HOK's Outreach Coordinator, Sanna, is joining the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program on a journey to the North Western Hawaiian islands (NWHI) in the Papahānaumokuāea Marine National Monument to study the Hawaiian Monk Seals this summer!
The Hawaiian Monk Seal is one of the most endangered species in the world and the objective of the trip is to monitor and assess the seal populations in the North Western Hawaiian Islands.
Sanna is spending the month of June training with the program and preparing to deploy in mid-July to Lisianski Island with two other team members. She will likely spend her days walking the shores of the 384 acre island, counting monk seals, and assessing their health.
Sanna is really excited for the opportunity to be a part of the conservation efforts of the seals and be able to share her experiences when she gets back to Oahu in mid-October. Stay tuned for stories and photos of her journey at our Second Saturday Outreach Series in November! If you want to read more about the Hawaiian Monk Seals and the field camps in the NWHI click here. You can also send your messages of support to Sanna directly!
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The mission of Hui o Ko`olaupoko is to protect ocean health by restoring the `aina: mauka to makai. This is done in partnership with stakeholders including interested citizens, non-governmental organizations, government, educational institutions and businesses while using and focusing on sound ecological principles, community input, and cultural heritage.