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There are several ways you can join The Dolphin Institute and contribute to our whale and dolphin research and education programs! Read below to learn how you can help make a difference.

Make a Donation


You may enter any amount you choose. The Dolphin Institute is a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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Become a Member

By becoming a member of The Dolphin Institute, you become a key
contributor toward furthering our understanding of dolphins and whales, the development of new strategies and technologies to help protect these marine mammals, the training of future generations of marine mammal researchers, and the education of students at all levels about these special animals.

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Help Fulfill Our Wish List!

The Dolphin Institute and its volunteers are committed to research, education and conservation of dolphins and whales here in Hawai’i. We are continuously growing in both our research efforts and in our volunteer staff.  As we expand, our daily office needs grow as well.  Below is our wishlist of various supplies that we can use to further our research and education efforts. We are truly grateful for any donations and, of course, used items in good condition are welcome!! Email us at tdi.hawaii@gmail.com for donation arrangements.

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Humpback Whale Research Programs

TDI provides opportunities for college students and recent graduates to serve as volunteers and interns on its humpback whale projects. The field research season takes place from mid-December through the end of May off the Big Island of Hawaii. Volunteers and interns are involved in data collection from our research boats as well as data processing and analysis. Throughout the entire year, TDI also offers volunteer and internship opportunities involving fluke matching and humpback whale data processing. Volunteer and internship positions are available on a competitive basis.

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Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin Volunteer Programs

TDI provides opportunities for
college students and recent
graduates to participate in photo and data processing of Hawaiian spinner dolphin data. This work is conducted at our research office in Honolulu, Hawaii. Volunteer positions are available on a competitive basis.

Become a Fan of TDI on Facebook

Become a fan of TDI on Facebook and stay up-to-date on all the TDI happenings. You can view photos, videos of past research, join discussions, get questions answered and much more!

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Community Education Programs

Learn how community groups and individuals can get involved through our various programs. Email us at tdi.hawaii@gmail.com.

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