Honu-Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle
Since 1989, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows has received juvenile honu (turtle) from Oahu's Sea Life Park, and has raised them in the saltwater ponds of the hotel. The honu are cared for until they grow to a size and weight that are deemed appropriate for release into the wild. This release occurs every July 4th. Since the program's inception, Mauna Lani has nurtured more than 200 juvenile honu in its saltwater ponds.
Another fun July 4th Turtle Independence Day Celebration is in the works for 2013!. See you on the 4th at Mauna Lani Bay. Details to follow
Where do the Honu go? June 2009 - During a survey at Kaloko-Honokahau National Historic Park, a large sea turtle was discovered to be one of Mauna Lani's 1999 Turtle Independence Day releases. The honu is about 14 yrs old, weighs 267 lbs and it's shell length is 87.8 cm (almost 3 feet). To date this is the oldest of Mauna Lani's turtle 'ohana to be found surviving on its own,