Marine research center proposed for Kawaihae Harbor

A whale swims close to a Kohala Blue boat earlier this month off the leeward coast of the Big Island. (Courtesy photo / Kohala Blue screen grab)
Conceptual illustration of proposed marine science center. (Hookuleana LLC/courtesy)

HILO — A nonprofit group dedicated to recording whale songs wants to build a marine science center at Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor, and it’s secured support from a number of political, Native Hawaiian and marine backers.