Hawaii Cetacean Rehabilitation Facility
The Hawaii Cetacean Rehabilitation Facility (HCRF), named Pōolamau in Hawaiian, developed as a partnership between UH-Hilo and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), is the only facility in Hawai‘i and the Pacific region dedicated to the humane care and treatment of injured, sick, and out-of-habitat whales and dolphins. Phase 1 of the project includes several trailers for an office, storage and a food prep kitchen, and the facility's 25,000-gallon saltwater Critical Care Pool. Since the HCRF focuses on caring for the various forms of Kanaloa (Ocean Deity).
Pōolamau refers to the transition of these Kanaloa as they embark on a journey, returning to a thriving life in the pō of the ocean’s depths or returning to the pō that is the realm of the gods. This hale is named to best facilitate and honor the delicate transitions of our beloved Kanaloa.
UH-Hilo's HCRF is authorized by NOAA Fisheries to house 18 species of whales and dolphins, up to 15 feet long and can accommodate 1-2 small whales or dolphins at a time. Phase 2 plans include a larger pool to accommodate larger whales, mass strandings, and a swim-out pool for animals to begin swimming , diving, and feeding on life fish before release.
The HCRF is directed by Dr. Jason Turner (Director) and Ms. Jennifer Turner (Assistant Director) both of UH-Hilo. Volunteers from the Hilo Marine Mammal Response Network (HMMRN), comprised of UH-Hilo students and community members, support the facility with their time and efforts.
For more information or to volunteer with the HMMRN visit our website at HMMRN.org
Committed to the humane care and treatment of injured, ill, and out-of-habitat cetaceans, Hawaii Cetacean Rehabilitation Facility supports the development and dissemination of new knowledge in an effort to support the conservation of marine species.
To achieve this mission, HCRF will:
February 25th, 2011: Hawaiian Monk Seal (HMS) Response Training
March 1st, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 8:45 -11:30.
Laura J. Knight
HMMRN Volunteer Coordinator
HMMRN's next monthly meeting is coming up soon, so mark your calendar! The meeting will be on Tuesday, March 1st, at 6:15pm in Marine Science Building Room 101.
In addition, merchandise will be for sale! So be sure to show up a little early, bring a notebook, pen, and maybe even some cash. RSVP is not required.