Turtle Independence Day

Turtle Independence Day

July 4
Since 1989, the Mauna Lani Resort in Hawaii has taken in baby Hawaiian green sea turtles from the Sea Life Park Hawaii by Dolphin Discovery in Oahu, Hawaii. Staffers raise the turtles in salt water ponds located on the resort hotel's grounds until they reach maturity and can be released into the wild. Baby turtles are only a few inches across, while mature turtles must be between 18 and 24 inches across. Every Fourth of July, a Turtle Independence Day is held in which turtles old enough and large enough to live in the ocean are brought down to the hotel's beach and let go. The hotel estimates that they have raised and released 125 turtles since the program began.
Because it is observed on the island of Hawaii, Turtle Independence Day serves as a way to promote a species native to the state. It is also an opportunity for families to learn more about the creatures. In addition to the release of the mature turtles, which is open to the public, the hotel also has entertainment, games, canoe rides, and educational displays for the children during the event.
CONTACTS:
Mauna Lani Resort
68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr.
Kohala Coast, HI 96743
808-885-6622
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