Adopt a Beach

This community science campaign addresses the immediate threat of marine debris from Maui Nui Beaches and ocean while collecting vital data to support debris-mitigation measures.

Mauka to Makai

Mauka to Makai is a multifaceted and collaborative plan addressing West Maui ecosystem monitoring and restoration created in response to the August 2023 fires on Maui.

Marine Debris Monitoring Program

Maui visitors and residents commit to a one-time beach cleanup and report the types of debris collected for inclusion in our marine debris database.

Marine Animal Safety

In collaboration with key organizations, stakeholders and research partners, PWF helped establish a set of recommendations to keep both whales and watchers safe.
Photo credit: David Fleetham

RETHINK Single-Use Plastics

This important campaign champions alternatives to everyday single-use plastics, which represent one of the greatest debris dangers to marine mammals.

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Making Waves: Policies to Protect the Ocean

This five-part series examines major threats to whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife, what’s being done and what can be done at individual, community and global levels.

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The Last Straw

Due to the pervasive threat of marine plastic debris, we encourage the public to reduce single-use plastic consumption through a variety of sustainable lifestyle tips.

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advocacy efforts

We are actively engaged in advocacy work to promote public awareness, inspire action and influence legislation to advance our mission. Past successes include:

1

Captive cetacean ban

PWF was a vital contributor to the 2002 Maui County county-wide ban on the display of captive cetaceans.

2

Plastic ban bag

We provided science-based testimony in support of a plastic-bag ban in Maui County, resulting in the 2011 law prohibiting retailers from providing plastic bags to customers.

3

Superferry cessation

We played an active role in stopping operation of a high-speed, inter-island Hawaii Superferry in a critical humpback whale mating and calving area.