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Ke Kai Ola Volunteers

There are two different volunteer opportunities offered at Ke Kai Ola, our Hawaiian Monk Seal rescue and rehabilitation facility located in Kona, Hawaii. We have volunteer opportunities in Hawaiian Monk Seal response year-round and seasonal volunteer opportunities in animal care.

Response Volunteers

Each day Hawaiian Monk Seals spend a third of their time hauled-out and resting on beaches, which is normal and healthy behavior. Response Volunteers are responsible for assessing the health of monk seals hauled-out on the beach but more importantly assessing the beach use. If a Hawaiian Monk Seal is on populated beach, the Response Volunteers will educate and promote public awareness about Hawaiian Monk Seals and Ke Kai Ola's work. If a monk seal is injured, the Response Volunteers will also help rescue and transport the seal to the Ke Kai Ola facility.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Assessing the situation
  • Educating and promoting public awareness about the Hawaiian Monk Seal
  • Transporting sick or injured animals to Ke Kai Ola


  • Hawaiian Monk Seal 101 and Response Workshop (offered monthly)
  • To drive you must be atleast 21 years old, have a valid drivers license and clear a Motor Vehicle Report

Time Commitment
Response Volunteers sign up to be on call for a Hawaiian Monk Seal haul-out. Please note that there are only a few Hawaiian Monk Seals on Hawai'i so gaps of time between monk seal sighings in not uncommon.

Become a Response Volunteer!

If interested, please  contact the Response Manager at (808) 987-0765 or to express interest and learn more about this opportunity.

Animal Care Volunteers

Ke Kai Ola is dedicated to the medical care and treatment of sick and injured Hawaiian Monk Seals. We have volunteers that commit to one day a week and provide animal care to the Hawaiian Monk Seals we are working to rehabilitiate. So far, Ke Kai Ola has treated over 1% of the Hawaiian Monk Seal population. 

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparing and feeding the patients
  • Cleaning pens and pools
  • Cleaning and maintaining equipment and the facility

The first step to become an animal care volunteer is to attend Hawaiian Monk Seal Hubandry Class (offered twice a year)

We are not currently recruiting for Animal Care Volunteers.

Time Commitment
To Become an Animal Care Volunteer, you must commit to one day a week for a minimum of one year. This is a seasonal volunteer opportunity as we do not have patients onsite year-round.

If interested, please  contact the Hospital Operations Manager at 808.326.7325 or to express interest and learn more about this opportunity.

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