Coming Up – Turtle Independence Day

This July 4 come celebrate the 23rd annual Turtle Independence Day at The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows – a FREE community celebration that sees Hawaiian green sea turtles (Honu), an identified threatened species, released into the freedom of the open ocean in the form of a traditional Hawaiian ceremony.

The sea turtle is the only indigenous reptile of Hawaii , evolving some 180 million years ago, and has become a significant symbol of the Islands .  It represents longevity, safety and Mana (spiritual energy) and Native Hawaiians consider it the bearer of good luck and peace.

Since 1989 Mauna Lani Bay has received 3-5 month old juvenile Honu from Oahu’s Sea Life Park and has raised them in the saltwater ponds of the resort.  The Honu are raised for 2-3 years and attentively cared for until they grow to a size and weight that is classified as healthy for release into the ocean.

More than 200 Honu have been released into the pristine waters in front of the resort since the program’s inception.

While Turtle Independence Day is fun-filled day for the whole family, it’s also an opportunity to raise awareness of the need to preserve and protect the Honu through education in the spirit of aloha.

As part of the day’s activities, guests can also enjoy an educational display about the Honu and a BBQ with classic July 4 fare showcasing Hawaii Island grown produce.

Year-round, Mauna Lani Bay offers its famous complimentary Fishing Feeding Tour to its guests where you can learn more about the Honu and the 85 different fish species cared for in the resort’s ponds.

Make the most of the holiday and stay at Mauna Lani Bay by taking advantage of the resort’s special rates and discounts. Visit www.maunalani.com or call 800-367-2323.

WHAT:  Turtle Independence Day Celebration and July 4 BBQ

WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 2012

BBQ from 9.30 am – 12 noon. Honu celebration from 10:30 am – 12 noon

WHERE: Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, 68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii Island

COST: Turtle Independence Day is FREE. Individual menu prices for July 4 BBQ.

Special commemorative Turtle Independence Day t-shirts available for sale

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