Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR) is the largest Hawaii-based nonprofit marine species conservation, education, field support, rescue and stranding response organization.

Our mission is to undertake substantial actions that result in the preservation, recovery and stewardship of Hawaii’s marine protected species and the ocean ecosystem we share. Thousands of times each year, our outreach, field response, interventions, rescue and stranding support activities help us move towards our vision of Hawaii’s ocean ecosystem shared in sustainable harmony by humans and marine protected animals such as Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles, dolphins, whales and seabirds.

Watch our overview video to learn about HMAR, the work we do, and why we do it.


We focus our efforts on Hawaii’s marine protected species that are most likely to be encountered and affected by humans due to their natural behaviors and habitat. Our programs have a direct and positive impact on both the causes and the effects of the key threats to these animals. Click on the box below to learn more about who we are, what we do, and how you can help.


You can directly help protect Hawaii’s marine animals and our shared ocean ecosystem through donations or purchasing needed supplies and equipment from our wishlist. You can also do rewarding work as part of our volunteer, intern or staff team or maybe you want to adopt a Hawaiian monk seal. Click the box below to learn more.


Thousands of times each year we respond in the field to help Hawaii’s protected marine animals and to teach others how they can help.  Often, it starts with a call from someone who reports a protected marine animal that may be helped with some attention from our team. Learn how to report sightings of Hawaii’s marine protected animals or animals that may need help. Thank you in advance for taking the time to contact us.

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