Pacific Whale Foundation Podcast

Episode 3: PacWhale Eco-Adventures Explained

March 27th, 2020

As a social enterprise owned 100% by nonprofit Pacific Whale Foundation, PacWhale Eco-Adventures operates to help fund our global Research, Education and Conservation work. Here, operations directors Blake Moore (Maui) and Andrew Ellis (Hervey Bay) help explain.

Episode 2: A Voice For Whales – A Discussion With Selket Kaufman

March 26th, 2020

A film created over the course of two years by PWF staffer and acclaimed photojournalist Selket Kaufman, the 20-minute piece tells a story of hope and of “standing up for what you believe in, no matter the odds,” according to the filmmaker, who traveled to Tonga, Slovenia, Australia and the continental US to interview, friends, colleagues and people who knew him best to help tell the story of founder Greg Kaufman.

Episode 1: Meet Conservation Warrior Woman Shelby Serra

March 24th, 2020

In today’s PWF Podcast, Marketing & Development Director Kelly McHugh-White talks story with Conservation Coordinator Shelby Serra about RETHINK, COVID-19 and shutting off the faucet. Shelby’s passion stems from the delicate, interwoven ocean ecosystem and the human impacts that are affecting those systems. She coordinates environmental outreach and conservation messaging for the Foundation, identifying sustainability goals, and assisting with marine debris research studies.


Our thoughts go out to all that are being impacted by COVID-19. With a team dedicated to our response to this pandemic, we are meeting regularly to ensure the continuation of programs and services that allow our mission work to continue.

Pacific Whale Foundation’s leadership team is closely monitoring updates from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding COVID-19. We will continue to seek guidance from these agencies, public health officials and government agencies on an ongoing basis.

The role that our organization plays in keeping people connected for the sake of the environment is incredibly important in times like these. If we all take the proper precautions and continue to treat each other with kindness and care, we’ll get through this together.

How is PacWhale Eco-Adventures addressing COVID-19?

-Following guidance from Hawaii State and County officials, PacWhale is suspending Eco Tours and our Retail Store operations from March 20th – April 30th. 

- To support our employees, we are offering paid, temporary emergency sick leave, restricting all non-essential business travel, deep cleaning work areas, offering teleworking and flexible work schedules, and continuing to communicate updates and reinforce good hygiene practices.

How is Pacific Whale Foundation addressing COVID-19?

-Spring Break Ocean Camp has been cancelled.

-Keiki Whalewatches are being cancelled for the remainder of the season.

- Our marine research and conservation programs will continue to run without disruption.