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Hiwahiwa, approximately 45 years old, is a healthy adult female. L-2 has a fissure or "crack" on the top of her shell resulting from an old injury, which took place in 2001. The fissure has completely mended from inside the turtle's body. No one knows for sure what caused Hiwahiwa's injury; however most likely she collided with a speeding boat or jet ski. A veterinarian repaired Hiwahiwa's shell with an acrylic dental patch. In June of 2002, Hiwahiwa surprised everyone when she was seen nesting and laying eggs 500 miles northwest of Laniakea at the French Frigate Shoals. L-2 migrated again during the 2010 nesting season. After 32 days at sea, Hiwahiwa arrived at the French Frigate Shoals and laid her first clutch of eggs on June 10th. Data harvested from L-2's TDR ( Time Depth Recorder) reveals she made a record-breaking open ocean night dive of 570 feet (174 meters , the deepest in Hawaiian green sea turtle history. Even though she was not on the ocean floor, scientists theorize Hiwahiwa may have been feeding on mid level pyrosomes. Her last satellite signal was received on August 5th and hope faded that she would return to her feeding zone on Oahu. On September 6th, L-2 hauled onto the sand at Laniakea Beach, her satellite antennae broken off. Hiwahiwa basks year round at Laniakea. In April 2017, Hiwahiwa again embarked on a nesting migration to the French Frigate Shoals. She was recorded by NOAA as the 32nd turtle to nest at East Island that year.





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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