Posted on: November 22, 2013

December Events at Pacific Whale Foundation

12 whales a leaping, 11 dolphins dancing, 10 sea turtles swimming...'tis the season when the wonders of the ocean surrounding the Valley Isle helps to make it a truly "Maui" Christmas. Read on to learn more about the many events and special cruises offered by Pacific Whale Foundation during this holiday season, including the winter session of Ocean Camp, Christmas Brunch and Dinner Cruises, New Year's Eve Cruises and more. For information, visit www.pacificwhale.org or call (808) 248-8811 ext. 1. 

Throughout December
Fleetwood's on Front St.  Gift of Life Appetizer Fundraiser
Fleetwood's on Front Street is the Lahaina restaurant owned by rock and roll icon Mick Fleetwood. During the month of December, your purchase of Fleetwood's "Gift of Life" appetizer will raise funds to support Pacific Whale Foundation's whale research, public education and conservation programs to protect whales and our oceans. 100% of the price of the appetizer will go directly to Pacific Whale Foundation. Be sure to stop by, enjoy a delicious appetizer and help save the whales! Fleetwood's on Front Street is located on Front Street between Dickenson and Lahainaluna Streets. 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.

Monday, December 2, 2013

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. Book online today and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. For information and reservations, please visit www.pacificwhale.org or call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 

Wednesdays
SeaWees: Ocean Discovery for Preschoolers
SeaWees is a program for children ages 3-5 that has been offered through Pacific Whale Foundation since 2004. The SeaWees program features developmentally appropriate early-childhood practice including music/movement, demonstrations and guided exploration delivered in a child-centered environment. Each child is accompanied to SeaWees by his or her parent or caregiver. SeaWees sessions consists of three classroom sessions and one “SEAfari” field adventure organized around a marine science theme. SeaWees classes meet on Wednesday mornings from 9:00-10:00 am at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday November 27, 2013 - What's Up, What's Down
Wednesday December 4, 2013 Chickens Aren't the Only Ones
Wednesday December 11, 2013 - Jellies
Wednesday December 18, 2013 - Iki-The Littlest Opihi  with a “SEAfari” field trip to explore a South Maui tidepool.  

For additional information, please visit http://www.pacificwhale.org/content/seawees-preschoolers. To register, call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 

Friday, December 13, 2013
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. $15 per adult and $5 per child. Co-sponsored by Mana Kai Maui Resort. 6:30 pm. For information, call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or follow this link to book online: http://www.pacificwhale.org/content/moonlight-tidepool-exploration-0  

Monday, December 16, 2013
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. Book online today and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. For information and reservations, please visit http://www.pacificwhale.org/cruises/Specialty-Cruises or call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 

Sundays, December 8, 15, 22, 29
Whale Photo Safari

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. Bring your own digital camera and learn to get the best results from whatever model you currently own. During your three hour cruise, you’ll discover the most effective camera settings for our local conditions at sea. You’ll also learn about and have the opportunity to use proven digital photo techniques to maximize each opportunity presented by the whales that you encounter. We'll also take a break from photography to drop an underwater hydrophone into the water to listen to live whale songs.

During December, our Whale Photo Safari Cruises are offered on Sunday mornings from 8:00 am to 11:00 am, departing from Lahaina Harbor on our new raft, Ocean Freedom, to offer fantastic water-level views of whales. This cruise is led by a Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist and professional wildlife photographer David Fleetham. His photographs have been published around the globe, with over one hundred magazine covers to date. His award-winning work has been published by Life, National Geographic, The Cousteau Society and every North American diving publication. The Smithsonian Museum, The North Carolina Museum of Natural History, The London Zoo, Hong Kong Museum, The Waikiki, Vancouver, Monterey Bay, John G. Shedd Aquarium, Maui Ocean Center and the Aquarium of the Americas all display his work. 

Please note that you are required to bring your own camera equipment on this cruise. We rent Canon PowerShot digital cameras at Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Stores. We provide complimentary usage of dry bags for your gear on our Sunday morning raft whalewatches. These Sunday morning cruise includes a tropical-style continental breakfast with tropical fruit, fresh baked pastries, juices and local Maui coffee, served pre-departure at the dock. Each guest will receive a collection of digital photos taken by our team during their Whale Photo Safari and some favorite photos from Pacific Whale Foundation, plus a free whale poster.

Price is $99.95 per person. Book online and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. Visit http://www.pacificwhale.org/content/whale-photo-safari or call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 

Open Daily
Trail of the Whale: Free Whale Information Stations
at Papawai Point, Wailea Marriott and Maui Ocean Club

Starting December 15, Pacific Whale Foundation naturalists and volunteers will be stationed at three locations along Maui’s coast to help you locate whales from shores. They’ll share with you the best techniques for spotting these amazing marine mammals from Maui's shorelines, 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. Part of Maui Whale Festival.

Papawai Point  -   Offered daily, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, Dec. 15 through May 15
Watch whales at this popular scenic overlook off Honoapi’ilani Highway (Route 30) located approximately 3 miles northwest of Ma’alaea Harbor. For information, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.

Wailea Marriott  -  Offered Tuesday and Thursdays 7:30 am to 11:30 am, Dec. 15 through April 25
View whales along the Ocean Path in front of the Wailea Marriott, off Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea. For information, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.

Maui Ocean Club  -  Offered Wednesdays and Fridays 7:30 am to 11:30 am, Dec. 15 through April 25
Marriot’s Maui Ocean Club, located on Kaanapali Beach, is the site of the “Trail of the Whale” Marine Naturalist Station on Maui’s westside. The station is located along the oceanfront pedestrian path fronting the resort. For information, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext.

Fleetwood's on Front Street, Lahaina - Offered daily, from noon to 4:00 pm, Dec. 5 to April 25 at 744 Front St, Lahaina. 

The most "chill" spot for watching whales on our Trail of the Whale! 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 of the whales offshore. Ask your questions about whales -- it's extremely unlikely that you'll come up with one the naturalist can't answer!

The presence of the humpback whales is one of the reasons why Mick Fleetwood fell in love with Maui and decided to make it his home. During the months of December and March, your purchase of Fleetwood's "Gift of Life" appetizer will raise funds to support Pacific Whale Foundation's whale research, public education and conservation programs to protect whales and our oceans.

Wednesday, December 25
Christmas Brunch Cruise
There’s no better way to celebrate a beautiful Christmas morning on Maui than on a Christmas Brunch Cruise on the beautiful Pacific. This two-hour cruise takes place on an ultra-smooth double-deck power catamaran; it travels along the scenic West Maui coast. Bring along your camera for the spectacular views of the West Maui Mountains and neighbor islands. As a special bonus of the season, sightings of humpback whales are also very likely! 

Pacific Whale Foundation’s Christmas Brunch Cruise departs at 11:30 am from Lahaina Harbor and features a delectable holiday buffet, featuring many locally grown and locally produced items. The buffet includes: Roasted Thyme Chicken Breast with Pineapple Ginger Glazem Sage Rubbed Roasted Pork with Gravy, Scalloped Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese and Chives, Steamed Garden Vegetables, Waipoli Mixed Greens with Maui Onion Dressing, House Made Dinner Rolls, Fresh Fruit Platter, House Made Banana Bread, Mini Pumpkin Pies with Whipped Cream and Christmas Sugar Cookies

The price includes ice-cold juices, sodas and filtered water. Adults who are 21 and over (with valid photo i.d.) also may enjoy up to three complimentary cocktails: white or red wine, locally brewed Maui Brewing Company beer, tropical drinks and Mai Tais. 

The price is $79.95 for adults; $49.95 for children ages 3 to 12. Children ages 2 and under go free. Book online at http://www.pacificwhale.org/content/christmas-brunch-cruise and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. For information, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 

Wednesday, December 25
Christmas Dinner Cruise
Eat, drink and be merry aboard Pacific Whale Foundation's festive Christmas Dinner Cruise featuring a traditional Christmas dinner served in one of the world’s most beautiful settings: the Pacific Ocean at sunset, with spectacular views of the majestic Maui coastline and the neighbor islands. We’ll be watching for humpback whales, too. Sightings are likely at this very special time of year. 

This two-hour cruise takes place on a smooth-riding double-deck catamaran and includes live island-style entertainment featuring holiday and Hawaiian music throughout the trip. The buffet dinner menu includes a salad of Upcountry Greens with Maui Onion Dressing. Entrees are Oven Roasted Turkey with Gravy and Slow-Baked Island Baked Ham with Guava Jelly, accompanied by Vegetable Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Creamy Russet Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic, Haricot Vert Seasoned and Lightly Tossed in Butter, Medley of Grilled Fresh Island Vegetables and Fresh Baked Soft Rolls. Desserts include 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars and Chocolate Mac Nut Brownies. 

The ticket price includes juices, sodas and iced-filtered water. Adults (over age 21 with valid photo i.d.) may enjoy up to three complimentary cocktails, selecting from red and white wine, locally brewed Maui Brewing Company beer, tropical drinks and Mai Tais. Frozen cocktails are available for purchase. Choose from departures at 5:00 and 5:30 pm, both from Lahaina Harbor. Prices are $89.95 adults, $59.95 children ages 3 to 12. Children ages 2 and under go free. Book online at  http://www.pacificwhale.org/content/christmas-dinner-cruise and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. For information, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 

Friday, December 27, 2013
Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Camp Winter Session
The holiday session of Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Camp begins with two days (December 26 and 27) devoted to the theme of "Leaping Large Mammals of Hawaii," and includes a field trip toMaui Ocean Center and a visit to Ulua Beach. During the following week, December 30 to January 3, we will explore "Protecting Wild Whales" with a program that includes a whalewatch, a visit to Waihee Refuge, a field trip to Kamaole Beach Park, a surfing lesson and more, plus art, games, scientific exploration and fun.  Ocean Camp is for children in grades K-5 and is led by the marine education team from Pacific Whale Foundation. Camp hours are from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. You can enroll your child for individual or multiple days, Monday through Friday. Register early for best rates; plus this popular camp fills up quickly! For information about camp, please visit http://www.pacificwhale.org/content/ocean-discovery-camp-1. To register, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
New Year's Eve Cocktail Cruise
Ring in the New Year aboard a fun and festive starlight cruise with live island musical entertainment throughout the cruise. With a champagne toast at midnight, it's a unique, island-style way to ring in 2014. Our chef offers an array of tantalizing appetizers including: Strips of Filet Mignon Medallions, Sustainable Shrimp Cocktail, Crudite Platter with Roasted Garlic Ranch Dip, Maui Onion and Spinach Dip, Taro Rolls and Crackers, House Made Brownies and House Made Cookies. The ticket price also includes juices, sodas and iced-filtered water. Adults (over age 21 with valid photo i.d.) may enjoy up to three complimentary cocktails, selecting from red and white wine, locally brewed Maui Brewing Co. beer, tropical well drinks and Mai Tais, plus the champagne toast. Frozen blended cocktails are available for purchase.

Choose from two departures at 10:30 pm and 10:45 pm from each harbor: Lahaina and Ma'alaea. Tickets are $79.95 adults and $59/95 children ages 3 to 12.  Book online and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. For reservations, visit http://www.pacificwhale.org/content/new-years-eve-cocktail-cruise-maalaea or call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.  

Fridays
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. Plus, whale sightings are guaranteed from December 16 through April 30; see whales or you get a free ticket to go on a regular Pacific Whale Foundation whalewatch. Includes appetizers, drinks (beer, wine, Mai Tais -- up to 3 per adult guest) and sodas/juices. Two-hour cruise departs 5:00 pm Fridays from Ma’alaea Harbor. Book online at http://www.pacificwhale.org/cruises/Specialty-Cruises and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%.  

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. To learn more, visit volunteersonvacation.org

December 7 and December 21
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. 

 

Wednesdays

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. 

 

Fridays

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. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at least 24 hours in advance to sign up at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 

 

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.