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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



#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Let’s come together to create a wave of generosity, citizen engagement, action from business and philanthropy, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

Now celebrating its 40th year as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the mission of Pacific Whale Foundation is to protect the ocean through science and advocacy and inspiring environmental stewardship. One-third of our funding is provided through our social enterprise, PacWhale Eco-Adventures – which has been closed since March 19 due to the COVID-19 crisis. Two-thirds is provided by people who believe in our work: Members, donors and marine mammal adopters. As we enter our third month of stay-at-home programming, we call upon our heroes to help this organization survive. We need help. Please, if you feel compelled by our work in research, education and conservation for the protection of the world’s whales, dolphins and other marine animals living wild in their natural habitat, give what you can today. Together, we are making a difference!


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.

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