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


Tammy Tootell

President

Christine Fisher

Treasurer

Erynn Tait

Secretary

Debbie Herrera

Board Member; Volunteer &
Education Coordinator

Karen Cheek

Board Member

Don Porter

Board Member; Fund Raising Chairman

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 - 12/31/23
1. Janis Honda 4,790.5
2. Debbie Herrera 3,715.38
3. Sonny Sampaga 2,889
4. Don Porter 2,115.25
5. Joe Murphy 1,772.25
6. Bev Murphy 1,729.25
7. Bruce Beck 1,706.75
8. Jan Shea 1,650.5
9. Donna Orr 1,617
10. Gayle Kriese 1,522
11. Vicki Dela Cruz 1,405.25
12 Jim Kennedy 1,258
13. Tim Wesely 1,215.75
14. Joanne Pettigrew 1,174
15. Laura Luger 1,064.5
16. Luanna Meyer 905.25
17. Chuck Roberts 846
18. Lolita Ayala 806.25
19. Sadie Hausman 642
20. Kelly Hardy 638.5
Most 2023 Beach Hours Protecting the Honu & Educating the Public - 12/31/23
1. Bruce Beck 384.5
2. Janis Honda 363
3. Debbie Herrera 357
4. Tim Wesely 327.25
5. Jerry Manka 294.75
6. Christine Fisher 180.75
7. Sadie Hausman 175.5
8. Rita Metzinger 149.75
9. Don Porter 142.5
10. Rebecca Manuel 130.75
11. Patty LaBelle 130.5
12. Kendra Morgan 126.5
13. Kristin Schou 121.75
14. Lori Daugherty 119.5
15. Austin Schou 115.25
16. Jennifer Baldwin 100.75
17. Luanna Meyer 97
18. Mo (Marissa) Danta 96.5
19. Ryan Siu 95.5
20. Sheila Mackertich 93.5