SOURCE: Honolulu Cookie Company

The Harris Agency LLC

February 24, 2016 17:14 ET

Honolulu Cookie Company and the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology Partner to Save Stranded Whales and Dolphins

HCC to Donate $5,000 and Call for Public Support to Marine Mammal Stranding Research and Rescue Initiative

HONOLULU, HI--(Marketwired - February 24, 2016) - Honolulu Cookie Company announces its partnership with the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) to save stranded whales and dolphins in Hawaii. The Company will donate part of the proceeds from the sale of its Whale Collection cookies to support HIMB's Marine Mammal Stranding Research and Rescue Initiative, and is asking for the public's support with HIMB's research and conservation efforts.

Every year there are at least 25 reported strandings of marine mammals in Hawaii. Many of these stranded mammals can be saved with sufficient volunteers and the facilities equipped to enable care and rehabilitation. In 2016, HIMB will open operations in a new marine mammal-stranding center, also known as a whale and dolphin hospital, to respond to and rescue stranded marine mammals throughout the Hawaiian Islands. The hospital aims to save the 20 species of dolphins and whales found in Hawaii, which are a crucial part of the state's delicate marine ecosystem. HIMB's care for and research of rescued whales and dolphins is only possible through the generosity of the public's donations and support.

Every box of Honolulu Cookie Company's Whale Collection cookies will include a special insert explaining HIMB's Marine Mammal Stranding Research and Rescue Initiative and include a call-to-action to support HIMB's conservation efforts. Additionally, Honolulu Cookie Company has partnered with HIMB to create a website to educate the public about the Institute's research and rescue efforts: whale.soest.hawaii.edu. The Company will also provide educational information about the program at their retail locations on Oahu and Maui.

To kick start the initiative, Honolulu Cookie Company will donate $5,000 towards the research efforts of HIMB. 

The public can get involved and support HIMB's efforts through donations. Visit whale.soest.hawaii.edu or call (808) 236-7401 for more information. Another way for the public to get involved is to stop by Honolulu Cookie Company's retail locations to get more information about this initiative.

About Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) is a part of the University of Hawaii's School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) that focuses specifically on ocean ecosystems and conservation. Situated on Moku o Lo'e (Coconut Island) in Kane'ohe Bay, HIMB offers cutting edge research facilities for faculty, students, and visiting scientists coupled with convenient access to a diverse range of marine environments. Research at HIMB explores many aspects of tropical marine ecosystems, including corals, sharks, biogeochemistry, evolutionary genetics, marine diseases, neuroendocrinology, microbial organisms, and sensory systems of marine mammals.

For more information on HIMB and their program, call them at (808) 236-7401 or visit hawaii.edu/himb.

About Honolulu Cookie Company

Since 1998, Honolulu Cookie Company's premium shortbread cookies have been made from the original recipe using Hawaii's freshest and finest ingredients. Baking begins every morning at 5 A.M. in Honolulu. Cookies are handcrafted, individually wrapped for freshness, and presented in beautiful packaging.

On Oahu, Honolulu Cookie Company has seven retail stores in Waikiki, one at Ward Warehouse, another at a kiosk in the Makai Market Food Court at Ala Moana Center, and one on-site at their bakery in Kalihi. On Maui, Honolulu Cookie Company has stores at Whalers Village and Front Street in Lahaina, and most recently at The Shops at Wailea. Honolulu Cookie Company can also be found in Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo in Las Vegas, along with the new Grand Bazaar Shops location on Las Vegas Boulevard near Bally's. The first international location opened in July 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. In addition, Honolulu Cookie Company cookies are available at select retail partners: Neiman Marcus, Tommy Bahama, and DFS stores; visit honolulucookie.com/store-locations for details.

About Honolulu Cookie Company's Whale Collection Cookies

This collection is available now. Returning this year are the whale tail shape cookies with the same delicious morsels and rich chocolate dipping. Inside the Whale Collection Gift Box (24 cookies, 8 flavors) is an insert explaining HIMB's Marine Mammal Stranding Research and Rescue Initiative, as well as how the general public can get involved and support the Initiative.

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