April 8, 2012

Honu - Turtle

Of all the Hawaiian wild life we encounter, my favorite has to be the green sea turtles, or honu. We've been fortunate enough to see them a few times underwater while snorkeling, but in honor of Kyle's cousin visiting, we went in search of them on dry land. There's a place on the North Shore called Turtle Beach, and surprisingly enough you're supposed to be able to see lots of turtles coming ashore and "basking" on the sand.

Warning: These videos are a little slow. Ha!

We started off eating at Kono's in Haleiwa Town. So fun to try a different restaurant every time you visit a place!
 
 At first you see one shadow of a turtle, then about eight of his friends.

You can see them pop their heads up out of the water!

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After about two minutes, the kids got bored with the turtles and moved on to digging in the sand.
A beautiful beach to visit, but the rocky shore isn't the best for swimming. But it apparently makes a great turtle restaurant! 
One side is deserted, but you can follow the crowds to the turtles.
You can get close up and personal while they bask in the sun. 

 First they come on to the beach...
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Lay there for a while...
 RaeRae observing behind the red rope, indicating the safe distance away from the turtles.
 A local group volunteers answering questions and keeping the honu safe from curious visitors. Most of the turtles are regulars, so they put up signage so you know how old they are and how much they weigh. I'm sure the turtles love that being public knowledge.
After laying around for a while... 
 they start the journey back to sea...
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...and finish the journey back to sea!
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You can hear her saying "I like honu" over and over again in the videos. 
 A day on the North Shore isn't complete without shave ice afterwards!

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