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Information on Volunteering for Malama na Honu

1. How to become a Volunteer Honu Guardian:

  • Sign up by contacting us at info@malamanahonu.org
  • We run 3 hour shifts throughout day, morning until after sunset, where you will act as a Docent to explain facts about the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles to beach visitors.
  • You will also attempt to discourage visitors from harassing the turtles both in the water and on the beach.
  • We prefer that Guardians be 18 years of age or older but will accept younger people, but they MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult on the beach (preferably a parent).
  • We require that active volunteers commit to at least 2 shifts per month.
  • Prospective Guardians are required to attend an orientation session at the beach and then spend at least 2 shifts (or until they are comfortable with the job) “shadowing” experienced volunteers on their shifts.

2. The following are the responsibilities of a Honu Guardian at Laniakea Beach:

  • Set up signs and take equipment (ropes, signs, ID book, statistics book, information pamphlets and basking record sheets) to the beach (morning shift).
  • Watch for turtles emerging from the ocean.
  • Keep beach visitors from surrounding turtles as they haul out of the water.
  • Place red ropes around turtles at a 6-10 foot distance away from them as they settle in on the beach. Place warning signs around the perimeter.
  • Identify known turtles; place ID signs at appropriate spots to identify them for visitors.
  • Record the time each turtle comes out of the water and when it returns to the water.
  • Photograph turtles that cannot be identified (particularly the scales on both sides of the turtle’s face).
  • Talk to visitors, explaining facts about the turtles and the reasons why it is important to keep people from direct contact with them.
  • Advise snorkelers that the same rules regarding giving turtles space and not interfering with their activities applies in the water as well as on land.
  • Put away signs and equipment (sunset shift).

Hawaii Statewide Marine Animal Stranding, Entanglement & Reporting Hotline

(888) 256-9840

For illegal or suspicious activity:
1-800-853-1964 or (808) 643-DLNR (3567)
Email photos and videos to: RespectWildLife@noaa.gov

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