Posted on: July 25, 2013

August Events Slated at Pacific Whale Foundation

Pacific Whale Foundation offers many reasons to enjoy the warm days and nights of August at sea, near the beach or in the cooler forests of Maui. Enjoy a stargazing cruise, full moon cruise or reggae cruise -- and pair it with a volunteering activity through our Volunteering on Vacation Program. Whether you help out at Haleakala National Park Service Trip, Honokowai Valley, Hawaiian Islands Land Trust or at a nearby beach, you'll experience the satisfaction of helping to protect Maui's unique and unrivaled outdoor environment.

Monday, August 5
Stargazing Cruise
Experience the enchantment of Maui's velvet night sky on this stargazing cruise timed to coincide with the best stargazing conditions (the "new moon" or "dark of the moon" when the maximum number of stars and planets are usually visible). Led by Harriet Witt, an international award-winning astronomy writer and speaker known for her entertaining and informative commentary on the stars. Includes appetizers, drinks and soft drinks. From Lahaina Harbor.
Friday, August 16
Moonlight Tidepool Exploration
Meet fascinating creatures that roam Hawaii's tidepools at night during a Moonlight Tidepool Exploration with our education team. For people ages 6 and over. $10 per adult and $5 per child. Co-sponsored by Mana Kai Maui Resort.
Thursday, August 22
Making Waves Lecture Series: 
 "Hawaii's Dolphins: Human Impacts and Conservation Action"
Many people dream about swimming with dolphins, but is such close contact with humans good for dolphins? Pacific Whale Foundation's Making Waves Lecture Series explores this and other questions about human impacts on Hawaii's wild dolphins, in a big-screen exclusive webinar with Dr. Sarah Courbis, Research Associate at Portland State University. 
Courbis's presentation, titled "Hawaii's Dolphins: Human Impacts and Conservation Action," takes place on Thursday, August 22, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center. The Center is located on the oceanside lower level at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops off Route 31, the Honoapiilani Highway, next to Maui Ocean Center. The presentation will be broadcast live via streaming video on the dual big screens at the Discovery Center. This event is free and the public is invited. 
Thursday, August 22
Full Moon Cruise
What could be more romantic and fun than cruising on the vast Pacific Ocean under a brilliant full moon while enjoying delicious appetizers and desserts plus Mai Tais, beer, wine, mixed drinks and soft drinks? Narrated by Harriet Witt, an international award winning astronomy writer and speaker known for her entertaining and informative commentary. She'll share wisdom about the night sky and all things lunar. Two hour adventure, departs 8:00 pm from Lahaina Harbor.
Island Rhythms Sunset Cruise with Marty Dread
Nothing says "Maui fun" like dancing in the open air on the bow of a boat at sea at sunset! Local island music and reggae star Marty Dread gets everyone dancing and having a great time. Includes appetizers, drinks (beer, wine, Mai Tais -- up to 3 per adult guest) and sodas/juices.
Daily (except Wednesdays and Sundays)
Coral Reef Information Station at Ulua Beach
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. Open 8 am to 11:30 am.  
Volunteering on Vacation
Free program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation 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 for 3 hours or more. Signing up is easy: call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 between 6 am and 9 pm.
Saturdays  August 3 and August 17
Volunteering on Vacation: Haleakala National Park
This free activity offers 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. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at least 24 hours in advance to sign up at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
Every Saturday
Volunteering on Vacation: Malama Honokowai
Through Pacific Whale Foundation’s Volunteering on Vacation Program, volunteer with Malama Honokawai 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 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Bring water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen and bug repellent and wear closed-toe shoes, pants and a t-shirt. Meet at 9:00 am in front of North Sugar Cane Train Station, Puukoli Road, Kaanapali. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at least 24 hours in advance to sign up at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
Volunteering on Vacation: O'o Farm
Join Pacific Whale Foundation's Volunteering on Vacation Program to work on an exquisite organic farm in Kula. O’o Farm is a unique and divergent multi-faceted operation in the misting forest of Waipoli (Kula, Maui). Meet at O'o Farms at 8:45 am on Wednesday mornings in Kula. The project work lasts from 8:45 am until 11:30 am and will include assorted farm chores. 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. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at least 24 hours in advance to sign up at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
Hawaiian Islands Land Trust Service Project
With Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, you'll visit Waihee Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge, a remarkable coastal area that's rich in Hawaiian history and bird watching, to remove invasive species and clear brush. Offered every Friday, 8:00 am to noon, and includes four hours of work. Meet at 8:00 am at the Waihee Refuge, located off of Halewaiu Road. Bring water and sunscreen, and wear closed-toe shoes, pants and hat (sun protection). Snacks and cold drinks provided.
Every Monday:
Volunteering on Vacation: Hoaloha 'aina
Through Volunteering on Vacation, a free program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation, 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. 7:30 to 9:30 am. Bring water, snacks and sunscreen and wear solid, closed-toed shoes. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at least 24 hours in advance to sign up at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
Daily on your own schedule:
Beach Clean-ups with Pacific Whale Foundation
Get all the materials you need -- trash bags, gloves, etc. to clean up one of Maui's beaches. You'll help tally marine debris that's found and also help us watch for tsunami debris that may be arriving from Japan. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 to sign up.