Of the five marine turtle species that can be found in Hawaiian waters, the most common are the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle and the Hawaiian Hawksbill, both of which are listed as threatened or endangered. Threats to sea turtles include the loss of nesting grounds due to the destruction of critical nesting habitat, boat strikes, light pollution, line entanglement due to fisheries interactions and disease to name a few. Currently, no facility exists on the island of Maui to care for these animals when they become sick or injured, resulting in the need to transport them to Oahu where they do not have the capacity to support long-term rehabilitation.
Future plans at the Institute includes the construction of a long-term rehabilitation facility where injured or sick turtles can fully recover prior to being released back to the ocean.
Honu Checkup: Maui Ocean Center
To rescue, rehabilitate and release threatened and endangered Hawaiian sea turtles, maintain a repository for rare and endemic Hawaiian corals and to provide educational opportunities in marine sciences and conservation at all levels.