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Participate in the 2017 Hawaiian Monk Seal Count

You can help researchers assess the population of endangered Hawaiian monk seals by participating in the 2017 Hawaiian Monk Seal Count on Saturday, May 20. With more than 100 beaches to cover on the Big Island of Hawai`i, we need your help counting seals so that researchers can assess species health.

On the day of the seal count, all you have to do is visit your confirmed beach (or beaches) from 9am-noon (you don’t have to stay the whole day!). If you see a monk seal, email or text a picture, the seal’s location and whether the beach is crowded or not. While the number of monk seals is important, individual body conditions can also tell us a lot about the species’ health and well-being.

No experience is necessary—just come to either of the overview meetings listed below and you’ll learn everything you need to know in about an hour.

Overview Meetings
May 15 at Ke Kai Ola 6pm-7pm
May 18 at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center 7pm-8pm

Please fill out the form below and our Hawaiian Monk Seal Response Manager will confirm your participation in this important count.

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Please check all of the beaches that you would like to monitor.

Pololu Valley Beach, Keokea Beach Park, Kapanai'a Bay (below Kapa'au), Kauhola Point (Kohala Lighthouse surf spot), 'Upolu Airport, Keawa'eli Bay, Pahoa Beach, Umi'wai Bay, Kauhala Point, Kapa'a Beach Park, Mahukona Harbor, Mahukona Beach Park, Lapakahi State Historical Park, Kaiholena (Sapphire Cove), Crystal Cove

Kawaihae Harbor, Kawaihae-Waikui Beach, Pelekane Beach (Pu'ukohola Heiau), Spencer Beach Park, Mau'umae Beach (Mauna Kea Beach Resort), Kauna'oa Beach (Mauna Kea Beach Resort), Hapuna Prince Hotel Shoreline Access, Hapuna Beach Recreational Area , Waialea Bay State Park (Beach 69), Puako Bay, Beach at Fairmont Orchid Hotel, Pauoa Bay Beach, Makaiwa Bay Beach, Holoholokai Beach Park (Mauna Lani Resort), 49 Black Sand Beach (Mauna Lani Resort), Honoka'ope Bay, Waikoloa Bay Beach (Hilton Resort), Coast area between Waikoloa Hilton and 'Anaeho'omalu Bay, 'Anaeho'omalu Bay Beach (A Bay), Kapalaoa Beach (walk south of 'Anaeho'omalu Bay)

Pueo Bay, Keawaiki Bay, Lonely Palm Beach, Kiholo Bay Beach, Waiaelepi Beach - South Kiholo Bay, Kaupulehu Beach (Old Kona Village), Beaches at the Four Seasons, Kukio Beach, Kikaua Beach, Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), Puu Alii Bay, Makalewena Beach , Mahai'ula Bay Beach (Kekaha Kai State Park) , Ka'elehuluhulu Beach (Kekaha Kai State Park), Makole'a Beach (black sand south of Kekaha Kai State Park), Ho'ona Fishing Village (lava pools by octopus farm in NELHA), Wawaloli Beach (area near NELHA right turn in the road), O'oma Beach (north of Pine Trees), Pine Trees Beach (south of NELHA), Kaloko Fish Ponds (Koloko-Honokohau NHS), 'Ai'opio Beach (Koloko-Honokohau NHS), Honokohau Small Boat Harbor, 'Alula Beach Park, Old Kona Airport Beach, Kamakahonu (King Kamehameha Hotel Beach), Kaiakeakua Beach (near Kailua pier/seawall), Wai'aha Beach (Honls Beach Park), Shoreline Access by Living Stones Church, Surfer access with parking area across Ali'i, Pahoehoe Beach Park, La'aloa Beach (Magic Sands, White Sands), Kahalu'u Beach Park, Makale'a Beach (south of old hotel), Keauhou Bay, Sheraton Hotel, End of the World


Kealakekua Bay - Napo'opo'o Beach Park, Kealakekua Bay - Manini Beach, Ke'ei , Hōnaunau (Two Step), Pu'uhonua O Hōnaunau NP (Place of Refuge), Kealia Beach - Ho'okena Beach Park, Pebble Beach , Miloli'i Beach Park, Honomalino Bay (south of Miloli'i),

Road to the Sea Black Sand Beach, Ka Lae (South Point), Papakōlea Beach - Mahana Beach (Green Sand Beach), Phoue Bay Beach, Mokuhonu Beach (island off coast), Kealaki'o Bay, Ka'alualu Bay, Whittington Beach Park, Punalu'u Black Sand Beach

New Kaimu Black Sand Beach, Kehena Black Sand Beach, MacKenzie State Recreation Area, Pohoiki Bay Beach (Isaac Hale Beach Park), Ahalanui Warm Springs, Kapoho Tide Pools

Honoli'i Beach Park, Coconut Island (Moku Ola), Keaukaha Beach Park, Reeds Bay, Onekahakaha Beach Park, James Kealoha Beach Park, Carlsmith Beach Park, Wai'olena Beach Park, Wai'uli (Leleiwi) Beach Park - Richardson's Ocean Center, Hilo Bayfront Beach Park

Honoli'i Beach Park, Kolekole Beach Park, Hakalau Bay, Waikaumalo Park, Laupahoehoe Point County Park, Waipi'o Bay, Waimanu Valley


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