About Us


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


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 - 8/7/20
1. Janis Honda 3,472
2. Sonny Sampaga 2,860
3. Debbie Herrera 2,492
4. Joe Murphy 1,772
5. Bev Murphy 1,729
6. Don Porter 1,685
7. Gayle Kriese 1,481
8. Jan Shea 1,461
9. Donna Orr 1,434
10. Vickie Dela Cruz 1,405
11. Jim Kennedy 1,258
12 Joanne Pettigrew 1,174
13. Laura Luger 848
14. Chuck Roberts 846
15. Denice Painter 623
Most 2020 Beach Hours Protecting the Honu & Educating the Public through 8/7/20
1. Janis Honda 204
2. Debbie Herrera 167
3. Melissa Walsh 160
4. Noah Walsh 142
5. Aiden Walsh 138
6. Matt Walsh 138
7. Kiersten Walsh 134
8. Lolita Ayala 104
9. Bruce Beck 103
10. Erynn Tait 97
11. Tim Wesely 92
12. Marie Sledd 74
12. Ainsley Tait 71
14. Don Porter 64
15. Anissa Krick 64