Humpback Ocean Count Modified in 2021

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, the sanctuary is running the program without the normal participation of volunteers.
December 23, 2020

Newly Discovered Algae Infesting Hawai‘i’s Northwestern Waters

A fast-growing species of algae was discovered to be infesting Hawai‘i's northwestern waters.
July 07, 2020

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council to hold virtual meeting

The public is invited to virtually attend the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary advisory council GoToWebinar in a couple of weeks.
July 01, 2020

Handful of Confirmed Vessel Collisions With Whales Reported

Ocean users are asked to use caution when navigating shared waters.
March 10, 2020

Whales Abound in Hawaiian Waters, Counts Say

Although weather conditions were not ideal for viewing whales at the majority of sites, folks were still able to spot some whales in addition to other species.
March 01, 2020

New NOAA Research Vessel is Hawai‘i Bound

Design of the vessel is currently underway, and NOAA expects to award a contract for the construction of the ship by the end of the year.
February 11, 2020

Humpback Mother/Calf Pairs in ‘Abundance’ Near Sanctuary

Humpback whales are protected in Hawai‘i. Federal regulations prohibit approaching within 100 yards of whales when on the water and 1,000 feet when operating an aircraft.
February 03, 2020

Hundreds of Humback Whales Counted Along Hawaiian Island Shores

Sanctuary Ocean Count and Great Whale Count volunteers gathered to observe humpback whales from Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, and Maui.
January 26, 2020

Thousands of Pounds of Debris Removed from Ka‘ū Coastline

According to the HWF Facebook page, last year alone, HWF and volunteers removed over 55,000 pounds from remote and rocky shorelines on Hawai‘i Island (plus over 26,000 pounds from Maui).
January 21, 2020

Larval Fish Ingesting Plastic via Surface Slicks

After dissecting hundreds of larval fish, the researchers discovered that many fish species ingested plastic particles.
November 14, 2019