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Department: Education

Leiana Coloma-Naho’oikaika

Leiana joined Pacific Whale Foundation in 2023 as an Education Specialist. Lei was born and raised on the island of ʻIhikapalaumāewa, where her curiosity for the natural world evolved. She developed a deep connection to marine life, intrigued by its interconnectedness to the ‘āina. As an Education Specialist, Lei hopes to instill the power of … Continued

Nicole Belknap

Upon Graduating from the University of New England, Nicole began her marine science career along the coast of Massachusetts and Maine observing the North Atlantic stock of Fins, Minkes, and Humpback whales. Continuing this path in 2018, Nicole accepted a position with Pac-Whale Eco Adventures as a naturalist and the migration to Maui in search … Continued

Lauren Spencer (she/her)

Lauren joined the Pacific Whale Foundation as a Marine Naturalist in 2021, later moving into the Education department as an Education Specialist in 2022. From a young age, Lauren has been passionate about nature and outdoor spaces, specifically the ocean, after watching movies Finding Nemo and Free Willy as a child. This love continued, leading … Continued