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October 26, 2020

State Warns of Increase in Harmful Monk Seal Hookings and Feedings

The Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources' Division of Aquatic Resources is concerned about a recent increase in harmful interactions between fishermen and monk seals. This year, 24 monk seal hookings already have been reported on O’ahu.
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September 11, 2020

State and Federal Authorities Seek Information on Monk Seal Death

State and federal authorities are investigating the death of a juvenile Hawaiian monk seal found deceased in the Anahola area of Kaua‘i on Thursday.
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June 16, 2020

Three Incidents in Three Days Prompts Reminder Not to Disturb Hawaiian Monk Seals

The state is reminding the public not to disturb endangered Hawaiian monk seals after learning of three incidents in as many days. 
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February 27, 2020

Monk Seal Transferred from O‘ahu to Hawai‘i Island Rehabilitation Facility

The monk seal, Pōhaku, was rescued by federal wildlife officials in January near Ko Olina. She was diagnosed and is being treated for toxoplasmosis, a disease that results from infection with the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, one of the world's most common parasites. 
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August 28, 2018

Hawai‘i Visitor Fined for Harassing Monk Seal and Turtle

A visitor to Hawaiʻi was fined $1,500 for harassing a monk seal and sea turtle on Kauaʻi and then posting videos with the protected marine species online.
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August 01, 2018

Hawaiian Monk Seal Deaths on Moloka‘i Under Investigation

This brings the total deaths believed to be from human inflicted trauma on Molokaʻi to eight, since 2009.
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June 20, 2018

Recent Hawaiian Monk Seal Deaths Linked to Toxoplasmosis

Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson said that since cats are the only animal that transmit the toxoplasmosis, it "only makes sense" that reducing the number of feral cats will reduce the risk of infection and serious illness or death in other animals.
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June 13, 2018

Investigation Launched Into Suspicious Monk Seal Death on Moloka‘i

The juvenile female monk seal, ID RJ42, was found dead by community members on May 31, 2018 on the west end of Kawaʻaloa Bay in Moʻomomi.
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September 08, 2017

Hawaiian Monk Seal Pup Okay After Being Hooked

The monk seal pup named Kaimana, who became a public and media darling after being born on the popular Waikīkī beach of the same name was hooked on Labor Day.
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July 26, 2017

Kaua‘i Man Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison in Monk Seal Harassment Case

Shylo Kaena Akuna was sentenced to four-years in prison for harassing a Hawaiian monk seal at Salt Pond Beach Park in Hanapēpē back on April 26, 2016.
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July 07, 2017

Monk Seal Mother May Become More Aggressive

State officials have issued a reminder to the public saying an endangered Hawaiian monk seal may become more aggressive as she continues to nurse her offspring.
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June 30, 2017

Monk Seal Gives Birth to Newborn Pup in Waikiki

A Hawaiian monk seal and her newborn pup are getting some extra attention as the baby seal is weaned over the next 5 to 7 weeks at Kaimana Beach in Waikiki.
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March 07, 2017

Death of Endangered Monk Seal Considered Suspicious

This is the first reported suspicious death of a monk seal since 2014, when there was one death on O‘ahu and one on Kaua‘i. Law enforcement authorities have...
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March 01, 2017

Kīhei, Māla Talk Story Sessions on Marine Protected Areas

To help educate Maui’s ocean users about rules and conduct toward humpback whales, monk seals, sea turtles, and other marine protected species, state conservation officers will conduct talk story sessions at Kīhei and Māla boat ramps this weekend.
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April 29, 2016

Kauaʻi Man Arrested in Connection With Monk Seal Beating

An arrest has been made in connection with the beating of a pregnant monk seal on Kauaʻi, reported earlier this week.
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