Every day, dedicated scientists and volunteers are working to save Hawaiian monk seals, one by one. Now, we are calling upon you to help the effort, to educate the public, and to build a lasting movement that will save the species.
The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the most critically endangered marine mammals in the world, with less than 1,100 remaining–and their numbers are steadily declining. To put this in perspective, there are more sea lions at Pier 39 in San Francisco than Hawaiian monk seals in the world. If we don’t do something about it, the Hawaiian monk seal will disappear within our lifetime.
Today, one of their biggest threats is lack of awareness.
This species is completely native to Hawaii, and one of a kind. It witnessed the Hawaiian islands rising from the ocean and has been a symbol of Hawaii’s diverse ecosystem for millions of years–and many people still have no idea that it exists.
Unless the world is made aware of these seals and the brave efforts to protect them, they will slip quietly into extinction. We can’t hope that someone else will step in and turn this around: it’s up to us, and time is running out.
Our documentary can help spread the word, but we can’t do it alone. We’ve already been working on this project for over a year, and now we’re asking for your help to finish it. With your support, we can bring the Hawaiian monk seal to the world’s attention and give the species a chance to be heard! Anything you can contribute, even if it’s just sharing the link, will make a difference for the Hawaiian monk seal.
–Robin and Andrew
Filmmakers of One by One
Our journey began in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands….
Last September, we documented the conservation efforts of NOAA’s Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. More than 80% of the monk seal population lives in these remote waters, but their population is also declining the fastest. Over the course of the mission, we saw how passionate and hopeful the scientists were about their work, but also how desperate the situation has become as the seals continue to decline.
But there is hope: the numbers in the Main Hawaiian Islands are rising. In just 10 years, scientists predict that there will be more seals in the Main Hawaiian Islands than in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. This is quickly becoming the most crucial area for conservation.
We need your help to finish this story.
While the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are an extremely important part of the story, we need to spend time in the Main Hawaiian Islands to document the greatest threat to the Hawaiian monk seal’s survival: people.
For millions of years, monk seals have rested undisturbed on Hawaii’s shores. Today, they are struggling to find a place in an increasingly overcrowded Hawaii. Many beachgoers have never seen a monk seal before, and they don’t realize that they need our help and protection.
Even worse, the increase in seals has led to false rumors and controversy. Many believe that the seals aren’t even Hawaiian, and that they don’t deserve to live on the islands. Two years ago, the mounting aggression towards the seal culminated in a string of horrific attacks on monk seals, and even several killings.
As more monk seals begin to populate the Main Hawaiian Islands, these problems will only get worse.
We can only do this with your help.
We can’t stand by and watch as these seals disappear. We can’t rely on others to swoop in and magically fix it. We are all responsible for these seals now, and it is solely up to us to do something about it.
We’re donating our time and effort, but we still have expenses that we simply can’t cover alone. With our funding goal of $30,000, we can give this story the attention it deserves. Anything we raise beyond that will allow us to take this project to an even higher level of professionalism, bring on more talent for post-production, and expand our screening plans.
Anything that we raise beyond our final expenses will be donated back into the organizations that are helping the monk seal! Plus, we have some fun rewards to thank you for your help.
Your contributions will go toward:
– Video and audio equipment
– Travel (lodging, transportation, etc.)
– Professional editing and post-production software
– Graphics and animation
– Producing Blu-rays
– Film festival submission fees and premiere costs
Other ways to help
Even if you can’t give, there are other ways to contribute: share the link, and make people aware of what is happening. Even just your words could help save monk seal lives.
We also need resources, including:
– Airline miles
– Room and board on the islands
– Your talents as a graphic designer, animator, post-production specialist, etc.
If you think you can help, please let us know! We’d love to have you on our team.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have some ideas about how you can pitch in! We’ll still give you rewards, and a lot of aloha.
We can only do this with your help.
We are a California-based, husband-and-wife team dedicated to the idea that media can change perception and lives. We met while studying film at UC Berkeley and have since traveled the world searching for unique adventures and inspiring stories. Now, we are volunteering our talents and passion for causes we believe in. When we learned about the plight of the Hawaiian monk seal, we knew that we could use our skills as storytellers to help others discover this amazing species and save it from extinction.
Note: This project is intended to raise awareness and educate about Hawaiian monk seals and the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. All fundraising activities are solely intended to cover production and distribution expenses. All media from the monument was obtained under the permits PMNM-2013-001 and NMFS ESA/mmpa 10137-07.