Six green sea turtles released on Turtle Independence Day

  • Keiki check out the six green sea turtles to be released Monday during the 33rd annual Turtle Independence Day event at the Mauna Lani. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • A family points to a green sea turtle as it heads out into Makaiwa Bay in South Kohala following its release Monday during the 33rd annual Turtle Independence Day celebration at the Mauna Lani. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Keiki decorate bags and learn about honu during the 33rd annual Turtle Independence Day celebration at the Mauna Lani. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Attendees of the 33rd annual Turtle Independence Day celebration held Monday at the Mauna Lani take a photo a newly released green sea turtle. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • A green sea turtle gets its first taste of freedom during the 33rd annual Turtle Independence Day celebration held Monday at the Mauna Lani. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

Six honu got their first taste of freedom during the 33rd annual Turtle Independence Day celebration held Monday at the Mauna Lani.