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Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle or Honu

If you spend time at some of the rural beaches in Hawaii, there is a good chance that you will be able to see the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, called “Honu” in Hawaiian.

The Hawaiian Sea Turtle is a majestic creature, hunted nearly to extinction in modern Hawaii, until it was placed on the Threatened Species list in 1978.

Here is a shot of the turtle, in Hawaiian waters:

Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle Honu

90% of the the nesting activity for the turtles takes place in the French Frigate Shoals, which is under the National Wildlife and Refuge System, which offers some protection for the species.

We’ve seen the turtles off the Blowhole near Sandy Beach on Oahu, Mokuleia Beach on Oahu’s North Shore, and at the Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku, also on Oahu. They can also be seen off the Kohala Coast in North Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.

If you do see them, please do not touch or harass them, as it is illegal…….allow them to enjoy their natural habitat, and you can enjoy them too!

Oahu and the Shrimp Truck

On the scenic North Shore of Oahu, you’ll find a curious phenomena – as you drive along Kamehameha Highway, you’ll see Shrimp Trucks dotting the landscape.

Here’s a tip……..if you want freshly cooked, succulent shrimp, be sure to visit the “Original” Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck in Kahuku, on the island of Oahu.

If you love shrimp (and you’d better, because that’s all they serve), you’re going to love their Shrimp Scampi, Hawaii-style.

One dozen jumbo shrimp, smothered in garlic and butter, dripping over white rice.

They’ve got several picnic style tables set up under canvas tarps.

No, it isn’t fancy, but I can’t think of a better way to spend time, eating a delicious meal outside, close to the beach, in a largely unspoiled stretch of Oahu.

Tip: If you like a little heat, be sure to ask for some hot dipping sauce for your shrimp scampi – but be careful! It can blow your mouth off!