HTA Spotlight: Malama na Honu’s Mission to Protect Hawaii’s Green Sea Turtles
Malama Na Honu (MNH) is an organization supported through HTA’s Natural Resources Program, which works to respect, enhance and perpetuate Hawaii’s natural resources to ensure a high level of satisfaction for residents and visitors. MNH’s missions is to protect the Hawaiian green sea turtles through education, public awareness and conservation in the spirit of aloha. MNH educates beachgoers on the honu’s past plight, its comeback and ways to protect it in their Education and Conservation Project.
“Malama Na Honu will always be grateful for not only funding that the HTA provides, but also its firm belief and support of our mission,” said James Kennedy, board member, MNH. “Our outreach has been very effective and we owe a large portion of that success to the support that we receive from the HTA.”
The honu hold a special place in the hearts and minds of Hawaiians as it is one of the oldest and most iconic creatures of the Pacific, with immense cultural, traditional and spiritual significance. With a population nearly depleted in the 1960’s, Hawaii’s honu are now classified as a “threatened species” and protected under the Endangered Species Act. In recent years, however, with support from organizations like the HTA, the honu’s numbers have steadily increased.
For more information on Hawaii’s honu or how to become an MNH volunteer click here.