Sea Turtles of Hawaii
64pp. September 2001
Sea Turtles of Hawaii
Author: Ching, Patrick;
Winner, 2002 Ka Palapala Pookela Awards for Excellence in Illustration, Natural Science, Children's Books

Enter the world of the honu, Hawai'i's beloved green sea turtle. Revered by Hawaiians since ancient times, and playing an important role in their culture, these turtles were reduced to dangerously low numbers by commercial fishing before gaining protection as a threatened species under federal law.

Born and raised in Hawai'i, author Patrick Ching has long admired these turtles that "fly through the sea." As a ranger for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ching studied the honu closely, living within the turtles' nesting grounds on the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. This book, written for readers of all ages, includes fascinating information on the natural history of the sea turtle species that occur in Hawaiian waters. It is generously illustrated with excellent photographs and Ching's own illustrations. The author's primary focus is on life history, breeding biology, and conservation of the honu, Hawai'i's most prominent sea turtle.

A Latitude 20 Book
"Written in easy, conversational style, this book is suitable for anyone from middle-school age and up, and it is clearly written to be intelligible to those who don't live here." --Honolulu Advertiser, 15 December 2001

"It is impossible not become fond of sea turtles after leafing through this book." --Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 12 November 2001

Author: Ching, Patrick;
Patrick Ching has devoted much of his life to educating people about Hawai'i's unique and endangered flora and fauna. He is best known for his beautiful artwork depicting Hawaiian wildlife and is the author of several books on natural history, including The Hawaiian Monk Seal (UH Press, 1994).
Lasting Impressions
In the Name of the Honu
Royalty, Religion, and the Mystical Honu
Evolving through Depth and Time
Sea-turtle Anatomy
The Loggerhead
The Olive Ridley
The Leatherback
The Hawksbill or ‘Ea
The Hawaiian Green Turtle or Honu
Gathering on the Shoals
Sex and Mating
Incubation and Hatching
The Trek to the Sea
Growing, Grazing, and the Span of Life
Natural Neighbors
Trials of Life, Causes of Death
Ancient Kapu to Modern Law
Mysterious Tumors
Additional Threats
Native Gathering
Modern Conservation
In the Public Eye
The Power of Education
Sharing Sand and Sea
In the Spirit of Aloha
Photo Album
Acknowledgments (Mahalo)
Suggested Reading