MORE ON THIS: In Hawai‘i, Hawksbill turtles mostly nest on Hawai‘i Island, but Maui is home to some of the nesting beaches for ten of these turtles. Beginning around age 20, a female will return to the area where she was born between May and October every 3 to 9 years to lay her eggs. Hawksbills will nest at night and will lay 2-5 sets of eggs, or clutches, in the same season. Each clutch will be laid approximately 16-23 days apart. To lay eggs, the turtle will haul out onto a beach to find a suitable area, dig a deep pit using her flippers, and then fill the pit with her eggs. A single clutch averages 180 eggs. Once she is done laying her eggs, she will use her flippers to fill the hole in with sand before returning to the sea.