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

Mālama i nā 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


Don Porter

President; Fund Raising Chairman

Lolita Ayala

Treasurer

Tammy Tootell

Secretary

Debbie Herrera

Board Member; Volunteer &
Education Coordinator

Kelly Hardy

Board Member

Erynn Tait

Board Member

Tim Wesely

Board Member

Consultants


Joanne Pettigrew

Founder & Historian

Jim Kennedy

Director Emeritus

HONU GUARDIANS

Noteworthy Service by Mālama i nā honu Beach Volunteers

Most Lifetime Beach Hours Protecting the Honu & Educating the Public - 9/30/22
1. Janis Honda 4,326
2. Debbie Herrera 3,273
3. Sonny Sampaga 2,889
4. Don Porter 1,938
5. Joe Murphy 1,772
6. Bev Murphy 1,729
7. Jan Shea 1,582
8. Donna Orr 1,564
9. Gayle Kriese 1,522
10. Vickie Dela Cruz 1,405
11. Jim Kennedy 1,258
12 Bruce Beck 1,225
13. Joanne Pettigrew 1174
14. Debbie Zitkovich 991
15. Laura Luger 960
16. Chuck Roberts 846
17. Cheryl Kojima 839
18. Tim Wesely 809
19. Luanna Meyer 785
20. Lolita Ayala 764
Most 2022 Beach Hours Protecting the Honu & Educating the Public - 9/30/22
1. Bruce Beck 384
2. Debbie Herrera 333
3. Janis Honda 322
4. Tim Wesely 273
5. Sadie Hausman 159
6. Cathy Haupt 154
7. Kaitlyn Kinley 124
8. Ryan Siu 123
9. Jennifer Brennon 118
10. Megan Baumer 106
11. Luanna Meyer 106
12. Graceann Ebia 92
13. Don Porter 90
14. Samantha McGowan 87
15. Karen Cheek 81
15. Kathleen Wesely 81
17. Abby Nelson 81
18. Sarah Misell 80
19. Leina`ala Herrera 76
20. Rita Metzinger 75