September 21–27

From Hawaiian monk seals basking on the shore and sea turtles frolicking beneath the surf to the majestic breach of a humpback whale, stunning images of marine wildlife numbering in the hundreds were recently submitted to Pacific Whale Foundation’s (PWF) Whale of a Photo Contest. From Sept. 21–27, YOU are invited to vote for your favorites among 12 finalists selected by a panel of PWF judges. Simply log on to and choose the photo(s) you feel best exemplify the importance of marine conservation and PWF’s vital work in this area.

The photo with the most votes/donations will be declared the winner on Sept. 28 and ​will grace the cover of Pacific Whale Foundation’s inaugural 2021 Marine Life Calendar. Donations start at as little as $1 but, there is no limit on the number of votes per entry, so vote as much as you like for your favorite! The funds raised allow PWF to continue its current research projects and influence management practices and protection policies of our oceans’ delicate ecosystems.

Be part of the solution and vote today! Most of all, enjoy this collection of spectacular images that truly capture the regal beauty of our ocean inhabitants.


September 25, 2:30pm HST

Join us for another LIVE virtual event with one of our very favorite friends, John Cruz, for this joyful moment on the water while raising critical funds for Pacific Whale Foundation. Thanks to our social enterprise and event sponsor, PacWhale Eco-Adventures, we are able to bring this soiree straight to you, wherever you may be across the globe. Help the Foundation continue its mission-critical work to protect the ocean through science and advocacy, and to inspire environmental stewardship through its current research that is influencing management practices of delicate ecosystems and protection policies. Let’s do some good together — and have a whole lot of FUN doing it! Price: $30 / $20 member.




Take Your Best Guess: First Whale Sighting 2020


Through September 25

In celebration of the humpback whales’ return and the upcoming whalewatching season, PWF invites ocean wildlife lovers from around the globe to enter our “Take Your Best Guess: First Whale Sighting 2020” contest. Predict the date and time you think the first humpback whale of the season will be spotted — from ANY private or commercial vessel or coastline vantage point — and you could win a swag bag brimming with PWF-branded products commemorating the nonprofit’s 40th anniversary and other goodies.

Entering PWF’s “First Whale” contest is as easy as submitting your best guess via email to [email protected] by midnight Sept. 25 in the following format:
First Whale Sighting 2020 (subject line)
John Doe (your name)
[email protected] (your email address)
10/09/20 (predicted date of first sighting)
08:20am HST (predicted time of first sighting)
Please enter your information into the body of the email in this exact format and order. Do not include any additional information, correspondence or images in your submission.

Don’t delay — enter today and help Pacific Whale Foundation welcome home the whales!



Looking for an easy, convenient way to support Pacific Whale Foundation’s mission to protect the ocean through science and advocacy, and to inspire environmental stewardship?

Throughout the month of September, use your Maika`i Card at all Foodland, Sack N Save and Foodland Farms stores to donate to PWF using code 77255 during Give Aloha, Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts Program. At the end of the program, PWF will receive 100% of dedicated donations in addition to a portion of Foodland and the Western Union Foundation’s $250,000 matching gift applied to participating nonprofits combined. So, stock up on essentials or your favorite Foodland grinds while helping PWF continue its vital conservation efforts.


Hawaii Visitor Update

UPDATED 9/24/20 -- We eagerly welcome visitors back to the islands as quarantine restrictions lift Oct. 15 for those following the state’s pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirements.