Maui Honu Watch Project

Who knew that taking a nap on the beach could be detrimental to a turtle’s health? But that’s what’s happening.

“Basking,” a rare behavior in which green sea turtles crawl ashore for reasons other than nesting, is leaving them more vulnerable to well-intended, but disruptive human behavior.

That’s where you come in. Please show a turtle some aloha by spreading the word shared by our naturalists or Honu Guardians (Kia’i):

Turtles on the beach should be left undisturbed.  When in doubt if a turtle is injured or dead, please contact MOCMarineInstitute.  Take a photo and be prepared to text or email it to authorities of the Stranding Network, but be sure to stay a respectful distance from the turtle – at least 15 feet (5m).

  • Give turtles a 15-foot (5 meter) distance and plenty of room to get back to the ocean.
  • Take photos with no flash.
  • Keep your four-legged friends on a leash.
  • Wear reef-safe sunscreen.
  • Strive for Zero-Waste (Refused single-use plastics). Then, Reduce,Reuse, and Recycle.
  • Use reusable containers and utensils – and whenever possible, skip the plastic and opt for compostable alternatives.
  • Leave no trace: Carry your own trash out when you can, and “Take 3 for the Sea” and grab any other litter you may see. If you can’t haul your own litter, be sure to find a trash bin with a lid so it doesn’t blow back out.
Report turtle or other wildlife harassment to 1-808-643-3567.

Maui Honu Watch Project