The Hawaiian monk seal is a species in crisis. There are currently fewer than 1,100 seals remaining and their numbers continue to decline by 4% per year. The challenges they face are numerous including shark predation, human disturbance and habituation, fishery interactions, habitat loss, entanglement in marine debris, infectious disease, and even intentional killings. If the current population trends aren’t reversed, the population is expected to slip below 1,000 within the next few years.

Despite the many obstacles, there is hope. With focused protection and conservation efforts, the monk seal can be saved. Your support is urgently needed to help build the teams and programs that will save this very special species from extinction. Won’t you consider making a financial contribution or a commitment of time to ensure that the Hawaiian monk seal is preserved for generations to come.

Art Contest Winners

The Monk Seal Foundation and the Wyland Foundation are pleased to announce the winners of the first annual ‘Conservation through Art’ contest. We received nearly 200 amazing entries from students in grades K-12 across the state of Hawaii and as far as Conyers, Georgia.

Adopt a seal
Whether it's for yourself or as a gift for someone special, symbolically adopting a Hawaiian monk seal is a great way to learn more about them while also helping to support the Monk Seal Foundation's efforts to preserve one of Hawaii's greatest treasures (Temporarily Out of Stock).

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New Partnership

The Monk Seal Foundation is proud to be partnering with Makamae Hawai’i and entering the world of a Hawaiian classic: Macadamia Nut Shortbread Cookies. What’s particularly exciting is that Makamae Hawai’i is donating 50% of the profits from each cookie sold to the Monk Seal Foundation! The revenue earned from this new venture will improve our conservation programs aimed at saving this unique species from extinction. You can purchase these delicious cookies by visiting the Makamae Hawai’i website.


Are you ready to get involved as a volunteer? Whether you volunteer for an hour or make a commitment over many months, you can play an important part in Hawaiian monk seal recovery. To get started, we need to know a little more about you. Select the island where you wish to volunteer (Molokai, Oahu), complete our brief questionnaire, and we will contact you to discuss the opportunities available that best match your skills and interests. Mahalo nui loa!

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