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Bellows Field Beach Park suspends camping for nesting sea turtles

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Overnight camping will be suspended at Bellows Field Beach Park for 19 weeks to welcome the return of nesting sea turtles.

The location has been a popular spot for green turtles to nest since 2020 when pandemic park closures meant fewer people and less artificial light.

The endangered species will nest, incubate, and hatch at the beach during the summer.

Bellows Field Beach Park will be closed for camping from April 18 to Sept. 1. The campground closure may be extended past Labor Day weekend if additional nesting sites are observed.

Beachgoers are allowed during the day on the weekends. Military training exercises will be conducted on weekdays.

Bellows Field Beach Park is one of 17 campgrounds operated by the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation. Three-day overnight camping is normally allowed at one of the campground’s 50 campsites with a permit.

Zoe Dym was a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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