The Hawaiian monk seal, Neomonachus schauinslandi, is an endangered species of earless seal that can only be found in the Hawaiian Islands.
Some people believe that monk seals were introduced to Hawaii recently but there have been documented sightings going back to the 1800’s and archaeological remains of monk seals found on Hawaiʻi Island dating to 1400-1700 AD.
There are estimated to be around 300 seals living in the main Hawaiian islands and nearly all of them have names.
Seals can often be seen at Hanauma Bay, and recent sighting have been of a young male seal call Kolohe.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is interested in hearing about all sightings of Hawaiian monk seals. So if you see a monk seal when you visit Hanauma Bay with Snorkelfest, then call NOAA at (808) 220-7802.