A successful Hawaiian monk seal recovery effort in the Main Hawaiian Islands begins with education. Both residents and island visitors need to be aware of responsible wildlife viewing guidelines, steps they should take if they encounter a Hawaiian monk seal, and how their actions may influence species recovery. Our current education efforts include: Public Service Announcements, outreach programs, school education programs, and information distribution to hotels, condos, and tourist locations.
The Monk Seal Foundation also hopes to inspire and help develop the next generation of Hawaii's research and conservation biologists. Through the Hō’ike ā Maka project, we have selected two Hawaii high school students to come into the field and actually participate in the research and collaborate with video analysis. This is a rare opportunity for students to witness Hawaii marine mammal research and conservation firsthand.