Nothing Draws a Crowd Like a Honu

I am finally back from vacation on Kauai and I have a lot to talk about, but it is going to have to wait until I have time to sleep after a hellish day of travel—thank you American Airlines—and the joys of several inches of snow.  We’re still in a drought, so I will only complain about moisture a little bit.

One thing that is true about your time at the beach in Hawaii is that nothing draws a crowd quite like a green sea turtle or honu:

Honu

This fine specimen beached on the left side of the trombolo at Poipu Beach State Park on the south shore of Kauai.  Apparently, on the other side of the trombolo that very night a half dozen honus decided to come ashore to the delight of everyone waiting for the sunset.  Although we did not see any on our time in Poipu, the endangered Hawaiian monk seal is also known to beach itself near these very shores.

It’s amazing how excited people get about animals and nature without paying it a conscious thought, but if you asked many of these same people their views on conservation I bet the response would not be so excited.  Heck, I bet it would be hostile.

However, we have a need to be connected to nature that persists.  It’s why it is so important to preserve what we have left and recover what we can while we can.

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