Turtle Independence Day at Mauna Lani Bay
Since 1989, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows has received juvenile honu (turtle) from Oahu’s Sea Life Park, and has raised them in the saltwater ponds of the hotel. The honu are cared for until they grow to a size and weight that are deemed appropriate for release into the wild. This release occurs every July 4th. Since the program’s inception, Mauna Lani has nurtured over 200 juvenile honu in its saltwater ponds.
(It’s worth clicking the link to see the picture of the Green Sea Turtle!)
A fun way to start the July 4th holiday!
Three tips for anyone planning to attend the turtle release in the future:
1) Arrive early to get a spot near the water if you want to view the actual release.
2) Wear sunscreen.
3) To avoid the line of cars waiting to park in the main parking area, you can park at the Golf Pro Shop and take a shuttle that will drop you off close to the release site.
Today’s event started with a procession along the sidewalk behind the hotel followed by a welcome from Senator Akaka. After a short hula, the turtles were released.
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[I have to say thanks to Sheila Beal and her Go Visit Hawaii blog – I wouldn’t have known about the turtle release in time to go if not for her Big Island July 4th events post! Thanks, Sheila… Hope you can make it to the release next year! ]
Happy 4th, everyone!