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

Joseph Murphy


Don Porter

Vice President; Fund Raising Chairman

Beverly Murphy


Kylie Emily


Debbie Herrera

Board Member; Volunteer &
Education Coordinator

Kelly Hardy

Board Member


Joanne Pettigrew

Founder & Historian

Jim Kennedy

Director Emeritus


Noteworthy Service by Malama na Honu Beach Volunteers

Most Lifetime Beach Hours Protecting the Honu & Educating the Public - 3/31/20
1. Janis Honda 3,362
2. Sonny Sampaga 2,850
3. Debbie Herrera 2,395
4. Joe Murphy 1,772
5. Bev Murphy 1,729
6. Don Porter 1,656
7. Gayle Kriese 1,481
8. Jan Shea 1,451
9. Donna Orr 1,424
10. Vickie Dela Cruz 1,405
11. Jim Kennedy 1,258
12 Joanne Pettigrew 1,174
13. Chuck Roberts 846
14. Laura Luger 832
15. Denice Painter 623
Most 2020 Beach Hours Protecting the Honu & Educating the Public through 3/31/20
1. Janis Honda 93
2. Debbie Herrera 69
3. Anissa Krick 57
4. Marie Sledd 46
5. Melissa Walsh 43
6. Lolita Ayala 40
7. Don Porter 35
8. Duane Voss 35
9. Gayle Kriese 33
10. Bev Murphy 32
10. Joe Murphy 32
12. Bruce Beck 31
12. Rafael Gacel-Sinclair 31
14. Erynn Tait 26
15. Janet Voss 25
15. Lorna Farnsworth 25