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Jaime Ahmed, staff writer

For most of us a drive to the North Shore is pretty far, considering we live on an island, but once you discover what the North Shore has to offer, the drive is well worth it! All year round, Hawaiian green sea turtles come ashore to bask in the hot Hawaiian sun at Laniakea Beach, also known as Turtle Beach. Although the sea turtles may look inviting, getting too close is a no-no.

Hawaiian green sea turtles are an endangered species and are protected by law. You should give the sea turtles at least 10 feet of space, never feed or tease them, and touching them is out of the question.

A good time to see the turtles are in the afternoon, this is when you’ll see at least two or three basking on the beach. So far, 20 turtles have visited Laniakea. Each has been tagged with a harmless tracking device similar to the chip used for cats and dogs. They are tracked for educational studies to learn about their breeding habits, their dive depth, and how long they can stay submerged underwater.

If you are looking for a great place to spend your day, Laniakea Beach is the place to check out. Not only is the scenery beautiful, but you’ll never be alone while tanning on the beach. Remember not to bother our cold-blooded friends. After all, they bask in the sand for the same reasons we do, to be warm, to relax, and to be admired, not to be bothered and harassed.

In fact, they are protected. If you harrass them, you could end up in jail.


A banner hangs from trees along the shore reminding visitors to respect the turtles’ space.

Photo by Jaime Ahmed



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