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


Tammy Tootell


Debbie Herrera

Board Member; Volunteer &
Education Coordinator

Amanda Kaufmann (Kauai)

Board Member

Kelly Hardy

Board Member

Erynn Tait

Board Member

Tim Wesely

Board Member


Joanne Pettigrew

Founder & Historian

Jim Kennedy

Director Emeritus


Noteworthy Service by Mālama i nā honu Beach Volunteers

Most Lifetime Beach Hours Protecting the Honu & Educating the Public - 3/31/22
1. Janis Honda 4,109
2. Debbie Herrera 3,029
3. Sonny Sampaga 2,889
4. Don Porter 1,878
5. Joe Murphy 1,772
6. Bev Murphy 1,729
7. Jan Shea 1,553
8. Donna Orr 1,532
9. Gayle Kriese 1,514
10. Vickie Dela Cruz 1,405
11. Jim Kennedy 1,258
12 Joanne Pettigrew 1,174
13. Bruce Beck 985
14. Laura Luger 932
15. Chuck Roberts 846
Most 2022 Beach Hours Protecting the Honu & Educating the Public - 3/31/22
1. Bruce Beck 145
2. Janis Honda 104
3. Debbie Herrera 89
4. Tim Wesely 82
5. Cathy Haupt 70
6. Abby Nelson 69
7. Sadie Hausman 56
8. Graceann Ebia 56
9. Megan Baumer 54
10. Ryan Siu 46
11. Luanna Meyer 42
12. Paula Toski 39
13. Karen Cheek 37
14. Don Porter 30
15. Jennifer Brennon 29
15. Roxanne Smith 29