This July 4th, Mauna Lani Bay, located on the Kohala Coast in Hawaii, will host the 27th annual "July 4th Turtle Independence Celebration" from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Since 1989, Mauna Lani has received juvenile honu (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles) from Oahu’s Sea Life Park, and has raised them in the saltwater ponds of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel.
The honu are cared for until they grow to a size and weight that are deemed appropriate for release into the wild. This release occurs every July 4th at the ocean’s edge fronting the hotel.
On Monday, July 4, 2016, the honu will be gathered at 10:30 am from the Honu Ponds and they will be paraded to the beachfront for the release. A welcome ceremony with a hula performance by Halau Waiau will kick-off the event followed by the release.