Meet the people and the partners that came together and made
Hawaiʻi Wildlife Discovery Center a reality.



Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund has actively protected native wildlife in Hawaiʻi since 1996. HWF’s mission is to protect native wildlife, focusing on coastal and marine wildlife species in the Hawaiian Islands, including the hawksbill sea turtle (honuʻea) and the Hawaiian green sea turtle (honu). We engage our communities and volunteers in education, outreach, marine debris removal, conservation, research, and advocacy campaigns and lawsuits to keep Hawaiʻi alive and wild.

Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of Hawaiʻi’s marine wildlife.

hannah-bernard-hawaii-wildlife-discovery-centerHannah Bernard is the executive director of Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund and is an award-winning marine biologist with 39 years of experience in conducting research, education and community outreach programs on protected marine life (30 of those years on Maui).

She has served on numerous Boards and the federally-appointed Pacific Scientific Review Group, Pacific Cetacean Take Reduction team, and the Hawaiʻi Longline False Killer Whale Take Reduction Team.

Find out more about Hannah Bernard and HawaiʻiWildlife Fund.



NOAA is an agency of the U.S. government that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep the public informed of the changing environment around them.

Our agency holds key leadership roles in shaping international ocean, fisheries, climate, space and weather policies. NOAA’s many assets — including research programs, vessels, satellites, science centers, laboratories and a vast pool of distinguished scientists and experts — are essential, internationally recognized resources.


The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as the trustee for a network of underwater parks encompassing more than 600,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters from Washington state to the Florida Keys, and from Lake Huron to American Samoa. The network includes a system of 14 national marine sanctuaries and Papahānaumokuākea and Rose Atoll marine national monuments.

Every winter, thousands of humpback whales travel to the warm, shallow waters of Hawai‘i to mate, give birth, and raise their young. Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary protects these whales and their habitat.



Brookfield Properties develops and operates real estate investments on behalf of Brookfield Asset Management – one of the largest alternative asset managers in the world. In addition to Whalers Village, where HWDC is located, Brookfield has created Ala Moana Center in Honolulu and Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo.


Whalers Village is an oceanfront shopping center located in the heart of the award-winning Ka’anapali Beach Resort in Lahaina, Maui. With over 90 stores and more than 15,000 hotel and condominium rooms in the immediate vicinity, this retail property serves as a primary shopping, dining, and entertainment destination on the island.