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Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows is an eco-friendly hotel in Hawaii. With a focus on sustainable actions and green living, our eco resort emphasizes the importance of environmental preservation on the beautiful islands of Hawaii.

Turtle Independence Day

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 eco-friendly Hawaii hotel.

On July 4, 2018 the honu were gathered in the morning from the Honu Ponds and they were paraded to the beachfront for the release.  A welcome ceremony kicked off the event followed by the release. This annual celebration honors the honu and helps educate the public about the Hawaiian green sea turtle.  LEARN MORE


Mauna Lani Resort was named one of the world's Top Luxury Eco Friendly Beach Destinations by Condé Nast Traveler. Condé Nast Traveler also recognized Mauna Lani Resort's green sea turtle program as an ecotourism attraction. The resort was selected as one of only ten golf resorts in the world for the first-ever Green Golf Award as a leader in environmental stewardship by Golf Magazine.