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Ke Kai Ola

Ke Kai Ola is the Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital located on the Big Island of Hawaii.

What is Ke Kai Ola?

  • In 2014, The Marine Mammal Center opened “Ke Kai Ola” (“The Healing Sea”) which is a hospital and education center dedicated to caring for injured, ill, and orphaned Hawaiian monk seals.
  • The hospital returns the Hawaiian monk seals to the wild once healthy enough to survive.
  • The hospital also is a place where children and the community learn to care for this beautiful marine mammal.

hawaiian monk seal

Ke Kai Ola Goals

  • Promote Hawaiian monk seal recovery through:
    • Science-based rehabilitation program
    • Highly trained and well-managed volunteer stranding response network
    • Coordinated community efforts and partnerships to inspire the local community to protect, care for, and ensure the future of this endangered species.

Dolphin Quest volunteer ke kai ola


The Dolphin Quest Connection

  • Dolphin Quest Crew Members volunteer their time at the hospital
  • Dolphin Quest runs their water quality samples
  • Dolphin Quest orders their fish needed for monk seal diets and we hold it in our freezer until needed