Posted on: March 20, 2014

April Events

Celebrate Spring with Pacific Whale Foundation !!

Closing out another amazing Maui Whale Festival, we’re springing into spring with fun and inspiring events and activities for the whole family.  For events requiring reservations, call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or book online at www.pacificwhale.org and save 10%.  Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%.  Read on for more information -- or visit www.pacificwhale.org/events.


Ultimate Whalewatch

Tuesdays, April 1 and April 8, 7:15am - 11:45am

Learn first-hand what it is like to be a whale researcher on a personally guided group tour with Pacific Whale Foundation’s researchers and marine biologists. This research adventure begins with a complimentary continental breakfast, followed by a pre-trip presentation and a two-hour whalewatch. Researchers will help interpret the humpback whale behaviors that are viewed during the trip. The tour wraps up at Pacific Whale Foundation’s research lab. 

SeaWees for Preschoolers

Wednesday, April 2, 9:00am - 10:00am

SeaWees is an educational program for children ages 3-5 and their parents/caregivers, featuring music/movement, demonstrations and guided exploration delivered in a child-centered environment. It meets at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center overlooking Ma'alaea Harbor, unless otherwise noted. The cost of a four-week session is $60 for Pacific Whale Foundation Members, and $70 for non-members. A second child in the same family is 50% off. For information and to enroll, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 between 6am and 9pm daily.

Whale Photo Safari - from Ma’alaea Harbor

Wednesday, April 2, 3:30pm - 6:30pm

Join Pacific Whale Foundation for a whale photography workshop at sea. Whether you are a novice or an experienced photographer, this unique hands-on adventure will help you learn and practice expert techniques for photographing whales and other wildlife. You’ll discover the most effective camera settings for our local conditions at sea from professional wildlife and adventure photographers. Bring your own digital camera or rent a Cannon PowerShot from Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Stores. This safari departs from Ma'alaea Harbor and offers an array of hot and cold appetizers. Each guest will receive a collection of digital photos taken by our team during their trip and some favorite photos from Pacific Whale Foundation, plus a free whale poster. Reservations are required. 

Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise - from Ma’alaea Harbor

Fridays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Get onboard for lots of fun and dancing on our Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise with local reggae star Marty Dread. Offered Friday nights from Ma'alaea Harbor, this two-hour excursion includes delicious appetizers and perfectly mixed Mai Tais and other drinks. Plus, whale sightings are guaranteed! If you fail to see whales, you'll receive a free ticket for a regular Pacific Whale Foundation whalewatch. Reservations are required.

Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise - from Lahaina Harbor

Saturdays, April 5, 12 and 19, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Get onboard for lots of fun and dancing on our Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise with local reggae star Marty Dread. Offered Saturday nights from Lahaina Harbor, this two-hour excursion includes delicious appetizers and perfectly mixed Mai Tais and other drinks. Plus, whale sightings are guaranteed! If you fail to see whales, you'll receive a free ticket for a regular Pacific Whale Foundation whalewatch. Reservations are required.

Whale Photo Safari - from Lahaina Harbor

Sundays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27, 8:00am - 11:00am

Join Pacific Whale Foundation for a whale photography workshop at sea. Whether you are a novice or an experienced photographer, this unique hands-on adventure will help you learn and practice expert techniques for photographing whales and other wildlife. You’ll discover the most effective camera settings for our local conditions at sea from professional wildlife and adventure photographers. Bring your own digital camera or rent a Cannon PowerShot from Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Stores. This morning safari departs from Lahaina Harbor with a complimentary pre-departure continental breakfast. Each guest will receive a collection of digital photos taken by our team during their trip and some favorite photos from Pacific Whale Foundation, plus a free whale poster. Reservations are required. 

Moonlight Tidepool Exploration

Tuesday, April 8 and Wednesday, April 9, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Brittle stars, urchins, octopi, oh my! Pacific Whale Foundation's marine educators invite the public to meet some of the fascinating creatures that roam Hawaii's tidepools at night during our Moonlight Tidepool Explorations at a South Maui tidepool. This discovery event is recommended for people ages 6 and over and costs only $15 per adult and $7 per child. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. Refreshments will be provided and reservations are required. Co-sponsored by Mana Kai Maui Resort.

Full Moon Cruise

Monday, April 14, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

A rare opportunity to witness a total lunar eclipse at sea! This cruise will be narrated by Harriet Witt, an international award winning astronomy writer and speaker, who will enlighten passengers on the natural phenomenon taking place in the night sky. The cruise will be positioned to observe the lunar eclipse from start to finish. Changes in the moon’s shape and brightness should be visible during departure from the harbor, as the moon moves into the shadow of the earth. At the mid-way point of the cruise, the total phase of the eclipse will begin and the moon will be very dark or deep red, or may even disappear entirely. This phase should continue through the remainder of the cruise and end at approximately 10:30 pm. In addition to the sights of a lunar eclipse, there will also be the chance to hear the moon songs of live whales when hydrophones are lowered into the sea. The Full Moon Cruise also includes drinks, appetizers, desserts and a full-color marine life poster. Reservations are required.
 
VIP Raft Whalewatch with Greg Kaufman
 
Saturday, April 19, 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
 
Pacific Whale Foundation Founder and Executive Director Greg Kaufman will offer a small group VIP Whalewatch Cruise on Pacific Whale Foundation's raft Ocean Adventurer. This unique whalewatch gives you the opportunity to watch whales and learn about them with this noted researcher, author and whale protection advocate in a relaxed, personalized setting. This cruise will depart at 11:45 am from Lahaina Harbor and returns at 1:45 pm. Whale sightings are guaranteed. If you do not see whales, you will receive a free ticket for a regular Pacific Whale Foundation whalewatch. The ticket price includes complimentary soda, juices and filtered water. A free color whale poster is available for each party. The price for this trip is $59.95 for adults and $44.95 for children ages 6 to 12. Book online at www.pacificwhale.org and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. This trip is not recommended for children under age 6, pregnant women or individuals with neck or back problems. For information or to reserve by phone, call 808-249-8811 ext. 1.
 
 
Easter Brunch Cruise
 
Sunday, April 20, 11:30am - 1:30pm
 
Enjoy a bright and beautiful Easter Sunday on a relaxing Easter Brunch Cruise with Pacific Whale Foundation. The cruise takes place 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, departing from Lahaina Harbor. You'll enjoy sweeping views of the West Maui Mountains and the neighboring islands of Kaho'olawe, Lana'i and Moloka'i. Live musical entertainment is featured onboard. As a special bonus, sightings of whales and dolphins are very possible! The chef-prepared brunch buffet features locally grown fruits and vegetables and decadent desserts. Plus, up to three alcoholic drinks are included for adults (21+ with valid picture i.d.), including locally-brewed beer from Maui Brewing Co., red and white wine, Mai Tais and blended drinks. Reservations are required.
 
Stargazing Cruise

Monday, April 28, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Experience the enchantment of Maui's velvet night sky on this stargazing cruise with Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventures. Here in Hawaii, the most remote island chain in the world, you'll experience brilliant stars from an optimal vantage point. This cruise is timed to coincide with the best stargazing conditions. We also lower a hydrophone into the sea, so you can listen to the haunting and mysterious songs of humpback whales in the ocean around us. Our special guest narrator is Harriet Witt, an international award-winning astronomy writer and speaker, known for her entertaining and informative commentary on the stars. The cruise includes beverages, appetizers, desserts and a free full-color marine life poster. Reservations are required.
 
Gift of Life Appetizer Fundraiser at Fleetwood's on Front St.
 
Through April 30
 
All purchases of the "Gift of Life” appetizer at Fleetwood's on Front Street will help to support Pacific Whale Foundation's whale research, public education and conservation programs to protect whales and the oceans. Fleetwood's on Front St. is owned by rock and roll icon Mick Fleetwood of the band Fleetwood Mac. The " Gift of Life" appetizer changes daily, taking advantage of fresh fish or special produce brought in fresh that day. 100% of the price of the appetizer - not just the profit - but the entire purchase price of $16 - will go directly to Pacific Whale Foundation. Fleetwood's on Front St. is located on Front Street between Dickenson and Lahainaluna Streets. The restaurant hours are Sunday through Thursday, 11 am to 10 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm. For information and reservations, call (808) 669-MICK (6425).  Make reservations at OpenTable.com or for more information, visit www.FleetwoodsOnFrontSt.com.
 

Trail of the Whale: Free Whale Information Stations 

Through April 30, 2014, Various Times 

Pacific Whale Foundation naturalists and volunteers are stationed along Maui’s coast to help you locate whales from shore. They’ll share with you the best techniques for spotting these amazing marine mammals and will have binoculars and scopes to help you get a better view, along with models and marine artifacts for hands-on exploration. You’ll also get answers to your questions about whales, geography and natural history. Free and open to all. For information, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.

Papawai Point  -  Daily, 8:00am - 2:00pm

Watch whales at this popular scenic overlook off Honoapi’ilani Highway (Route 30) located approximately 3 miles northwest of Ma’alaea Harbor. 

Wailea Marriott  -  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30am - 11:30am

View whales along the Ocean Path in front of the Wailea Marriott, off Wailea Alanui Drive in Wailea. 

Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club  -  Wednesdays and Fridays, 7:30am - 11:30am

This station on Maui’s westside is located along the oceanfront pedestrian path fronting the resort. 

Fleetwood's on Front St., Lahaina  -  Daily, 12:00pm - 4:00pm

The most "chill" spot for watching whales on our Trail of the Whale is at 744 Front Street in Lahaina! Fleetwood's is a restaurant owned by Mick Fleetwood of legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac. Their spacious, shaded upper deck offers a perfect place to kick back, enjoy a cocktail, lunch, dinner, appetizer or dessert, and watch whales off the coast. A knowledgeable Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist is stationed there with binoculars and telescope that you can use to get a closer view.

Coral Reef Information Station at Ulua Beach

Daily (except Wednesdays and Sundays), 8:00am - 11:00am

Pacific Whale Foundation's free Coral Reef Information Station at Ulua Beach in Wailea is staffed by an expert marine naturalist who helps you learn about the fish and marine wildlife that you'll see while snorkeling at this popular reef. Free use of fish i.d. cards and reference books. For information, call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 between 6am and 9pm daily.
 

VOLUNTEERING ON VACATION

Volunteering on Vacation is a free program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation that helps you easily find meaningful volunteer projects to benefit Maui's outdoor environment. Volunteer for about half a day (or less) and enjoy access to off-the-beaten-trail places on Maui where you can learn about the history and natural ecosystem of each area. Get a free totebag for volunteering three hours or more. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 least 24 hours in advance to sign up. Visit www.volunteersonvacation.org to learn more.

Volunteering on Vacation: Haleakala National Park

First and Third Saturdays

Free transportation and admission to Haleakala National Park on a volunteering adventure led by a certified naturalist and professionally trained guide from Pacific Whale Foundation. You'll help remove invasive plants or help with other projects to protect the park's unique eco-system. Warm clothes, long pants and closed-toed shoes required. Bring water and lunch for a picnic.  Visit www.volunteersonvacation.org­ for more information on meeting locations and times.

Volunteering on Vacation: Malama Honokowai

Every Saturday

Volunteer with Malama Honokowai and visit the beautiful and hidden Honokawai Valley, an area closed to the public. Among Hawaiian archaeological  sites, you’ll learn about Hawaiian history and culture as you help to remove invasive weed plants and possibly plant native species. The program runs from 9:00am to 3:30pm, starting in front of North Sugar Cane Train Station, Puukoli Road, Ka’anapali. Bring water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen and bug repellent and wear closed-toe shoes, pants and a t-shirt.

Volunteering on Vacation: Hoaloha 'aina

Every Monday

Join South Maui Volunteers and group leaders Bob and Lis Richardson to help maintain an ocean-side trail, restore sand dunes, pick up litter and remove invasive species from 7:30am to 9:30am. Bring water, snacks and sunscreen and wear solid, closed-toed shoes.

Volunteering on Vacation: O'o Farm

Every Wednesday

Work on an exquisite organic farm in the misting forest of Waipoli in Kula. Meet at O'o Farms at 8:45am for an assortment of fun farm chores until 11:30am. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a light jacket that you do not mind getting a little dirty, plus water and sunscreen. Gloves and gardening tools provided.

Volunteering on Vacation: Hawaiian Islands Land Trust Service Project

Every Friday

Visit Waihee Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge, a remarkable coastal area that's rich in Hawaiian history and bird watching. Meet at 8:00am at the Waihee Refuge, located off of Halewaiu Road and help remove invasive species and clear brush until 12:00pm. Bring water and sunscreen, and wear closed-toe shoes, pants and hat for sun protection. Snacks and cold drinks provided.

Beach Clean-ups with Pacific Whale Foundation

Daily on your own schedule

Get all the materials you need -- trash bags, gloves, etc. to clean up one of Maui's beaches and help tally marine debris. It’s a great way to contribute to a safe and healthy coastal environment for all living things on Maui. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 to sign up.