Research in Hawaii

Our research in Hawaii was initiated in 1980 and occurs in the four-island region of Maui, which includes the waters surrounding the islands of Maui, Kahoʻolawe, Lanaʻi and Molokaʻi. This area is a breeding ground for humpback whales belonging to the Hawai‘i Distinct Population Segment (DPS) and a variety of resident dolphin populations. We study these populations using both systematic and opportunistic data collection methods. Some of our current studies are described below.

Research activities conducted under MMPA/NMFS research permits. The drone operator holds an unmanned aerial system (UAS) license certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Please consider donating to our foundation so we can continue to employ Maui residents and conduct vital Research, Education and Conservation programs to protect the ocean and its inhabitants.

Disaster Response Funds

Hawaii Visitor Update

Aloha, We Are Open!  Our PacWhale Eco-Adventures are open for booking as we welcome visitors back to Maui.  Quarantine restrictions were lifted on Oct. 15th for those following the state’s pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirements.