All About the Honu

May 23, 2024

Keoki shot this incredible picture of a Maui honu.

Maui, the second largest island in Hawaii, is known for its stunning beaches, lush landscapes, and diverse marine life. One of the most iconic creatures that can be found in the waters surrounding Maui is the turtle. These majestic creatures have a rich history and hold a special place in the hearts of locals and tourists alike.




The history of turtles in Maui dates back thousands of years. The Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, also known as Honu, has been an important cultural symbol for the native Hawaiian people. In ancient times, turtles were considered sacred and were believed to be the embodiment of ancestral spirits. They were revered for their wisdom, longevity, and grace.

Keoki captured a turtle snoozin’ with his blankie.

Today, the Maui turtle population faces various threats, including habitat loss, pollution, and human interference. Conservation efforts have been put in place to protect these beautiful creatures and their nesting grounds. The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary has implemented regulations to ensure that humans do not disturb or harm turtles in their natural habitat.

Maui offers numerous opportunities for visitors to learn more about turtles and contribute to their conservation. Visitors can join guided snorkeling tours or take part in educational programs offered by local organizations. These activities provide a unique chance to observe turtles in their natural environment and learn about their behavior, feeding habits, and life cycle.

In conclusion, Maui turtles have a fascinating history and play a vital role in the ecosystem of this beautiful island. It is essential for us to appreciate and protect these creatures to ensure their survival for future generations. By promoting awareness and supporting conservation efforts, we can help preserve the rich heritage of Maui’s turtles.

Take a ride in a Kihei Rent A Car vehicle to visit the turtles at Ho’okipa Beach Park. Ho’okipa is just one of many beaches to watch these majestic creatures.

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