About Us

Malama na Honu

Mission Statement

To protect Hawaiian sea turtles through education, public awareness and conservation, all in the Spirit of Aloha.

Who We Are

Malama na Honu (Protect the Turtles) is a tax-exempt non profit entity that was created in 2007 to become the successor to the “Show Turtles Aloha” campaign originated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Turtle Research Program in 2005. Our organization is made up of over 95 dedicated and knowledgeable volunteer “Honu Guardians” who are on the beach every day of the year to prevent intentional and inadvertent harassment of the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles as they bask peacefully on the beach and to provide educational outreach to the public by imparting facts about the turtles, explaining their behaviors and creating an awareness of the ongoing need to protect this “threatened” species.

Persons interested in helping the Honu at Laniakea may do so through donations, symbolic Honu adoptions or by volunteering their time at the beach. 

Board of Directors

Kylie Emily


Don Porter

Vice President; Fund Raising Chairman

Lolita Ayala


Tammy Tootell


Debbie Herrera

Board Member; Volunteer &
Education Coordinator

Kelly Hardy

Board Member

Tim Wesely

Board Member


Joanne Pettigrew

Founder & Historian

Jim Kennedy

Director Emeritus

Joe Murphy



Noteworthy Service by Malama na Honu Beach Volunteers

Most Lifetime Beach Hours Protecting the Honu & Educating the Public - 6/30/21
1. Janis Honda 3,797
2. Sonny Sampaga 2,889
3. Debbie Herrera 2,790
4. Don Porter 1,786
5. Joe Murphy 1,772
6. Bev Murphy 1,729
7. Gayle Kriese 1,510
8. Jan Shea 1,506
9. Donna Orr 1,479
10. Vickie Dela Cruz 1,405
11. Jim Kennedy 1,258
12 Joanne Pettigrew 1,174
13. Laura Luger 885
14. Chuck Roberts 846
15. Lolita Ayala 697
Most 2021 Beach Hours Protecting the Honu & Educating the Public through 6/30/21
1. Debbie Herrera 248
2. Zoe Gieger 245
3. Janis Honda 205
4. Tim Wesely 179
5. Bruce Beck 177
6. Bianca Falcone 127
7. Graceann Ebia 100
8. Sadie Hausman 100
9. Ryan Siu 92
10. Suzanne Berbert 87
11. Kathleen Wesely 81
12. Ina Lewis 62
13. Dee Anna Root 61
14. Konrad Utterback 61
15. Lolita Ayala 61