Honu Laule’a: Plus 5 Simple Ways to Help Coral Reefs

Honu Laule'a by Wendy Roberts
Honu Laule’a

Honu Laule’a
(Hawaiian “peaceful turtle”)
Acrylic on Wood Panel
9″ X 12″

I painted this piece in anticipation of the International Coral Reef Symposium which brought scientists from all over the world to discuss reef conservation. I really wanted to paint a reef scene that looked like what I saw when I dive off Oahu with our familiar corals, fish and turtles. At the Reef Symposium, I was able to learn how to better care for the reef, and I would like to share a few simple things we can all do to preserve the beauty of our reefs.


  1. Remember that all the chemicals you use, including things like shampoo, sunscreen, and cosmetics do not disappear or completely break down before reaching the ocean. Try to use less products, and opt for earth-friendly ingredients.
  2. Pesticides (like Roundup) that are designed to be toxic for land plants make it into our oceans through rain runoff and kill coral. Plant ground covers, utilize biodegradable mulch, and weed by hand instead. There are clever tools to make the task much easier. As a bonus you may also help the bees this way.
  3. Choose a place close to you that you love and adopt it. Learn its history. Perform occasional litter cleanups to help it stay pristine. This is a great service project! Taking care of the land improves reefs too. If you don’t like to work solo, find a community group near you and join in on clean ups.
  4. Look at traditional land management practices of the Hawaiians and other people who used sustainable agriculture and land management for ideas that we can adopt to lessen our impact on the environment. What was once seen as primitive is often more sophisticated than we (as a society) realized.
  5. Share what you know about taking care of the Earth with your community. Help the people around you take care of the land and ocean.


Giclées are high quality prints on canvas with a UV resistant protective coating. Shipped rolled (unstretched) ready for any framer to stretch and optionally frame. If displayed correctly: out of direct sunlight, and cleaned only with a damp soft cloth, these prints will stay vibrant for years.

Gallery wrapped prints have thicker stretcher bars and when you wrap the canvas around the edge, it is printed for color on the edges so that you do not have to frame it. You could also use a floater frame with this style of print.

Standard Edges must be framed. They are blank on the edges with thinner stretcher bars so that they are able to fit into a wide variety of frames.

Honu Laule’a, Giclée 9 x 12 inches, Gallery Wrap…$100
Honu Laule’a, Giclée 9 x 12 inches, Standard Edges…$75

For all other sizes of giclée, please contact me to see if it is possible and to seek a quote