Although comprising less than 0.2 percent of the land area of the U.S., the Hawai’i hold more than 30 percent of the nation’s federally listed species, including 317 taxa of plants and animals listed as endangered or threatened, 12 taxa proposed as endangered and 105 taxa as candidates for listing.Hawaii is considered the “endangered species capital” of the country.


Historical examples

-Advocate for the protection of honu and monk seals

-Advocate against commercial whaling in the Pacific to protect endangered humpback whales and other species
-Support the passage of the Endangered Species Act


-Successfully sue to stop logging and save rare kahuli tree snails on Molokaʻi

-File a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Army under the Endangered Species Act to protect endangered kahuli tree snails in Makua, Oʻahu



-Successfully settle lawsuits against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service resulting in the listing of 250 native plant species under the Endangered Species Act, and the critical expansion of U.S. FWS presence in Hawaiʻi

-Conduct a predator study to protect endangered native waterbirds in KanahāPond Wildlife Sanctuary, Maui

-Successfully sue to designate critical habitat for dozens of threatened and endangered native plant species

-Obtain grant to survey Oʻahu for invasive miconia plants



-File amicus brief in lawsuit to protect monk seals from planned resort and residential development at Kuilima (Turtle Bay), Oʻahu

-Launch campaign to raise awareness about endangered palila bird on Mauna Kea, Hawaiʻi Island

-Organize public support and establish a steering committee to protect and restore the sinkhole preserve at Kalaeloa (Barberʻs Point), Oʻahu


-Successfully settle lawsuits under the Endangered Species Act to protect seabirds on Kauaʻi

-File a notice of intent to sue to require the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation to negotiate mitigation actions for the protection of endangered seabirds on Kauaʻi

-Join the National Wildlife Federation and 43 other NWF affiliates to advocate against federal funding cuts to the National Wildlife Refuge System, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the State and Tribal WIldlife Grant Program

-Introduce and support the successful passage of a National Wildlife Federation resolution highlighting Hawaiʻiʻs endangered species and urging the President and Congress to provide adequate funding for climate change planning in federal-state wildlife action plans, and to strengthen measures against the introduction of invasive species

-Successfully advocate for the expansion of Hawaiian monk seal critical habitat designation to the Main Hawaiian Islands and proposed recovery actions including the translocation of baby monk seals from Papahānaumokuākea

-Help obtain federal funding for fence replacement to protect endangered palila bird critical habitat on Mauna Kea from feral ungulates

-Introduce and support the successful passage of a National Wildlife Federation resolution highlighting the critical threats facing Hawaiian monk seals and urging federal policymakers and agencies to implement programs and funding mechanisms to protect Hawaiian monk seal habitat and promote the speciesʻrecovery

-Convene a working group and established the Aloha Kanaloa Coalition to conduct a campaign (including televised public service announcements) to advocate for the protection of the Hawaiian monk seal

-Join a working group to successfully oppose the proposed delisting of honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) in Hawaiʻi under the Endangered Species Act without sufficient scientific justification

-Participate in NOAA workshop to develop a management plan for Hawaiian monk seals in the Main Hawaiian Islands

-Obtain a Patagonia grant for the Kōkua and Kuleana: Saving the Hawaiian Monk Seal Project to raise public awareness, support, and advocacy for the Hawaiian monk seal

-Partner with the Endangered Species Coalition to produce Back from the Brink: Ten Success Stories Celebrating the Endangered Species Act at 40, highlighting 10 species that have been saved rom the brink of extinction including the Hawaiian monk seal, nēnēgoose, and honu

-Partner with National Wildlife Federation, Patagonia, and local fishers to produce “Fishing WIth Aloha” brochure, to promote guidelines and support for monk seal interactions with fishers and facilitate dialogue between conservationists and fishers

-Partner with award-winning artist Patrick Ching on the Coexistence Project prodcution of the childrenʻs book “Honu and Hina: A Story of Coexistence”