Hawaii’s green sea turtles, Honu (pronounced hoe-new), are named for the color of their body fat, which is green from the algae that they eat. They are primarily herbivorous.
These turtles migrate as far as 800 miles from their feeding areas along the coasts of the main Hawaiian islands to their nesting beaches in the Northwestern Hawaiian islands.
If you spot what appears to be a sick, injured or dead sea turtle stranded on land,
241-6711 (Police dispatch)
651-7668 (Kauai Marine Conservation Co-ordinator)
It is illegal to ride a turtle.
Enjoy these natural treasures of Kaua’i. Your respect for their well-being and survival will ensure their presence for your next visit and for generations to come.
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Hanaka'ape Bay Turtle Sanctuary Organization (HBTSO) is a registered, non-profit organization located in Poipu, Kauai. Maintained by concerned citizens, it is dedicated to the establishment of a government-protected haul out area for the turtles there. Please become a member of HBTSO (membership is free) and sign their Letter of Support. Doing so will assist them in their efforts to secure official protection of this small but vitally important sanctuary for turtles (and please forward to all your turtle-loving friends).