a sea turtle being released into the ocean

Turtle Sanctuary

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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 around the world get to visit and learn about the sea turtles. This relationship aids in the future survival of this endangered species.

“Sea turtles are some of the most ancient animals,” Pi‘i says. They’ve navigated the world’s oceans for over 100 million years, before the dinosaur age, and are important indicators of healthy marine ecosystems. “You see sea turtles out there, you know you have a healthy reef, a healthy ocean.”

A sea turtle swimming in the ocean

Mālama Honu | Turtle Talk

Meet with our Aloha 'Āina Natural Resources team to learn about our resident honu, green sea turtles.

  • Tues, Thurs, Sat | 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • 1 Hour | Complimentary | 10 guests maximum
  • Location: Hale ‘I‘ike in the main lobby
A sea turtle release in Hawaii

Mālama Honu | Annual Turtle Release

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. Each turtle receives a Hawaiian name and blessing. It’s just a little something extra to help them survive and thrive in the sea.

  • Yearly on July 4th
  • Location: Mauna Lani Beachfront

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