Other Wildlife of Keālia Pond
Hawksbill Turtle / Eretmochelys imbricata / Honu ‘ea
Honu ‘ea use different habitats at different stages of their life cycle, but are typically found around coastal reefs, rocky areas, estuaries and lagoons.
The hawksbill's narrow head and jaws shaped like a beak allow it to get food from crevices in coral reefs. They eat sponges, anemones, squid and shrimp.
At night, mature females (20 to 50 years old) crawl ashore and excavate pits above the high-tide line, in which they lay their eggs. In 7 to 12 weeks the eggs hatch and the tiny hatchlings make their way to the surface and out to sea.