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HiwaHiwa, approximately 35 years old, is a healthy adult female, weighing 212 pounds. 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. The 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. She was last seen on Oahu at Laniakea on April 23,2010. After 32 days at sea, HiwaHiwa arrived at the French Frigate Shoals and lay 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 170 meters ( 570 feet), the deepest in green sea turtle history. Eventhough she was not on the ocean floor, scientist 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.* E Komo Mai* ~ Welcome Home, HiwaHiwa!

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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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