Hawaii Marine Park Added To World Heritage Site List (PHOTOS)

08/03/2010 09:00 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Hawaii's Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument has been named a U.N. World Heritage site, according to USA Today.

The monument is the only U.S. location to make the list for natural and cultural reasons, according to Dan Dennison, a monument spokesman. It is the first U.S. site to be added in 15 years, joining the Grand Canyon and Statue of Liberty 20 others. There are 890 sites in total.

Papahanaumokuakea lies northwest of the main Hawaiian islands and consists of uninhabited atolls and 69% of the coral reefs in the U.S. The area also boats 7,000 marine species. The area also has Mokumanamana, which has a string of 34 ancient shrines.

Papahanaumokuakea is the 100 times larger than Yosemite and is the nation's largest conservation area.

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