Honu Health assessment at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park (9/26/23) The end of the work day group phote of the HPA STRP team and the Park Service personnel. The HPA Sea Turtle Research Program visited Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park on Tuesday (Sept. 26, 2023) to conduct a our annual health assessment of the Park’s resident Honu.  …

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HPA US scuba club dives paniau Laura Jim, HPA SCUBA instructor and SCUBA club advisor took 5 HPA upper school students diving on Sunday morning (9/17/2023) at Paniau, Puako, Hawaii.  The weather was beautiful and the sea was calm.  Below is a short video of their adventure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eijWAvnGQbA


LAURA JIM PRESENTS AT NMEA CONFERENCE Laura Jim, HPA’s Marine Studies Director, traveled to Belingham Washington to present at the National Marine Educators Association’s (NMEA) 2023 conference.  The conference, “Strait to Sound: Gathering at the Salish Sea”, was held at Western Washington University.  Laura’s presentation highlighted the HPA Sea Turtle Research Program and how it …

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Mauna Lani Honu

Marine explorations academy students visit MLAR On Wednesday, July 28th, 30 students from the Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Summer Marine Explorations Academy visited the Mauna Lani Auberge Resort’s fishponds and their Mālama Honu program.  Established in 1989, the Mauna Lani Hotel partnered with Oahu’s Sea Life Park to raise some of their captive bred honu (green …

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Charity Walk 2023

HAWAII ISLAND CHARITY WALK Charity Walk at Wailkoloa Beach Resort, Queen’s Marketplace, May 13, 2023.  Laura Jim and 4 HPA students hosted a sea turtle research and conservation booth at the Charity Walk on Saturday.  They set up around 0630 and answered questions about Hawaiian sea turtle conservation and research through the eyes of the …

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Makala’s Home Range

Makala continues to remain in the same area on the southern Great Barrier Reef.   See Video of her Home Range as of 7/31/23 https://youtu.be/KXHhmP6gs1E Makala has remained in her home range habitat on the southern Great Barrier Reef.  The video above highlights Makala’s movements during the time period from 4/2/2023 to 5/26/2023.  The trajectories are …

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HPA STRP Visits Hualalai resort HPA students, resort personnel and guests walk down to the ocean to release a honu after it was weighed, measured, tagged and numbered.  As you can see, the surf was rather high making it difficult to locate the honu. https://turtle.hpa.edu/wp-content/uploads/IMG_1748-2.mov Laura Jim, Marc Rice and 7 HPA student volunteers joined …

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Science Fair

HPA STUDENTS DO WELL AT STATE SCIENCE FAIR Two HPA students were invited to participate in the Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair which was held at the  Neil Blaisdell Center on 4/5 and 4/6/2023.  The two students, Alden Mazo and Minami Asbjornson, both took second place in their categories (Animal Sciences and Microbiology) for …

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Puako Tagging Trip

Tagging Trip- 92 Puako Beach Road On Monday, 4/17/2023, Laura Jim, Marc Rice and 10 HPA Sea Turtle Research Program volunteers traveled to Puako to capture, measure, weigh and tag green turtles (honu).  We were joined by George Balazs who traveled over from Honolulu.  We arrived at the tagging site at 0830, set up our …

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