Guide to The Hawaiian Islands : Kauai Travel Planner 2016-2017
800-262-1400 21 Honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle) Greens are the most common species of sea turtle found in Hawaiian waters. Historically, green sea turtles have played a large role in the Hawaiian culture. There were families that considered the honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle) a 'aumakua (personal family deity), not to be harmed. Artistic elements of honu have also been featured prominently in some cultures of the region, such as petroglyphs and tattoo designs. The Hawaiian green sea turtle population was in a steep decline as of the 1970s because of direct harvest of both turtles and eggs by humans. The population has grown steadily over the last thirty years after protection began in 1978. If you see honu basking on the beach or in the water while snorkeling, admire them from a reasonable distance and do not alter their natural behavior. Please do not attempt to touch, feed or harass honu in any way. Hawaiian Monk Seal Endangered alert! There are less than 35 Hawaiian monk seals in the waters and beaches of Kaua'i, and they are one of the more endangered species in the world. If you're lucky enough to spot a Hawaiian monk seal resting on the beach, please remember it's in its home and native habitat. Please inform your keiki (children) and beware of the following practices: • Never approach a monk seal on the beach (stay at least 150 feet away). • Don't throw things at a monk seal, shout to get its attention or otherwise try to cause one to move. • Please take any pictures from a respectful distance with the flash off. Besides being pono (proper), there are strict state and federal laws prohibiting the harassment of marine wildlife such as Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles, dolphins and humpback whales. These laws are strictly enforced in Hawai'i and have severe penalties if broken. Find more information through the Kaua'i Monk Seal Watch Program at kauaimonkseal.com. 800-225-2683 2640 Puaholo Road, Koloa, Kauai www.whalerscoveresort.com One of Kauai's hidden treasures! A distinctive, secluded hideaway overlooking wide blue Poipu ocean. 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom condos. Fully-equipped kitchen. Daily service. Heated in nity pool. Jacuzzi spa. Walk to dining and shopping. Fitness packages & grocery service available.
Island of Hawaii Travel Planner 2017-2018