Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund

Founded in 1996, Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of Hawaiʻi’s wildlife.  We protect native species and habitats, and provide environmental education opportunities for our community members and visitors.

HWF’s mission is to protect native wildlife, focusing on coastal and marine wildlife species across Hawaiʻi, including the hawksbill sea turtle (honuʻea) and the Hawaiian green sea turtle (honu), and many other finned, feathered, flippered, and plant friends.

We engage and inspire our communities, keiki (kids) and volunteers in education, outreach, marine debris removal, conservation,
research, and advocacy campaigns to keep Hawaiʻi alive and wild.

Mahalo (thank you) for visiting this website and for your desire to learn more about HWF and what we can all do to kōkua (help). From volunteering, internships, donating or adopting, we offer a variety of ways you can help our organization and wildlife thrive!

Me ke aloha pumehana,

Hannah Bernard – HWF Executive Director & Co-founder
Megan Lamson – HWF President & Program Director

HWF Mission Statement


Watch this short video to find out about the work Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund does, our Discovery Center at Whalers Village,
and how you can Malama – take care and give back – on the islands!

Mahalo HI Now and Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau for this video!

The Hawaiʻi Wildlife Discovery Center in Lahaina, Maui is Open!


The Hawaiʻi Wildlife Discovery Center is operated by and supports the work of Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund.

The Hawaiʻi Wildlife Discovery Center is a nonprofit, multi-media venue featuring a dynamic blend of art and science celebrating Hawaiʻi’s marine life and showcasing the work of Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund. We have filled 5,000 sq ft. with over 30 stunning exhibits about Hawaiʻi’s undersea life, whaling era, cultural values, and conservation. Our many exhibits include an Immersion Room with a floor to ceiling film spanning 3 walls, a Kid’s Zone art & play area, marine debris art & exhibits, and 45 locally produced videos on an interactive kiosk. There is something here for everyone! Tickets are available online at the HWDC website.

Come visit us soon at Whalers Village in Lahaina, Maui!


What We Do

Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles - Hawai'i Wildlife Fund
Keiki Outreach & Education by Hawai'i Wildlife Fund
Marine Debris Removal by Hawai'i Wildlife Fund
more videos from Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund