Turtles are everywhere in Hawaii – depicted in tattoos, made into jewelry, on greeting cards, formed in chocolate and of course, in the ocean. And there is no shortage of meanings attached to them, from humble heart to the navigator – always able to find its way home.
They are currently protected under the Endangered Species Act and Hawaii state law – making it unlawful to touch or harass them in any way.
Commonly called honu in Hawaii, the Hawaiian green sea turtle migrates each year to the same general area where it was born to mate and nest (hence, the navigator).
These giants live on seaweed and can grow up to 40” long and weigh up to 400 lbs. Although they have no teeth, their jaws are serrated and could inflict a serious bite so give them their space and observe from a distance.
The Wailea area of Maui is populated with a significant number of honu, which pretty much guarantees a sighting. Watch for them to pop their heads out of the water for a breath. They particularly enjoy the areas around the lava fingers that rim the beaches and can be found swimming alongside us at our favorite beaches.