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MAUNA LANI BAY'S 24th ANNUAL JULY 4th TURTLE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

July 04, 2013

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Freedom for Five Honu at the
MAUNA LANI BAY's 24th ANNUAL
JULY 4th TURTLE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

WHAT: Turtle Independence Day Celebration

WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 2013
10:30 am - 12:00 noon

WHERE: Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
Kohala Coast, Island of Hawaii

DETAILS: Since 1989, Mauna Lani has received juvenile honu (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles) from Oahu's Sea Life Park, and has raised them in the saltwater ponds of the Mauna Lani Bay 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 at the ocean's edge fronting the hotel.

On Thursday, July 4, 2013 five young Honu were released from the shores of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. Ceremonies began with a Honu Hula by Halau Na Kipu' pu'u. Keiki carried the honu to the water's edge where they were released into the wild to celebrate their freedom. A crowd of over 1,000 people cheered them on.

The event celebrates the honu and educates visitors and Kama'aina about the threatened Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles

FOR MORE INFORMATION: For room reservations, contact Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows at 808-885-6622, 800-367-2323 or visit www.maunalani.com. Kama'aina rates available at www.maunalani.com/kamaaina

Sea Life Park Hawaii is located in East Oahu, about a 30-minute drive from Waikiki. This marine attraction offers a variety of shows, exhibits and educational programs for all ages. For more information, call 808-259-7933 or visit www.sealifeparkhawaii.com.

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows sits oceanfront on the Kohala Coast, Big Island of Hawaii. Located 23 miles north of the Kona International Airport the hotel is part of the Mauna Lani Resort which features the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Mauna Lani Spa and Mauna Lani's Francis H. I'i Brown Golf Courses. For reservations call (800) 367-2323 or visit www.maunalani.com.