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Sapphire, an adult female approximately 40 years old, is recognized by her beautifully rounded carapace (shell). Sapphire basks on an irregular schedule, usually skipping late fall and early winter months. During the 2008 nesting season, Sapphire completed the 1000 mile migration to the French Frigate Shoals, departing Laniakea in April and returning in August. In March 2012, a satellite transmitter and Time Depth Recorder were attached to her shell by marine scientists from NOAA. Satellite tracking indicates she stayed close to the North Shore of Oahu, rather than migrating. Basking records and confirming information received from NOAA indicates that Sapphire visited the nesting grounds again in 2015. True to her recent basking pattern, she did not immediately return to bask at Laniakea after nesting, but took her normal early winter hiatus. Late January 2016 saw her return to basking at our beach.





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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