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Humpback Whales of Hawai'i
Hawaiian name: Kohola

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North Pacific Humpback Whales winter in Hawaiian waters where they mate, give birth and nurse their calves.

> How HWF works to help Humpback Whales

Supports National Marine Sanctuary for whales
Humpback whale and calf underwaterHWF worked to support the state's acceptance of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in 1997. HWF representatives continue to work with the Sanctuary Advisory Council and its working groups.

Teaches people about whales
HWF naturalists provide expert narration and interpretation on whale watches in the waters off Maui during the winter whale season. HWF partners with Kai Kanani Sailing to provide a teaching platform for students and professional presentations about marine life.

Conducts naturalist training courses
HWF conducts whale naturalist training classes each season as part of an education program at University of Hawai'i, Maui College.

> About Humpback Whales
North Pacific humpback whales are a conservation success story. During the last twenty years, the north Pacific humpback whale population has grown from approximately 2,000 to more than 21,000 whales.

During the winter breeding season, more than 12,000 humpback whales visit Hawaiian waters.

People and humpbacks are increasing their shared use of the same marine habitats. HWF works to support appropriate management of potential conflicts.

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