The Keiki Kohola Project was founded in 1997, by Rachel Cartwright. Our group was originally comprised of concerned boat captains, naturalists and other local people involved in the whale watching industry on Maui; today our group is expanding, to include experienced scientists, university students and additional volunteers.
The project started out – and remains today – asa community based, grass roots effort; donations of time, boats, fuel, camera gear and moral support were endlessly provided by many members of the local Maui whale watching community.
We are also now working in close collaboration with members of the faculty and students of California State University – Channel Islands. They are contributing time, expertise and logistic support to all aspects of the project.