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Ke Kai Ola: The Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital

Calling all volunteers!
Ke Kai Ola has an immediate need for response volunteers. All new volunteers must attend training on January 17. Email for more information.

Ke Kai Ola response volunteers are responsible for a variety of duties including assessing the health of hauled-out monk seals, ensuring beach access remains open and safe for public use, and educating beachgoers about Hawaiian monk seals and Ke Kai Ola conservation efforts. If a monk seal is injured, the response volunteers also help rescue and transport the seal to the Ke Kai Ola facility.



In 2014, The Marine Mammal Center opened “Ke Kai Ola” (“The Healing Sea”) a hospital and education center dedicated to caring for injured, ill, and orphaned Hawaiian monk seals and returning them to the wild and to be a place where children and the community learn to care for this beautiful marine mammal. Our goal is to promote Hawaiian monk seal recovery through 1) a science-based rehabilitation program; 2) a highly trained and well-managed volunteer stranding response network; and 3) coordinated community efforts and partnerships to inspire the local community to protect, care for, and ensure the future of this endangered species.

If you spot a Hawaiian monk seal, call our 24-hour hotline to report the sighting at 808-987-0765.

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

About Ke Kai Ola
Learn about the new Hawaiian monk seal rehabilitation facility and its role in saving this endangered species.
About the Hawaiian Monk Seal
Learn all about the Hawaiian monk seal, including its habitat, diet, and conservation status.
Hawaiian Monk Seal News
Read the latest news stories about the Hawaiian monk seal.
Current Patients
Find out about current patients at Ke Kai Ola or get information about our past patients that have already been released back to the wild.
Book a Tour
To book general tours at 10am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, please go to Friends of NELHA and select the Ocean Conservation Tour.
Hawaii Educators
Learn about our middle school marine science program, Nā Kōkua o ke Kai, which is tailored to meet the unique needs of students in grades 6 through 8 and their teachers on Hawai’i Island.
Adopt-a-Monk Seal!
Support our work by adopting Kilo, a Hawaiian monk seal pup.
Hawaiian Monk Seal Videos
Learn more about the Hawaiian monk seal through these informative videos.
The Hawaiian Monk Seal Podcast
Learn about the history of the Hawaiian monk seal and the impact of the Center’s efforts to save this endangered species.



Mahalo Nui Loa to our Sponsors and Supporters!

Mahalo nui loa to our many other foundation, business, and individual supporters in Hawaii and off island. And special thanks to NOAA, the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Regional Office and the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Team for their critical support and partnership. We also are deeply grateful to the support and advice of our Ke Kai Ola Advisory Council.

Ke Kai Ola is a member of the Kuleana Green Businesses, a program which promotes ethical business practices and environmental stewardship throughout Hawai`i. Program members understand their kuleana (right and responsibility) to generate positive impacts in their social and natural environments. They set high standards of integrity, committment and respect in their engagement with employees, supporters, community, and the environment.

“The Marine Mammal Center is honored to receive the Kuleana Green Business Designation,” says Dr. Claire Simeone, director of Ke Kai Ola, the Center’s hospital and education center for Hawaiian monk seals. “We are guided and inspired by a shared vision of a healthy ocean for marine mammals and humans alike, which means we are committed to sustainable business practices in all areas of our work, from the hospital’s water filtration systems to the products we use in our classroom programs.”

You can make a difference to ensure the survival of the Hawaiian monk seal!
Consider a donation to save this endangered species.



For more information about our programs and how to be a supporter, please contact Claire Simeone at or (808) 326-7325. Mailing address for Ke Kai Ola is:

Ke Kai Ola | The Marine Mammal Center
73-4460 Queen Ka’ahumanu Hwy, Ste 112
Kailua Kona, HI 96740

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