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Two Hawaiian monk seals sleeping on the beach.

With over 45 years of experience working with marine mammals, our efforts in Hawai‘i are critical to saving this endangered species. 

Researchers estimate about 30 percent of Hawaiian monk seals are alive today directly due to conservation efforts. This life-saving work is possible thanks to support from compassionate people like you.

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Taking Action at The Marine Mammal Center

two Hawaiian monk seal patients at Ke Kai Ola
photo by Elena Graham © The Marine Mammal Center / NOAA permit #18786

The endangered Hawaiian monk seal is one of the rarest seal species in the world, and conservation efforts are critical to their survival. Through direct animal care, community outreach, education and response, our dedicated staff and volunteers in Hawai‘i are working to save a species.

On Hawai‘i Island, we operate the only hospital dedicated to Hawaiian monk seals, Ke Kai Ola. Our team of experts relies on the Center’s many years of experience in marine mammal medicine and health to treat monk seals so they can be released back to the wild.

The Marine Mammal Center is the lead responder for Hawaiian monk seals on Hawai‘i Island, and we operate a 24-hour hotline at 808-987-0765. Every sighting reported provides valuable information to researchers, and our response teams are ready to respond if an animal needs emergency care.

We also work with organizations in Hawai‘i to support fishing communities in a transition to barbless hooks, a fishing method that drastically reduces the risk of damage if a Hawaiian monk seal becomes hooked.

Mahalo Nui Loa to Our Supporters and Partners

Mahalo nui loa to our many 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:

David Gray  |  Past Member of the Ke Kai Ola Capital Campaign Committee, Oahu Resident

Kathy Frost  |  Marine Mammal Biologist, Hawai’i Island Resident

Cindi Punihaole  |  Director, Kahalu`u Bay Education Center, The Kohala Center

Marjorie Ziegler  |  Executive Director, Conservation Council for Hawai’i

A Kuleana Green Business

Ke Kai Ola is a member of the Kuleana Green Businesses, a program that 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. 

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