UN: Hawaii marine monument a World Heritage site

HONOLULU (AP) - The United Nations has named a marine monument north of the main Hawaiian islands a World Heritage site. The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument is the only site in United States to make the list for both natural and cultural reasons.

Monument spokesman Dan Dennison said Friday the World Heritage Committee made the decision at a meeting in Brazil. Papahanaumokuakea consists of mostly uninhabited atolls northwest of the main Hawaiian islands and the waters surrounding them.

It's home to 69 percent of the coral reefs in U.S. territory and hosts several important Native Hawaiian archaeological sites. President George W. Bush made the area a national monument in 2006.

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