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City suspends overnight camping at Bellows Beach this summer due to turtle nesting

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Published: Apr. 8, 2022 at 6:26 AM HST
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WAIMANALO (HawaiiNewsNow) - The city is suspending overnight camping at Bellows Field Beach Park in Waimanalo all summer long due to turtle nesting.

The campground will close from April 18 to Sept. 1, the city said.

Green sea turtle hatchings were first observed on that shoreline during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, when beaches were empty.

Officials have documented several human activities that threaten the safety of nesting turtles such as illegal beach off-roading, camp fires, illegal trash dumping, artificial lights and dogs.

Wildlife experts want to make sure the sand is clear if the turtles return.

The beach will still be open on weekends during the day. Military training will also still be allowed on the weekdays.

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