We are excited to announce the new Honu ʻEa block print! The Hawaiian Hawksbill Turtle, also known as the Honu ʻEa, is a critically endangered sea turtle that nests on Hawaiian shorelines. These migratory turtles always return to the shore where they were born to nest, so keeping the Hawaiian coastline safe for them is extremely important in helping conserve the dwindling population.
The Hawksbill has long been a turtle of importance to many cultures; in some it was eaten as a delicacy, and tortoise shell was commonly used for implements such as eyeglasses and combs, which contributed to the decline of the population. The Honu ʻEa is mentioned in the Hawaiian creation chant, or kumulipo, and is regarded as an aumakua (which translates roughly as family god) to some Hawaiian families.
We have a new Honu Pillow Cover, which comes in blue, and is also available in tan. The Honu Pillow Cover and matching coasters will be available in limited quantities at our booth at World Whale Day. The full Honu line is currently only available through Harbor Gallery on the Big Island. They are carrying pillow covers, tote bags, trivets and drink mats in two colors.
We would like to thank our friend Steve Williams of the Maui Dawn Patrol, a volunteer program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, for educating us about the Hawaiian Hawksbill Turtle, and Gunner and Elli at Harbor Gallery for their enthusiasm about the design! If you would like to get involved, the Dawn Patrol is an organization where volunteers look for turtle tracks in an effort to find and protect vulnerable nesting grounds.