Although it is a story from another region of the Big Island, when I see a turtle, I sometimes think of a Hawaiian folklore tale about Kauila.
Here’s a Hawaii Turtle Legend as excerpted from: http://www.tammyyee.com/tt-kauila.html
Long, long ago, a magnificent turtle appeared on the moonlit shores of Punalu’u. Honu-po’o-kea was no ordinary sea turtle. Her head was as white as the snows of Mauna Kea. Honu-po’o-kea paused at the ocean’s edge, searching for the perfect place to build a nest. Gentle waves tugged at the black sand beneath her. With a deep sigh, she pulled herself ashore.
Honu-po’o-kea dug a shallow hole and laid an egg, as dark and smooth as polished kauila wood. Her mate, Honu-‘ea, had been waiting offshore, his reddish-brown shell bobbing in the surf. As Honu-po’o-kea covered her nest, Honu-‘ea joined her. Together the turtles dug into the black sand and created a spring. Then, as silently as they had come, they disappeared into the ocean.
In time, the egg hatched into a magical turtle named Kauila. Kauila made her home at the bottom of the freshwater spring that her parents had made. People called it Ka wai hu o Kauila, the rising water of Kauila. Children would come to play in the spring, and if they saw bubbles rising from its depths they knew that Kauila was sleeping. Sometimes Kauila would transform herself into a girl so that she could play among the keiki (children). Always, she kept a watchful eye on the children, insuring their safety.