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Part of Hawaii Wildlife Fund's mission is to clean beaches and restore native habitat.


HWF's Hawksbill Recovery Project coordinator Luke Sundquist poses with a turtle phone booth during the 2018 International Sea Turtle Symposium he presented at in Japan.

MAUI, HAWAII - During sea turtle nesting season, which starts in June, HWF's staff and volunteers watch over sea turtle nests, patrol beaches and camp beside the nest to wait for the hatchlings to emerge. We protect the hatchlings' natural process as they emerge and crawl into the sea.

Want to help? Join us in one of our three projects: Dawn Patrol, Night Patrol or Nest Watch. Volunteers will work directly with Hawksbill Recovery Project coordinator, Luke Sundquist, who recently returned from the 2018 International Sea Turtle Symposium in Japan where he presented our findings.

To volunteer for our turtle projects this summer, please email Join our hardworking volunteer team and help shepherd the next generation of hawksbill sea turtles along this stage of their journey.



Our oceans need your help now

By Hannah Bernard, HWF Executive Director

Ocean pollution is a global problem, but we can help in our own backyard. Visitors to Hawaii can help, too. Start by checking your sunscreen label and choose non-nano zinc and/or titanium oxide which are reef-friendly ingredients.
   When we think of pollution we often think of trash. And HWF is certainly addressing that issue through beach and reef cleanups. But chemicals also hurt reefs and destroy water quality.
  What's bad for the reef is likely bad for us all. Our most recent effort has been to educate and persuade our elected officials to pass a ban on sunscreens that are hurting our reefs.

Hawaii Wildlife Fund works to protect our reefs on multiple levels.

Last year, HWF and our volunteers removed over 86,000 pounds of marine debris from Hawaii Island and Maui.

Our team spends a lot of time in the field but we also actively testify as expert witnesses and educate people about enacting laws to protect our island environment.
  We started by supporting community-based fisheries management areas, then we campaigned for Maui's plastic bag ban. We joined a lawsuit to prevent polluted wastewater from entering the ocean. And recently, HWF's efforts were integral to Maui becoming the first island to pass a polystyrene food container ban. And now, Hawaii Island has passed the same ban.  
   But we still need your support. Coral reefs are dying. We are witnessing that firsthand here in Hawaii. Federal funds that protect our ocean are being slashed. Now, more than ever, it's imperative that everyone get involved.
   You can help in your own backyard. You can also help by making a Donation today.

Me ke aloha pumehana,
- Hannah


For In lieu of flowers or a gift, you can donate on our website in the name of an individual, an event or a cause. Proceeds will go to HWF to help ensure a healthier ocean for future generations.

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