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About Ke Kai Ola


Ke Kai Ola (The Healing Sea) is the name of the new Hawaiian monk seal healthcare facility that The Marine Mammal Center established at Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Ke Kai Ola: The Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital

"A dedicated monk seal hospital will give more pups a better shot at survival and adult seals a second chance when they need it! This is an essential part of our plan for their survival."

-- Charles Littnan, Lead Scientist, Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program, NOAA Fisheries Service.

Thanks to your extraordinary support, a dedicated hospital for endangered Hawaiian monk seals is now a reality! You helped us raise more than $3.2 million, allowing Ke Kai Ola to be built to give the best care possible to our Hawaiian monk seal patients!

Hospital Highlights:

  • Two pens with pools for juvenile and adult seals and two pens with pools for seal pups
  • Food-prep kitchen, medical lab, staff offices and education pavilion
  • Sustainable building materials
  • Extensive seawater filtration infrastructure for pools

Enjoy this slideshow of the new Hawaiian monk seal hospital in Kailua-Kona


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