll Wildlife Sanctuary research field station facilitates a comprehensive wildlife habitat restoration and natural resources education program of research, education, and facility development that services management actions needed to protect and maintain native wildlife resources and ecosystem function at Kure Atoll Wildlife Sanctuary.