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Known to the native Hawaiians as ʻIlio-holo-i-ka-uaua, or "dog that runs in rough water," the Hawaiian monk seal is near the brink of extinction.

July 14, 2014

The First Patients Have Arrived at the Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital!

Four young Hawaiian monk seals, named Kūlia, Ikaika, Hāla‘I, and Maka’ala, have arrived at the Center's new hospital in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. The hospital is not officially open yet, but these first vulnerable animals were collected during a 26-day research mission in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Our $3.2 million facility, named Ke Kai Ola (The Healing Sea), is dedicated to the rescue and care of this critically endangered species. The hospital includes rehabilitation areas for newborn seals, larger pens and pools for juveniles, a quarantine area, as well as medical facilities and a patient food preparation kitchen. 

Read the full story of Kūlia, Ikaika, Hāla‘I, and Maka’ala.

Click on the links below to learn more about the Center's efforts to save the Hawaiian monk seal.

Hawaiian Monk Seal News
Read the latest news stories about the Hawaiian Monk Seal.
Why We're Involved
Find out about the Center's efforts to aid in the recovery of the Hawaiian Monk Seal.
New Kona Hospital
Follow the progress as the construction of the Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital nears completion.

Hawaiian Monk Seal Facts
Learn all about the Hawaiian Monk Seal, including their habitat, diet, and conservation status.
Adopt-a-Monk Seal!
Support our work by symbolically adopting KP2, a Hawaiian Monk Seal pup that was rescued in 2009.
Download Q&A
Find out more about the Hawaiian Monk Seal and the hospital we are building at Kailua-Kona.


Support the ongoing care of these endangered seals and all of the marine mammal species we rescue and rehabilitate.



The Marine Mammal Center Receives Disney Conservation Grant!

September 10, 2013

The Marine Mammal Center has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) in recognition of our efforts to save the Hawaiian monk seal from extinction.

“With only 1,100 Hawaiian monk seals left in the world, and a population declining at a rate of 3 - 4% each year, we must do everything we can to save this species. Building a dedicated rehabilitation hospital in Hawaii and working closely with the local community to inspire monk seal conservation, is a vital part of that effort. The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund provides critical funds at a critical time and we are incredibly grateful for their generous support.”

Dr. Jeff Boehm, Executive Director, The Marine Mammal Center.

This grant will help fund The Marine Mammal Center’s rescue and rehabilitation efforts to give sick, injured and orphaned Hawaiian monk seals a second chance at life. The grant will also support our ongoing scientific research and community education efforts, both of which are vital to the long-term conservation plan for this critically endangered animal.

The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund works to protect species and habitats, and connect kids to nature to help develop lifelong conservation values. Since its founding in 1995, DWCF has supported more than 1,000 conservation programs in 112 countries.

For information on Disney’s commitment to conserve nature visit

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The Marine Mammal Center is very proud to be a partner with Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Kona! This partnership helps us create awareness and raise support to save the critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal from extinction. It is an honor “ho`ohanohano” to partner with Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on this important endeavor.


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