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6 Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles to be Released

August 29, 2013, 6:53 AM HST
* Updated August 29, 7:04 AM
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Blessing and Release.  Photo courtesy Zane Mathias and Maui Ocean Center.

Blessing and Release. Photo courtesy Zane Mathias and Maui Ocean Center.

By Wendy Osher

The Maui Ocean Center hosts a honu or turtle release this morning in West Maui, according to a company announcement.

During the Holomua nā Honu event, six 2-year-old juvenile Hawaiian green sea turtles will be released into the ocean.

The release takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at Kāʻanapali Beach fronting the Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel.

According to the announcement, the turtles served as ambassadors of their species, helping to educate the public while under the care of staff at Maui Ocean Center, through Sea Life Park Hawaiʻi’s hatch-and-release program.

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Now, officials say, they are ready to continue their life in the wild.

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The event features presentations by local marine biologists, researchers and community members; as well as informational booths, a close-up honu encounter, and a Hawaiian blessing of the Honu to precede their release.

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