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Mauna Lani Bay hosts annual turtle Independence Day celebration

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From Sea Life Park:

Since 1989, Mauna Lani has received juvenile honu (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles) from Oahu’s Sea Life Park, and has raised them in the saltwater ponds of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. The honu are cared for until they grow to a size and weight that are deemed appropriate for release into the wild. This release occurs every July 4th at the ocean’s edge fronting the hotel.

On Monday, July 4, 2016 the honu will be gathered at 10:30 am from the Honu Ponds and they will be paraded to the beachfront for the release. A welcome ceremony with a hula performance by Halau Waiau will kick-off the event followed by the release. This annual celebration honors the honu and helps educate the public about the Hawaiian green sea turtle. Families are invited to join the celebration!

  • Live entertainment
  • Educational display about Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles
  • July 4th fare available for purchase including favorites from island Food Trucks
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