Though the Hawaiian Monk Seal is a critically endangered species with fewer than 1,200 animals in the wild, its population is growing on the main Hawaiian Islands, which is causing some conflict with humans who are not accustomed to living close to this amazing creature. To increase understanding among local residents and visitors, the Kohala Center on the island of Hawai'i provides education at Kahalu'u Beach Park as well as at schools. Students at Kahakai Elementary School studied the Hawaiian Monk Seal and created a beautiful mural.
This video was made by Outside Hawai`i for the Malama Learning Center with support from the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service's Partnerships for Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery and Marine Mammal Response in the Pacific Islands. 2015