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‘Eleu The Hawaiian Monk Seal Featuring at the Cultural Animation Film Festival 

May 18, 2019

An animated short film brings attention to a threat impacting Hawaiian monk seals in the Pacific Islands. The film was produced and created by talented students from Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking, a nonprofit organization. 


In early 2018, NOAA Fisheries partnered with Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking, a nonprofit organization committed to achieving gender equity in filmmaking. We worked with a group of young women and girls on a unique animation film camp project to bring attention to threats impacting Hawaiian monk seals. These incredibly talented young ladies produced a short animated film that is being featured at the 2019 Cultural Animation Film Festival on May 18th and 19th, at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Doris Duke Theatre. We hope you can join us at the movies this weekend!

Learn more about the monk seal animation camp and their production process

‘Eleu The Hawaiian Monk Seal

Directed by Phoenix Maimiti Valentinē | 2 minutes

‘Eleu The Hawaiian Monk Seal is a glimpse of a sprightly monk seal on a spirited journey through Oceania. Learn about dangers that threaten the survival of this species.

Check out these cool behind the scenes and Q&A video

Showtimes at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Doris Duke Theater

  • Saturday, May 18th at 7:00 PM HST.
  • Sunday, May 19th at 10:30 AM HST.
Storyboarding for animation camp.

Week 1: storyboarding session at animation camp about Hawaiian monk seals. Photo: HWF.

Hawaiian monk seal biology and life history powerpoint presentation    NOAA Fisheries Assistant Stranding Coordinator presenting at animation camp.

Left: First week at animation camp discussing about Hawaiian monk seal biology and life history. Right: NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Assistant Stranding Coordinator, Aliza Milette-Winfree, gives a presentation about Hawaiian monk seals. Photos: HWF.

Learn more about the film festival and tickets.

Last updated by Pacific Islands Regional Office on May 20, 2019