Free Lecture on Hawaiian Monk Seals April 26

April 22, 2017, 10:02 AM HST (Updated April 21, 2017, 1:16 PM)

The Hawaiian Monk Seal is the most endangered animal species in the world. Photo courtesy of Kona Historical Society.

The public is invited for a free lecture discussing “A Natural History of the Hawaiian Monk Seal,” on Wednesday, April 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the West Hawaiʻi Civic Center.

The lecture is being presented by Kona Historical Society in partnership with The Marine Mammal Center’s Ke Kai Ola: The Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital, as part of the 2017 Hanohano ʻO Kona Lecture Series.

Ke Kai Ola’s (the healing sea) staff will explore the natural history of the Hawaiian Monk Seal, including its historical and cultural significance.

Found nowhere else in the world, Hawaiian Monk Seals are the most endangered animal species in the world.

The Marine Mammal Center opened Ke Kai Ola as a hospital and education center dedicated to the well-being and care of injured, ill and orphaned Hawaiian monk seals.

Kona Historical Society has offered the Hanohano ʻO Kona Lecture Series for the past six years covering a wide range of cultural and historical subjects. The lectures are free to attend and open to all, residents and visitors alike.

For more information, call Kona Historical Society at (808) 323-3222 or visit



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