The MURDER of "Honey Girl"

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"Aloha Honey Girl"

Last September we went cruising along the North Shore of Oahu and took pictures of the Endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles or Honu (ho noo) at Laniakea Beach.

The "Ancients" of the ocean, the sea turtles, have roamed the seas for 200 milliion years and even survived the Ice Age. Six of the seven species are classified endangered or on the verge of extinction.

The Chinese believed that the sea turtle meant "wisdom" while the Hawaiian legend tells of a green sea turtle named Kauila (cow ih la) who watched over the children playing on the beach in Punaluu (poo na loo oo) on the Big Island of Hawaii.

"Honey Girl" was one of a group of 20 Honu that frequented this beach to bathe in the sun and swim in the surf at Laniakea...otherwise known as "TURTLE BEACH".

She was believed to be about 30 years old, 200 pounds and at the peak of her reproductive years. 

She was literally slaughtered with her head and shell cut off, she was missing a flipper, her flesh removed and found partially buried in the sand.

We have respected and abided by the laws that protect our endangered species.....who would do such a thing?

Aloha "Honey Girl". 

Malama Na Honu has a team of volunteers who go to Laniakea daily to educate the public and to erect barricades around the sea turtles that come on the beach to bask in the sun. Thank you to Malama Na Honu ...for watching over and taking care of our turtles at Laniakea.

** Violations of the Endangered Species Act can bring penalties of up to a year in jail and a $50,000 fine.

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.


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Well if the flesh was taken someone inteded to eat the flesh.

I would start looking at somone from whatever kinds of

demographics eat turtle.

Jul 23, 2008 05:34 AM #51
Stefanie Tillman

I just heard this story on CNN and cried.  I couldn't help but ask outloud 'Why are people so evil and cruel?' 

Jul 23, 2008 06:07 AM #52

I too just heard about this on CNN. What kind of sick individual would do this ? Hopefully the locals will find out who did this and take care if it

Jul 23, 2008 07:36 AM #53

I just read this story.  This slaughter was totally senseless.  I hope that we can all finally understand that if we destroy these creatures, they will not miraculously return.  Slaughter of endangered species occurs worldwide, and needs to be addressed by any human that wants these miracles to exist for our children.  

Jul 23, 2008 08:34 AM #54

My heart goes out to the peolpe of Oahu and all of Hawaii for this senseless act - my husband and I wept at this news after spending time with the beautiful Honus on Tunnels Beach, Kauai last year.

I will wear my 'Uncle Junie' Honu to honor Honey Girl and tell everyone what happened in hopes that it will bring awareness to preserving these beautiful creatures.....

Jul 23, 2008 02:39 PM #55
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Thank you all for your sincere comments of caring.

Jul 23, 2008 05:21 PM #56

My God!  This whole situation is truly incomprehensible.  SOMEBODY out there knows who perpetrated  this stupid. callous, unnecessary, heinous act of MURDER!   I hope he or she will come forward and name the culprit.  Charges need to be brought against this person, and the MAXIMUM penalty should be applied as punishment.  I live in Texas, and I've seen similar situations involving horses and dogs.  This type of behavior is intolerable! 

Jul 24, 2008 05:49 AM #57
Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ


I love of my favorite animals...the fine for intentionally doing something like this needs to be stiffened as well as the prison time!!! Thanks,   Fran

Jul 24, 2008 06:00 AM #58

My mom heard about this on the news and told me about it.  I guess there had been some sort of memorial set up for Honey Girl with flowers and pictures in remembrance. A male turtle came and laid his head on one of the pictures for hours.  When my mom told me this she was crying, and soon after, I was too.  I have never seen such a gut-wrenching example of animal cruelty.  I think I am more saddened by this event than I would be if a human being suffered the same fate.  The beauty and innocence of animals outweigh any quality held by mankind, and it disgusts me that my own species is responsible for the death and, furthermore, extinction of so many beautiful creatures. 

Jul 24, 2008 10:24 AM #59
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Sally - How sad, so many do not have the proper respect for life.

Jul 27, 2008 11:27 AM #60
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

It is indeed sad that some people do not respect all life forms on this planet! We have loggerhead turtles coming to lay their eggs on our beaches and the beach patrols watch the sites and mark them off to keep the eggs safe.

Jul 27, 2008 11:42 AM #61
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Hi Sally - wow, how sad to think that someone would stoop to that level.  Hopefully they'll catch the law-breakers before they do that to another one.


Jul 27, 2008 12:24 PM #62
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Sally, I am featuring this well written piece of yours in our Positve Attitude for the Weary Soul Group because it touched so many of us and raised a high level of awareness to animal cruelty.

Jul 27, 2008 04:04 PM #63
Allison Stewart
St.Cloud Homes - Saint Cloud, FL
St. Cloud Fl Realtor, Osceola County Real Estate 407-616-9904


Like you I am an animal lover- it breaks my heart when the brutality of human nature kills defenseless creatures.  I agree with Gary we need to raise the level of awareness regarding animal cruelty. So that they may be around for the generations to come.

Jul 29, 2008 12:26 AM #64
June Lewis
Northwood Realty Services - New Castle, PA
Realtor Northwood Realty - New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571

Hi Sally I just wrote my sad post on lost sheep last night and this morning read your post. I guess there is an acceptance to the demise of my little friends but this story is brutal and so very sad.  You just wonder what it is that make people do the nasty things they do. I am an animal lover  too....can't figure it out ...

no reason for it.  Thanks for the excellent memorial on your sea turtle and for educating us on this endangered species that even more endangered now that there is one less.  Sad story but thanks.

Jul 29, 2008 01:46 AM #65
Honey Girl Reward Fund

Hi! This is Stephen. I am the webmaster of the Honey Girl Reward Fund website: You can make a difference by bringing Honey Girl's killer to justice...we are accepting donations to make a reward for information that leads to the capture and conviction of Honey Girl's killer. You can help us protect and preserve the lives of other Hawaiian Honu giant green sea turtles- right here, right now. Please make a donation, email us or call us or authorities with information (totally confidential- your identity is kept private and safe), link to this site, or even contribute to this site with photos, stories, and information about Honey Girl or other Hawaiian Honu giant green sea turtles. Sign and read Honey Girl's GuestBook, discuss your views and thoughts on our Message Board, join our Mailing List, make a Donation, and even take a Poll to share your opinions. We need your help to ensure that this tragedy never happens again...Please help the turtles now...Donate now! Thanks!

Jul 29, 2008 06:23 PM #66
Honey Girl Reward Fund

Hi! This is Stephen again with the Honey Girl Reward Fund. We would like to thank Celeste Cheeseman for the use of her wonderful photos of Honu turtles on our website. We realize that the photos are not of Honey Girl, but we are having difficulty locating verified photos of her (we have a few). If anyone has actual photos of Honey Girl, please contact us at Thank you Celeste, for the moving photos and for your support. Thanks!

Jul 29, 2008 07:14 PM #68

terrible shocked......i have seen honey girl, bathing in the moonlight, very peaceful ......such an amazing beautiful animal. i was so touched when i had the chance to be close to that wonderful creature, unbelievable somebody did that!

Jul 31, 2008 03:07 PM #69

wow,that is very shocking and sad.i feel very bad for that turtle honey girl.if i was that person that murdered honey girl i would change my mind because she is a turtle who come to show her self in the beach.also she is like a person who is not afraid of people.

Aug 30, 2008 12:21 PM #70
Dona Reynolds
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Stein Summers - Saint Joseph, MO
St. Joseph MO

Sally-Thanks for this post.  I had seen this on the news and like you became sick inside.  What in the WORLD are people thinking?  Why would you harm a animal like that?  I will never understand as I am sure others will not either.

Dec 01, 2008 07:23 AM #83
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