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Pukalani was one of Laniakea's largest female adult baskers and first became known to NOAA scientists in 2000 when spotted nesting on East Island in the French Frigate Shoals. For many years, L-18 enjoyed feeding on the limu ( algae ) between Pu'ena Point and Laniakea, and was frequently seen basking in the sand along this 2 mile stretch of Kawailoa Beach. In February 2008, NOAA scientists attached a satellite tag and Time Depth Recorder to Pukalani?s shell. On April 7, 2008 she departed Laniakea, becoming the first Hawaiian green sea turtle to be tracked by Argos satellite telemetry from the feeding area of the North Shore of Oahu, to the nesting beaches of the French Frigate Shoals. After 29 days, L-18 arrived at the French Frigate Shoals. On May 30th, observers noted that Pukalani's left front flipper had been amputated, presumably by a tiger shark. Depite the disability, Pukalani successfully nested on June 10th. A few days later, her satellite tag ceased transmitting and she has not been seen again at Laniakea.





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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