Hawai‘i is paradise to millions of tourists every year. It is also a popular destination for one of the most majestic creatures of the sea: the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae). Every year from November through April, thousands of humpback whales can be seen breaching throughout the archipelago. Humpback whales, along with 20 species of whales and dolphins (or cetaceans) that make Hawai‘i their temporary or permanent home, are a large part of what makes the islands unique and vibrant.
Unfortunately, these animals are also vulnerable to the effects of natural processes and human activity. Every year, there are at least 25 strandings reported in Hawai‘i. While strandings are often fatal, many stranded animals can be saved with the volunteers and resources necessary to enable care and rehabilitation.
The Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) is part of University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM)’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). HIMB is a world leader in research to understand and conserve tropical marine ecosystems, and a dedicated team of HIMB researchers responds to every stranding in Hawai‘i. To advance its rescue efforts, research, and rehabilitation of animals stranded in Hawaii, HIMB is planning to open operations in a new cetacean stranding center in Kāne‘ohe Bay. Working in this center, also known as a “whale and dolphin hospital,” would help HIMB preserve and save the 20+ cetacean species that call Hawai‘i home.
In an effort to spread the spirit of Aloha, Honolulu Cookie Company has created the Whale Collection to bring attention to the care these marine species need and that HIMB can provide. Honolulu Cookie Company will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sales of their Whale Collection cookies to support HIMB’s stranding research and rescue efforts.
This partnership, however, still needs one more member: you.
HIMB’s dolphin and whale hospital is still in its infancy and needs a great deal of support. We hope you will consider donating by using the form below or by clicking here to help us protect and preserve the marine mammals that make Hawai‘i such a unique and vibrant ecosystem.