About HMAR

The HMAR Mission:  To undertake substantial actions that result in the preservation, recovery and stewardship of Hawaii’s protected marine species and the ecosystem we share.


Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR) is the largest Hawaii-based nonprofit marine species conservation and response organization. We support the islands of Oahu and Molokai with our team of dedicated volunteers, interns and staff that are supported by private donations, corporate funding and government grants. We work to achieve our mission through activity every day of the year that impacts our core objectives: (1) saving animals, (2) species management and recovery, and (3) growing an active and engaged public. Thousands of times each year, our field response, escalations, interventions, standing support and outreach activities help us move towards our vision of Hawaii’s ocean ecosystem shared in harmony by humans and protected marine species.


Our Work


We focus our efforts on protected marine species in Hawaii that are most likely to be encountered and affected by humans due to their natural behaviors and habitat. These animals include the rare Hawaiian monk seal, Green and Hawksbill sea turtles, Spinner dolphins, Humpback whales and several marine seabird species. In partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Department of Fish & Wildlife and the State of Hawaii, HMAR provides important species preservation, conservation and recovery support in several key ways:
  • Our Field Response and Survey Teams spend thousands of hours each year responding to sightings and searching for animals of concern to document their condition, identify potential health issues and record other data needed for species population and recovery research. We are involved in animal intervention activity, stranding support and marine animal rescue to enable medical treatment and rehabilitation. Our actions save protected marine animals from deaths and injuries caused by disease, hookings, entanglement in marine debris and potentially dangerous or inappropriate interaction with humans and pets.  We engage with the public to teach sustainable human,pet and fishery behaviors to improve public stewardship for these animals and long-term species recovery.
  • Our Outreach and Education Team works in schools, and with residents, visitors and commercial operators to teach people about Hawaii’s protected marine species and actions we can all take to support marine animal and coastal ecosystem conservation and stewardship.
  • Our Dispatch & Reporting Team manages telephone hotlines that receive thousands of calls every year from the public and government agencies so that we can mount the most appropriate field response action needed.  This team also records and shares data obtained by our Field Response Team with government research and species management partners to help conservation and recovery efforts.
You can help Hawaii’s protected marine species. Get involved. Volunteer, donate, share information and support. Mahalo for your help.



We are proud of our GuideStar “Platinum” Rating and our GreatNonProfits “Top Nonprofit” Standing. GuideStar and GreatNonProfits are two of the most respected independent rating agencies for non-profits in the United States. Learn how you can volunteer, donate or get involved with Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR). Click HERE to find out how.

“If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected.”
– Chief Seattle (Suwamish Tribe, 1786-1866)