North West Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument
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N.W. Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument

A kayaker heads toward Midway, which is about to open the doors to a small-scale visitor program managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The atoll is part of Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument, dubbed the “Hawaiian Galápagos,” and was established in 2006 by President Bush. (Pamela Frierson / Special to The Los Angeles Times)
A monk seal finds a place to snooze amid the bottles, marine equipment and flotsam that the sea washes up on the shores of Laysan Island. (Pamela Frierson / Special to The Los Angeles Times)
On Kure Island, refuge Manager Cynthia Vanderlip catalogs material removed from the reefs in an effort to determine its origin. (Pamela Frierson)
Albatrosses rule the roost at Eastern Island, Northwestern Hawaiian Island Marine National Monument (Pamela Frierson / Special to The Los Angeles Times)
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