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HWF e-Newsletter - October 2020 Edition

We hope this finds you and your 'ohana happy, healthy, and WILD in these novel times!

Founded in 1996, Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund helps fill the “gaps” in conservation efforts around Hawai‘i and Maui in order to best protect native wildlife.

Next March, we will proudly celebrate our 25th anniversary!  For two decades, we have shared our stories and accomplishments on our trusty, very content-rich website managed by Carrie Robertson Meyer.  Plus in recent years, we have added dynamic social media to our education and community-connection toolbox.

Today, we are very excited to announce the launch of our NEW website and regular blog postings to enable us to be even more interactive with the world and to better connect with our core volunteers and supporters. Mahalo for your patience with us as we navigate these new waters and please do “bookmark” our site and stay tuned for future events and updates and stay virtually connected throughout the coming months!


Many thanks to our consultant friends Stephenie Pang and Patrick Doyle, who offered generous, pro bono advice on our website redesign; our long-time webmaster, Carrie Robertson Meyer, for her support of native wildlife and HWF for more than two decades, and especially to Ritama Design for the creation of this beautiful new website that will enable our team to be more involved in the process.

Visit our NEW Website!

HWF partners to launch the Aloha Virtual Challenge, a benefit event to support HWF programs October 26th – December 20th, 2020. Select from 60 or 120 miles and run, paddle, swim, skip, hop or walk your way virtually around the island of O‘ahu to support wildlife!

Learn More about the Virtual Challenge

Marine Debris Removal Update - Plastic pollution is a global problem with local solutions. Like so many threats facing our native wildlife today, marine debris is something that is clearly “our” fault (as humans), and so we must collaborate with a diverse group of humans around the world to fully address this critical issue (and work to move remove and reduce the threat to our environment).  HWF is committed to doing just that.  Since 2016, HWF has added partnerships with Surfrider Foundation Kaua‘i and Pūlama Lāna‘i to our long-term Hawai‘i and Maui programs to help assist with community-based marine debris removal activities focused on medium-large size items on two more islands.


Over the span of this multi-year project, we have collectively removed over 626,181 pounds of marine debris (50.4% derelict fishing / net bundles by weight) with these new partners and we anticipate removing another 100 or more tons (the size of a mature blue whale!) over the next 1.5 years with our recent FY18 NOAA Marine Debris Program removal grant award.  In addition to debris removal along the equivalent of 660 miles of shoreline (several debris “hot spots” cleaned on multiple occasions), we inspire community volunteers to reduce their own personal consumption of plastics (where alternatives exist) and to help us advocate for more eco-friendly options.  Our collaborators with Surfrider and NOAA are also involved in the Global Ghost Gear Initiative to work with other countries to help address these large net bundles and our HWF Environmental Education mentors are in the classroom (or visiting virtually) to teach the next generation of Hawai‘i’s youth how to prevent marine debris and protect our coastlines.

We appreciate the support from NOAA Marine Debris Program, The Ke Kai Ala Foundation, private donations and the numerous project volunteers and partners that have truly made this effort a “net” success!  Want to get involved? Drop us a line or check out our Website Calendar or social media pages for upcoming events to join the team!

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Visit our NEW Website!


  • NEW HWF Website!
  • Aloha Virtual Challenge
  • Marine Debris Removal

Upcoming Events

Ka‘ū Community Mini Cleanups (Hawai‘i)

  • Sat, Oct 17th
  • Sun, Nov 15th
  • Sat, Dec 19th
Ka‘ehu Cleanups (Maui)
  • Oct 2020: youth group
  • More dates TBD!

Join us to remove plastic pollution that threatens wildlife and habitats.

Support HWF through Amazon Smile:

If you shop on Amazon, set HWF as the recipient for your Amazon Smile contributions to easily donate to support our efforts while you shop

Report Wildlife Sightings

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Many thanks to ALL our volunteers, nonprofit collaborators and local business partners!

Our Collective Impact

17,437 pounds of marine debris removed in 2020 (from 34 cleanups).

689,705 pounds removed statewide since 1996 (Hawai‘i, Maui, Papah

586,688 pounds removed from Hawai‘i Island since 2003.

Over 50,000 volunteer hours logged for debris removal projects over the decades!

Join us!

Next Blog Features

  • HWF Education Program goes Virtual!
  • Sea Turtle Season 2020 Recap from Maui .. and more!
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