Hawai`i Tourism Authority and Hawai`i Community Foundation

Hawai`i Tourism Authority and Hawai`i Community Foundation

Ho`okuleana: Honu Watch: A Research, Education, and Community Management Project Conservation and Protection of the Honu at Ho`okipa Beach Park The primary goal of this project is to study the impact of organizational renewal and executive leadership through community management practices in order to increase the survival of the Hawaiian green sea turtles that bask and nest at Ho‘okipa Beach Park. Project leaders are marine naturalists who train new interns and volunteers to protect the turtles them from human disturbance and human harassment. This proposal places trainers and trained marine naturalists at Ho`okipa Beach Park to educate tourists and visitors about the need to protect the turtles from harassment and to conserve the turtles’ natural basking environment. Trained marine naturalists will be at Ho`okipa from 8:00am – 7:00pm each and every day of the year. This is a community-based project that will elevate public awareness of sea turtles, by enhancing visitors’ experiences and building local stewardship values, which will then perpetuate sea turtle conservation in Hawai‘i and worldwide.