Beachgoer puts up fence protecting Po‘ipu honu

  • Scott Yunker / The Garden Island

    A honu basks behind a homemade sign telling beachgoers at Po‘ipu Beach Park to keep their distance.

  • Scott Yunker / The Garden Island

    Po‘ipu snowbird Tom Hennessy has spent half his time on Kaua‘i for the past five years, much of that time at Po‘ipu Beach Park when the Hawaiian green sea turtles come ashore to rest.

  • Scott Yunker / The Garden Island

    Tom Hennessy says dozens of honu come ashore at Po‘ipu Beach Park between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m. daily.

  • Scott Yunker / The Garden Island

    Visitors respect the simple barrier between them and honu, the Hawaiian sea turtle, as the honu come ashore to rest overnight. Many show enthusiasm, offering to help erect and improve parttime Kaua‘i resident Tom Hennessy’s simple barrier and information system.

PO‘IPU — Every evening, Tom Hennessy watches the sun slip below the Pacific from a chair at Po‘ipu Beach Park, surrounded by locals, tourists and green sea turtles.

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