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Hao first arrived at Laniakea Beach in the summer of 2010 as a subadult and was named in honor of legendary surfer Andy Irons. In 2012 a NOAA science team confirmed that Hao is a maturing female approximately 30 years old. She exhibits the unusual behavior of gnawing on other turtles' flippers, tails and shells. On September 5, 2015, Hao hauled out onto the beach with a severely damaged shell. The NOAA Turtle Rescue team concluded the damage was the result of a collision with the hull of a boat. She was taken to a veterinarian who administered antibiotics and patched her shell with dental epoxy. She was returned to the water off Laniakea on September 8th. Hao recently took a 15 month hiatus from basking at Laniakea but returned in August 2018 evidencing significant healing to her previously damaged shell.





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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