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.

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.