Sea Life Park welcomes Hawaiian monk seal Kekoa to his new home

Local News

WAIMANALO, Hawaii (KHON2) — A Hawaiian blessing was held to welcome Hawaiian monk seal Kekoa to his new home at Sea Life Park on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Kekoa is also referred to as KE18.

Get Hawaii’s latest morning news delivered to your inbox, sign up for News 2 You

He’s been at University of California at Santa Cruz for while participating in a monk seal hearing and communications study.

The study was done by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Sea Life Park Hawaii, the Waikiki Aquarium, and the Living Marine Resources.

Kekoa will make his home at Sea Life Park where visitors can see him.

“I think he’s so cute and adorable!” said California visitor Liz Wong. “I want to hug him and kiss him,”

“Kekoa’s personality is a very fun loving seal,” Beau Richter, Sea Life Park vet assistant.
“He’s got a personality that i would call bold but presented in a very humble fashion.So far everyone has been happy to see him. Alot of people are excited to meet him, and getting to know about him and know more about Hawaiian monk seals too.”

There’s about 1,400 Hawaiian monk seals in the wild.

Richter says they’re typically solitary animals that don’t hang around in groups like sea lions.

A monk seal’s average life span is between 25 and 30 years.

Check out what’s going on around the nation on our National News page

Kekoa is 19 years old.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

More Hawaii News

More Local News

Trending Stories