State of Hawai'i: Keep Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles on the Endangered Species List!
  • Petitioning Senator Donna Mercado Kim
  • Responded

This petition will be delivered to:

Senate District 14
Senator Donna Mercado Kim
See response
Senate District 23
Senator Clayton Hee
Senate District 6
Senator Rosalyn Baker
Senate District 13
Senator Suzanne Shun Oakland
Senate district 22
Senator Donovan De la Cruz
Senate district 7
Senator J. Kalani English
Senate District 19
Senator Will Espero
Senate District 20
Senator Mike Gabbard
senate District 20
Senator Brickwood Galuteria
Senate District 3
Senator Josh Green
Senate District 16
Senator David Ige
Senate District 10
Senator Les Ihara, Jr.
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Senate District 5
Senator gilbert Keith Agaran
Senate District 18
Senator Michelle N. Kidani
Senate District 8
Senator Ronald Kouchi
Senate District 17
Senator Clarence K. Nishihara
Senate District 2
Senator Russell E Ruderman
Senate District 21
Senator Maile S.L. Shimabukuro
Senate District 9
Senator Sam Slom
Senate District 4
Senator Malama Solomon
Senate diste 11
Senator Brian T Taniguchi
Senate District 25
Senator Lauren Thielen
Senate District 24
Senator Jill Tokuda
Senate District 15
Senator glenn Wakai
Lieutenant Governor, State of Hawai`i
The Honorable Shan S. Tsutsui,
Pacific Islands Regional Administrator, NOAA/NMFS
Mr. Michael Tosatto
Chairperson, Department of Land & Natural Resources
Mr. William J. Aila, Jr.

State of Hawai'i: Keep Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles on the Endangered Species List!

    1. Kim Gilfillan
    2. Petition by

      Kim Gilfillan

      Waialua, HI

Hello my name is Kim and I live in Hawai'i. I am an avid scuba diver, scuba instructor and have aided in the capture and release of many injured sea turtles due to fishing and ocean debris.

I am also active in counting and monitoring the sea turtles with several agencies. I care very deeply about the health of our oceans and protecting all marine life including our Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, known as Honu in Hawaiian.

I am here to request your “opposition" on HCR14, which urge the federal government to remove the honu from protections under the Endangered Species Act.

Based on the science, I do not think honu populations have recovered to the point of being removed from the Endangered Species List.

An average of 400 to 500 Hawaiian green sea turtles nested every year between 2002 and 2010. Last year a record 843 green sea turtles nested.

However those numbers fall far short of the requirement that 5,000 green sea turtles must nest each year for six consecutive years in order to reach recovery goals under the Endangered Species Act.

Just a thought...some of the turtles we have around the islands have resided in our waters before WWII.

In a 2004 Green Turtle Assessment , the Marine Turtle Specialist Group  (MTSG) of the IUCN  classified green turtles as endangered globally. Analyses of historic and recent abundance information by the MTSG indicates that extensive population declines have occurred in all major ocean basins over approximately the past 100-150 years. The MTSG analyzed population trends at 32 index nesting sites around the world and found a 48-65% decline in the number of mature females nesting annually over the past 100-150 years. 


-harvest of eggs and adults
-incidental capture in fishing gear
-fibropapillomatosis (disease)
-general threats to marine turtles

-loss of habitat
-increase of boating related deaths
-human development and destruction of nesting beaches


The principal cause of the historical, decline of the green turtle is long-term harvest of eggs and adults on nesting beaches and juveniles and adults on feeding grounds. These harvests continues to compromise efforts to recover this species.

Incidental capture in fishing gear, primarily in gillnets, but also in trawls, traps and pots, longlines, and dredges is a serious ongoing source of mortality that also adversely affects the species' recovery.

For more information:  (Turtle Island Restoration Network)

Please take a moment to let the State of Hawai'i know you oppose taking these beautiful and much loved sea turtles off the endangered species list!!!


1) It will take approximately 10 seconds to complete your opposition on the link below.

 2) sign this petition to the recipients.

Mahalo nui loa (Thank you very much)

Pictured above is a honu caught in a fishing hook.

(picture courtesy and copywrite protected by Scubadrew Videoworks)

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Update

      Kim Gilfillan
      Petition Organizer

      Our legislature has returned to the Capitol. Please continue to share this petition and spread the word. A date to address the Committee has not been set. I will keep you updated as more information becomes available. Thank you ♥

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. Decision-maker Senator Donna Mercado Kim responds:

      Senator Donna Mercado Kim

      Mahalo for your participation in this petition in opposition to HCR 14. HCR 14 has been referred to the Senate committees on Energy and Environment (ENE), Water and Land (WTL), and Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs (...

    5. Reached 2,000 signatures
    6. Decision-maker Senator Donna Mercado Kim responds:

      Senator Donna Mercado Kim

      Mahalo for your participation in this petition in opposition to HCR14.
      House Concurrent Resolution14 has not been officially accepted by the Senate. Once it does on Feb. 28, it will be referred to the appropriate committees. The comm...

    7. Reached 250 signatures
    8. Please make sure you go to the link in addition to signing this page.

      Kim Gilfillan
      Petition Organizer

      The link will take you directly to the petition page for instant submission to the committee!!! Mahalo!


    Reasons for signing

    • Annette Roll ONTARIO, CA
      • 4 days ago

      need to have them around for other generation to see in the wild

    • victoria lydon WEST YORKS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 days ago

      I have seen how tourists treat the sea turtles. They are a huge tourist attraction in Hawaii and without the laws to protect them, tourists think it's ok to shoot at the side of them and disturb them in their natural habitat. Even with the laws, i have had to tell several tourists to move away as they are literally within inches of them having their photo taken. Tourists and pollution disrupt the natural habitat of the turtle and they need laws to ensure they are protected

    • Nalani Ravelo SHERMAN OAKS, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      Being born and raised on the island of Oahu, you learn to respect the life within the islands. These creatures are far from being removed off the endangered species list. Too much respect, to much malama, for these honu.

    • Ben Calhoun BAY POINT, CA
      • 4 months ago

      It is simply important to coastal waters around the globe that these creatures survive and thrive. Keep them protected I wish I could give you My signatures I've collected Here:

      "Preserve the protected status of the Green Sea Turtles in Hawaii "

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 7 months ago

      "Life is life's greatest gift. Guard the life of another creature as you would your own because it is your own. On life's scale of values, the smallest is no less precious to the creature who owns it than the largest."

      -- Lloyd Biggle Jr.


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