Ke Kai Ola, The Marine Mammal Center Achieves Kuleana Green Business Designation

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SUSTAINABILITY – The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce announces Ke Kai Ola, The Marine Mammal Center is designated as a Kuleana Green Business.

The Marine Mammal Center’s hospital and education center, Ke Kai Ola, is dedicated to the conservation of the endangered Hawaiian monk seal and their ocean home. Through rehabilitation and community outreach, The Marine Mammal Center is saving individual animals and inspiring community members, students and visitors to take action to protect Hawaiian monk seals and ocean health.

“The Marine Mammal Center is honored to receive the Kuleana Green Business Designation,” says Dr. Claire Simeone, director of Ke Kai Ola, the Center’s hospital and education center for Hawaiian monk seals. “We are guided and inspired by a shared vision of a healthy ocean for marine mammals and humans alike, which means we are committed to sustainable business practices in all areas of our work, from the hospital’s water filtration systems to the products we use in our classroom programs.”

Photo Caption: Ikaika, a male Hawaiian monk seal pup was released back to the wild after rehabilitation at Ke Kai Ola, The Marine Mammal Center’s hospital and education center. (C) Koa Matsuoka, NMFS Permit 16632-00 and 932-1905-01MA-009526-1.

About Ke Kai Ola, The Marine Mammal Center

Ke Kai Ola’s Response Team monitors Hawaiian monk seal haul out activity across Hawaii Island. Members of the public should report any monk seal sighting to Ke Kai Ola’s 24-hour hotline (808-987-0765).

About the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Kuleana Green Business Program

The Kuleana Green Business Program is an original recognition and participatory program of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) that promotes environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices among Chamber members and throughout Hawai`i. Kuleana Green Businesses understand their kuleana (right and responsibility) to generate profits as well as create positive impacts in their social and natural environments. As corporate citizens, they set high standards of integrity, commitment and respect in their engagement with employees, customers, community and the environment. Only members of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce are eligible to apply for the Kuleana Green Business designation and receive its benefits. Learn more or apply to become a certified Kuleana Green Business here: