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Kaipua, a subadult turtle, first appeared at Laniakea in May 2015 but did not establish regular appearances until June. L-32 exhibits a medium sized fibropapailloma tumor where the right front flipper meets the turtle's body. This is the first turtle basking at Laniakea to exhibit one of these tumors since Genbu, one of our adult male turtles, was treated and cured of this malady back in 2009. In April 17, 2018, L-32 hauled out onto the beach evidencing significant damage to the rear portion of the shell. The NOAA veterinarian who evaluated the injury concluded that the damage had been caused by a boat propeller strike and that, luckily, there were no apparent internal injuries. This allowed Kaipua to be returned to the waters at Laniakea the same day. Volunteers continue to monitor Kaipua's healing process and periodically send photos to NOAA officials. This injury is healing nicely. Kaipua basks primarily on the shelf at the southwest end of the 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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