Established in 1989, the Mālama Honu program creates an awareness of our endangered sea turtles through education and the practice of conservation. In partnership with Sea Life Park, a marine and wildlife center on Oahu, captive-reared hatchlings are sent to Mauna Lani to be cared for in the hotel's saltwater ponds. In two to three years, they grow to a size deemed appropriate for release into the wild. During the honu's stay, guests from the around the world get to visit and learn about the sea turtles. This relationship aids in the future survival of this endangered species. For 30 years, Mālama Honu has celebrated releasing turtles on the 4th of July, also known as Turtle Independence Day! Each year, hundreds of visitors join us on our shoreline for this wonderful event.