This Hawaiian Hawksbill Conservation educational site is dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of the critically endangered Hawaiian hawksbill sea turtle, honu'ea (Eretmochelys imbricata), to aid in its local and global conservation.
Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) to everyone who has contributed to this project (1998-present)!
"Every scale tells a tale!"
Number of Hawaiian hawksbills in this statewide photo-ID catalog:
Mahalo to all who have contributed sightings and support!
Please remember... Sea turtles are protected under state and federal laws and it is illegal to harass, harm, pursue, or capture. Please ensure that photos are taken from a responsible and respectful distance. Any efforts to photograph turtles must not disturb or alter natural behavior.
Check out the citizen science platforms
inaturalist.org, anecdata.org & scistarter.org
to see this project:
September-October 2019 Ke Ola magazine article
Meet Tauzer, the Honu'ea Hound (click here for his story)!
Our @SHARKastics signature slogan:
Our "Finding 'Oli" book is available now!
#MUI27 "'Oli" (joy, happiness, pleasure) is a juvenile hawksbill that we used to "know" regularly for ~18 months in 2009-2010. Our friend Marjorie Tyler, a Maui author and artist, wrote a family story about 'Oli in 2010 (based on our actual adventures). We recently updated it to include all kinds of educational information, photos by Anita and Cheryl, plus Marjorie's beautiful paintings of 'Oli's story.
All proceeds will be donated to this project, thanks to the kindness of Marjorie and Sharon Lund's publishing company.
Mahalo nui loa!
Mahalo nui loa!