Hawaii Marine Animal Response (HMAR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that counts on generous tax-deductible donations from people like you. You can help Hawaii’s marine protected animals and our ocean ecosystem through one or more of the following ways.

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  • How about adopting or memorializing one of our well-known Hawaiian monk seals?  Please click on the “Adopt or Memorialize a Monk Seal” tab above.
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The important work that HMAR does can’t be accomplished without significant expense each year for supplies and equipment. Your generous support by purchasing needed supplies or equipment from our Amazon Wishlist will help us save Hawaii’s marine protected animals and our critical ocean ecosystem.  Click below to go to our Amazon Wishlist where you can see products we need.  It’s easy and quick.  Just select and purchase the item(s) you wish to donate, Amazon will ship the items directly to us and you’ll receive a receipt for your tax deductible donation.


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Your $200 Donation Can Help Save Hawaiian Monk Seals!

Your donation lets you symbolically adopt or memorialize one of several special Hawaiian monk seals that call Hawaii home. And your donation goes directly to help fund HMARʻs field response, outreach, education, rescue and stranding support activity. We could not do what we do without your help.

Listed below are many of the Hawaiian monk seals that frequent Oahuʻs shoreline. If you know of a specific seal that you want to adopt or memorialize that isn’t listed below, please let us know HERE and we will do what we can to support your request.

Your adoption or memoriam includes:

  • An HMAR official Hawaiian monk seal adoption or memoriam certificate that you can print and proudly display at your home or office.
  • If you live on Oahu or are planning a visit, when you adopt or memorialize a Hawaiian monk seal, you get to “ride-along” with an HMAR staff member during a field response work shift.
  • Links to digital photos of the Hawaiian monk seal you adopt or memorialize to use as your computer desktop, phone home screen, your email signature or in many other ways.

Adopt or memorialize one of these well-known seals below. Please scroll to the bottom of the page for instructions to complete your Hawaiian monk seal adoption.



Benny (BEN-ee), who’s official ID is RE74, is a male Hawaiian monk seal that was born on Kauai in 2004.  Benny is seen in many places on Oahu such as Ala Moana, Ewa Beach, Turtle Bay, Ko’olina, White Plains, Kaena Point, Rabbit Island, Nanakuli and Maili. He had a hook surgically removed in December 2014 and another in October 2016 and has had several other hooks removed. He was captured and brought to the NOAA facilities from January 23 to January 26, 2015 to avoid an oil spill. Benny is a well-known seal on Oahu and is waiting to be adopted by you.

Holokai (sea farer)

Holokai (holo-KAI), who’s official ID is RG40, is a male Hawaiian monk seal born in the Turtle Bay area of Oahu on June 27, 2015.  His Hawaiian nickname means “sea farer.” He is seen in many places on Oahu including Turtle Bay, Kaena Point, Kahuku and other Oahu north shore locations.  After Holokai was weaned he was seen resting at his birth beach for many months.  As he got older, however, he has become a true sea farer and is seen all over the northern area of Oahu. Holokai is waiting for you to adopt him.

Honey Girl

“Honey Girl,” who’s official ID was R5AY, was first seen on Kauai in November 2002 when she was estimated to be 5 years of age. Before her death in 2020, she was often seen on Oahu’s north shore, Turtle Bay, Hau’ula and other windward Oahu locations.  Honey Girl was a large female and was considered by some to be the Hawaiian monk seal matriarch on Oahu due to her giving birth to 12 pups over the years. She pupped in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019. Several of her pups have not survived. She had fish hooks removed in 2003, 2012 and 2016. Honey girl was a real survivor and the community mourned her death. You can memorialize Honey Girl now.


“Aukai” (OU-kai), whose official ID is RL12, is a female Hawaiian monk seal that was born on Rabbit Island in 2012. Her mother is originally from Molokai where her siblings reside. She is usually seen on the west side of Oahu in places such as Ko’olina, Tracks Beach, or Nanakuli. She regularly gives birth around Oahu and is one of Oahu’s best moms. Aukai is waiting to be adopted by you.

Ikaika (strong or strength)

“Ikaika” (ee-KAI-kah), whose official ID is RM31, is a male Hawaiian monk seal born on Oahu in 2020. His Hawaiian nickname means “strong” or “strength.” He is a curious guy who likes to explore and can be found in several areas of Oahu including Kaena Point, Mokuleia, Maili, and Waianae. As he continues to get older, we look forward to finding out where else he will travel. Ikaika is waiting for you to adopt him.

Nohea (lovely)

“Nohea” (no-HAY-ah), whose official ID is RM26, is a female Hawaiian monk seal born on Oahu in 2020 to “Kaiwi,” RK96. Her Hawaiian nickname means “lovely.” She is a feisty girl who has captured the hearts of the community who rallied around her to ensure she grew up safe and healthy. Nohea is commonly spotted along the southeast section of Oahu in such places as Alan Davis and Sandy Beach. Nohea is waiting to be adopted by you.


“Kaena” (kah-ENNA), whose official ID is RO40, is a male Hawaiian monk seal born in 2006 at Kaena Point. Kaena is rarely seen outside of Kaena Point State Park. Since 2006, he has received several cookie cutter shark wounds and has had at least 3 fishing interactions resulting in him getting hooks that either worked their way out on their own or required an intervention to remove them. Kaena is waiting for you to adopt him.


“Ka’ale” (kah-AH-lay), whose official ID is RH32, is a male Hawaiian monk seal born in 2016 in Mokuleia and his mom is R912 “Nihoa.” He is commonly seen around Oahu’s west side at places such as Kahe Point, Tracks Beach, Pokai Bay, or Maili. Ka’ale is a mischievous seal who enjoys interacting with other seals in the area. He has been hooked several times and in 2018 he was collected and taken in for treatment. He recuperated well and was released back into the wild after recuperation. Ka’ale is waiting for you to adopt him.

Kalaʻi (calm, peaceful, tranquility)

“Kala’i” (kah-LAH-ee), whose official ID is RL20, is a male Hawaiian monk seal born in 2019 in Mokuleia to RN58 “Luana.” His Hawaiian nickname means “calm,” “peaceful,” or “tranquility.” Kala’i, like so many before him, has chosen to become a west side Oahu seal.  He is mostly seen near Maili, Pokai Bay, and in Waianae. He is a survivor and has already encountered several hooks and an injury to his neck that gave him a distinct scar we use to help us confirm his ID. Kala’i is waiting for you to adopt him.

Kaimana (diamond)

“Kaimana” (kai-MANA), whose official ID is RJ58, was famously born at Kaimana Beach in Waikiki in 2017 to RH58 “Rocky.” Her Hawaiian nickname means “diamond.” Her birth marked the first time in recorded history that a Hawaiian monk seal was born in Waikiki. During her rearing process, she and her mom were streamed live for the world to see and people grew to love them. So much so that when she got stuck inside the nearby natatorium it made the news! Soon after her weaning, for her safety, she was relocated to an undisclosed location where she has continued to thrive. She shows up once or twice a month at a variety of locations along Oahu’s shoreline. She can be spotted anywhere from west Kaena Point to Kahe Point and north to Kawela bay. There are even reports of her on the east side from time to time. Kaimana is waiting to be adopted by you.


“Kaiwi” (kah-EE-vee), whose official ID is RK96, is a female Hawaiian monk seal born on Oahu in 2011. Her Hawaiian nickname was chosen because she was born in the area on Oahu called the Kaiwi Shoreline. Her mother is RO10 “Irma” and she is one of our Oahu moms. She has given birth to several healthy pups, and most recently gave birth a pup right on Waikiki beach in 2021! Kaiwi is commonly seen on Waikiki Beaches but from time to time enjoys a few secluded spots along the southeastern shore. Kaiwi is waiting for you to adopt her.

Kawena (rosy reflection in the sky)

“Kawena” (kah-VENA), whose official ID is RH36, is a female Hawaiian monk seal born on Oahu in 2016 and her mom is RK96 “Kaiwi.” She is the big sister to both Nohea and Wawamalu. Her Hawaiian nickname means “rosy reflection in the sky.” Like her mother, she is rarely seen near where she was born and instead chooses the west side of Oahu as her preferred area. She is usually seen near Maili or Waianae. Kawena started out a bit smaller than most pups we see on Oahu but has since grown into a beautiful seal who we observe actively foraging and interacting with other seals. Kawena is waiting to be adopted by you.

Keolakai (life, the health and well-being of the sea)

“Keolakai” (kay-OLA-kai), whose official ID is RK80, is a female Hawaiian monk seal born on Oahu in 2018 and is one of R5AY “Honey Girl’s” many pups. Her Hawaiian nickname means “life, the health and the well-being of the sea.” Keolakai is usually found on secluded beaches along the James Campbell Wildlife Refuge. In 2019, she was spotted with plastic around her muzzle and had to have a team remove the hazard. As one of only two of Honey Girl’s remaining pups, we are hopeful she will continue to thrive and carry on her mother’s legacy. Keolakai is waiting for you to adopt her.

Kolohe (rascal, mischievous)

“Kolohe” (koh-LOW-hay), whose official ID is RW22, is a male Hawaiian monk seal born at Mokuleia on Oahu in 2008. His Hawaiian nickname means “rascal” or “mischievous.” Kolohe can be found all over Oahu! He ranges from Ko’olina to Kaena Point and can even be found in Waikiki from time to time. He has a very distinct birthmark (white patch) on his fur behind his right fore flipper that helps us ID him. He is an adventurous seal and he is waiting for you to adopt him.

Lei Ola

“Lei Ola” (lay-OLA), whose official ID is RH48, is a female Hawaiian monk seal born in the Turtle Bay area of Oahu in 2016 to RT10 “Ua Malie.” Lei Ola is a secretive seal that prefers rocky haul-out locations away from people. She can usually be found near Maili or Makua. Due to her preference for rocky haul-out locations, she holds the record on Oahu for having a hook for the longest amount of time before a team could intervene safely and remove it. She has also only been sighted outside of this area once and it was on Maui! Lei Ola is waiting for you to adopt her.


“Luana” (LU-anna), whose official ID is RN58, is a female Hawaiian monk seal born in Mokuleia in 2013 to R912 “Nihoa.” She is usually spotted near Mokuleia or inside Kaena Point State Park. She and her sister share a birth beach and return there to pup, sometimes making it hard to tell their pups apart. Luana is waiting to be adopted by you.

Mele (song or to sing)

“Mele” (MAY-lay), whose official ID was RM90, was a female Hawaiian monk seal born in 2020 and we do not know who her mother was. Her nickname meant “song” or “to sing.” Mele was commonly seen on the east side of Oahu and enjoyed finding new places to haul out. Mele was a very special seal and in 2021 was taken in for rehabilitation due to being underweight. She recovered and was released on the east side of Oahu. Sadly, she was found deceased in late May 2021. You can memorialize Mele now.

Right Spot

“Right Spot,” whose official ID is R016, is a female Hawaiian monk seal of unknown age or origin. She was first spotted on the Big Island in 2003 as an adult and then made her way over to Oahu. She has a large range and can be found around Turtle Bay, Sunset Beach, Baby Makapuu, and Sandy Beach at times. While we don’t know where Right Spot is originally from, we do know that she gives birth in Kalaupapa, Molokai where most of her pups remain today. Right Spot was named for the distinct birthmark (white patch) on her lower right side. Right Spot is waiting for you to adopt her.


“Rocky,” whose official ID is RH58, is a female Hawaiian monk seal born on Kauai in 2000. She is seen in many places on Oahu such as Ala Moana, Ewa Beach, White Plains and Waikiki. She is one of our monk seal “rock star” moms who usually leaves Oahu to give birth in Kauai but in 2017 she famously gave birth at Kaimana Beach in Waikiki to RJ58 “Kaimana.” This helped pave the way for a new generation of monk seal enthusiasts around the world. Rocky is waiting for you to adopt her.


“Sadie,” whose official ID is RB12, is a female Hawaiian monk seal born on Rabbit Island in 2007 to RS00 “Ewa Girl.” Sadie preferred staying on the islets off Oahu until 2018 when she started to frequent the east side of Oahu. She still returns to the islets to give birth and in 2020 she and her daughter RF34 “Pua” both birthed at the same location. Sadie is waiting for you to adopt her.


“Wāwāmalu” (WA-WA-malu), who’s official ID is RK24, is a male Hawaiian monk seal born on 4/23/2018 to RK96 “Kaiwi” on Oahu. He is the older brother of “Nohea” and is still mostly seen along the southeastern coast of Oahu. In August of 2018, he was spotted with fishing line wrapped around his neck and an intervention was needed to remove the line. He quickly went back to resting on his back in his favorite tide pools. Wāwāmalu is waiting to be adopted by you.

Pohaku (rock)

“Pohaku” (po-HAKU), whose official ID was RO28, was born on Kauai in 2006. Before her death in 2020, she was often seen on Oahu’s west side in places such as Ko’olina, White Plains, and Ewa Beach. Her Hawaiian nickname meant “rock.” Pohaku was considered by some to be one of the most popular seals that lived on Oahu. She was a large female seal who would leave Oahu most years to give birth on Kauai. Sadly, at the beginning of 2020, she contracted Toxoplasmosis and even though a team of people did everything they could to save her, she succumbed to the disease on 4/1/2020 after 10 weeks of treatment. You can memorialize Pohaku now.


“Squinty,” whose official ID is R330, is a male Hawaiian monk whose birth date and location is unknown. Squinty is commonly sighted in Mokuleia or inside of Kaena Point State Park. He nickname is due to his opaque left eye which makes it look like he is squinting. This energetic seal is often seen interacting or resting near yearling pups after their mothers have departed. Squinty is waiting for you to adopt him.


“Leihilo” (lay-HEE-lo),whose official ID is RP30, is a male Hawaiian monk seal born at Mokuleia on Oahu in 2021. He was gifted his name by Hawaiian immersion school children. His name was given because he was born during a Hilo (new) moon. Another meaning of Hilo is to twist and twine together for cordage. Lei is also figurative for a beloved child, and this double meaning of lei hilo relates to the interactions observed between this pup and his mom and the intertwining of that relationship.


“Wailea” (why-LAY-ah), whose official ID is RJ30. is a female Hawaiian monk seal who was born in 2017 on one of the Mokulua Islets off the coast of Oahu around 5/18/2017 to RK60 “Nani.” She can still be found most on offshore islets around Oahu. Wailea’s name is very special and she was gifted her name by native Hawaiians. Her name is based on the location of her birth and the name of the Hawaiian goddess that looks after that area. Wailea is waiting for you to adopt her.

Lōliʻi (to be at ease, relaxed)

“Lōliʻi” (low-LEE-ee) whose official ID is RP96, is a male Hawaiian monk seal who was born on a busy Waikiki beach in April 2021. He is only the second seal born in Waikiki in documented history. His Hawaiian nickname means “to be at ease” or “relaxed.” His mother, RK96 (“Kaiwi”), usually gives birth to her pups in a secluded area of Oahu. When he was born, and during the time he was with his mom in Waikiki, Lōliʻi drew large crowds of people and was a news sensation just like the previous pup born in Waikiki (“Kaimana”) in 2017. Similar to Kaimana, after he was weaned, Lōliʻi was relocated to a remote area of Oahu where he can grow up wild and where the safety of this seal and the public can be maximized. As part of the relocation process, a satellite tracker was attached to his back and this device will fall off when he goes through his upcoming annual molt when he will naturally loose his fur and top coat of skin to be replaced with brand new fur. Lōliʻi is waiting for you to adopt him.

Here’s how to adopt or memorialize one of these special and rare Hawaiian monk seals:

  1. Click on the blue DONATE NOW button in the upper right corner of this page.
  2. When the donation window opens, enter $200.00 (or more if you wish)
  3. Then choose to make your donation using your PayPal account or by using your credit card.
  4. When you choose your method of donation, a form will appear for you to enter your payment information.
  5. Just below the donation amount, but above the form, there is a box to enter a comment, in the box type in “Adopt Benny,” or “Adopt Holokai,” or “Memorialize Honey Girl.”
  6. Then complete the form with the requested information and submit your donation.
  7. You’ll be emailed your adoption or memoriam certificate and a link to digital photos of your special Hawaiian monk seal.
  8. Mahalo nui for your support.