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Hawaiian News: Monk

Bud Antonelis Bud Antonelis
Jeff Boehm Jeff Boehm
Monk seals Monk seals

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There are only about a thousand Hawaiian monk seals that live in the islands. So when even just one is in trouble, saving it is a big deal. Amy Kalili has more with efforts to help more seals here in Hawaiʻi.

The reason we need to save as many seals as possible is because when they become endangered, every seal becomes critical to the recovery of the species.

Bud Antonelis

National Marine Fisheries Service (Ret.)

Ma muli o kona kûlana ʻanehalapohe, mea nui kçlâ me kçia holoholona.

ʻO ka pilikia naʻe, ʻaʻohe wahi ma Hawaiʻi nei e kôkua ana i kçia mau holoholona.

But there is no facility in Hawaiʻi that can provide a high level of care to the seals.

Ua lilo kçia he pilikia no ko Molokaʻi i ka makahiki 2009, ka wâ i lawe ʻia ai kekahi o nâ sila Hawaiʻi i aloha nui ‘ia e ko laila.

This was a problem for Moloka‘i in 2009, when a beloved seal was taken.

Ua pilikia nâ maka o kçia sila no Molokaʻi a ua pono e lawe ʻia ʻo ia i Kaleponi no ka hoʻoponopono ʻia e nâ kauka holoholona ma laila.

The seal developed an eye problem and had to receive treatment in California.

Whether they're hit by a propeller, hook, caught in a net, those seals are gonna be injured and they need to be brought into captivity where they can be nurtured, brought back to health, then released back into the wild where they can contribute to the growth of the population.

Pono e mâlama ʻia nâ sila maʻi a ʻeha ma ke ʻano e polapola pono mai ai nô

i hiki ke hoʻokuʻu i ke ao kûlohelohe e ulu hou mai ai ka heluna o ia lâhulu.

Eia hoʻi, ke kûkulu ʻia he kikowaena hou ma Kona ma Hawaiʻi mokupuni, kahi e mâlama a hoʻôla ʻia ai nâ sila me kçia.

And a facility is being buit in Kona on Hawaiʻi-island for this purpose.

Now we have an opportunity to recover the species, take responsibility for the actions of the past, and build the Hawaiian Monk Seal population to a sustainable level. And the reason that's important not just for the monk seal, but for the habitat that we all share.

He ala kçia e hoʻoponopono ʻia ai ke ʻano o ko kâkou mâlama a hoʻoulu ʻana i kçia lâhulu. He kûpono no ke kaianoho holoʻokoʻa.

E kûkulu ʻia ana ka hale hou ma ka honua hoʻokolohua a hoʻomohala kiʻina ikehu kûlohelohe ma Kona.

The facility will be built at the Natural Energy Lab in Kona.

Na ko Kaleponi Kikowaena Mâmela Kai me ka Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund e hoʻoulu i ke kâlâ e kûkulu ʻia ai kçia hale, he ʻelua miliona ka nui.

California's Marine Mammal Center and the Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund will raise the

$2 million necessary to build the center.

An animal like a Hawaiian monk seal, like a California sea lion, they're animals that draw people in and in so doing they really open up the door for wonderful support.

Jeff Boehm

Exec. Director, Marine Mammal Center

He holoholona ka sila Hawaiʻi i aloha nui ʻia, no laila nui ke kâkoʻo.

No ke kôkua aku, e kele aku iâ marinemammalcenter.org

To learn how to help, visit marinemammalcenter.org

I think all of us are feeling optimistic about how we're going to move forward. This is a species that's down to almost a thousand animals, and without optimism, we shouldn't be in this business.

Hauʻoli mâkou a pau i kçia ʻano holomua. I loko o ka nui hana, lana ka manaʻo.

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