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Pacific Whale Foundation works to protect marine wildlife and the ocean environment through science and advocacy. You can help by supporting our research, education and conservation programs in Hawaii, Australia, Ecuador, Chile and other parts of the Pacific. Pacific Whale Foundation is a non-profit tax-exempt IRSC 501(c)(3) organization: federal tax ID number 99-0207417. Your donation is U.S. tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Thank you for your support. Click here to view our LEGACY WALL



Pacific Whale Foundation’s research efforts and funded projects are focused primarily in Hawaii, Australia, Ecuador, and Chile. Our research in Hawaii occurs in the four-island region of Maui, which includes the waters surrounding the islands of Maui, Kahoʻolawe, Lanaʻi, and Molokaʻi. We study humpback whales and numerous species of odontocetes using both systematic and opportunistic data collection methods. Some of our current studies are described below. LEARN MORE

Our Keiki Whalewatch program offers an opportunity for local schoolchildren to learn about our oceans by getting a closer look at the whales and other marine animals that live right here in their own backyard. The program is open to school groups from pre-K to high school, and for many participants, this is their first time seeing humpback whales from a boat. Since its inception, Keiki Whalewatch has introduced over 10,000 students to the wonders of whalewatching. LEARN MORE


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.