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Featured Honu

Brutus, a 45 year old adult male, was one of the first turtles in 1999 to repeatedly bask in the sun at Laniakea Beach. Weighing approximately 166 pounds at the time, L-1 was the first turtle to receive PIT ( Passive Integrated Transponder ) identification tags in his rear flippers. It was on a blustery March 15th evening that he first came ashore, having lost half of his back flipper to a tiger shark. His arrival and name are ironically reminiscent of two famous lines from Shakespeare's play "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar": "Beware the Ides of March" and "Et tu Brute." Over the years he has been hooked, entangled, and nipped by predators, yet trusting enough to continue basking at Laniakea. He has lived up to his Hawaiian name, Nalukai, "the one who has endured the storms of life." Brutus for many years was the most frequently basking turtle at Laniakea; hence he is known to visitors from around the world. Unfortunately, he has not been seen at Laniakea since April 2014.





The Hawaiian green sea turtles (honu), a "Threatened Species," are making a comeback. Their protection and preservation, primarily through education in the spirit of Aloha, is the mission of Malama na Honu. Our efforts are focused on the North Shore of Oahu, near Haleiwa Town. Honu are protected by The Endangered Species Act and in recent years have experienced a significant increase in their numbers. More than ever, it is necessary for the education of residents and visitors alike to treat them with respect. Honu Guardian volunteers are on the beach every day to offer educational outreach about the protected species. This helps avoid inadvertent harassment and assures the honu’s peaceful coexistence on our beaches. Malama na Honu  is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, established in the State of Hawaii, and has over 60 active volunteers who help carry out its educational mission.

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