Posted on: November 7, 2012

December Events at PWF Include Ocean Camp, Stargazing Trip, Beach Candlemaking and Tidepool Exploration, Christmas Cruises

 

What could be a better place to celebrate Christmas and ring in the New Year than Maui? During the month of December, Pacific Whale Foundation will be hosting festive holiday cruises, including a Christmas Brunch Cruise, Christmas Dinner Cruise and New Year's Eve Cruises. Kids love Ocean Camp, taking place from December 17 through December 28, with a focus on "Whale Tales" and "Deep Divers." Leading up to the holidays, there's a Family Sand Candlemaking and Tidepool Exploration with Pacific Whale Foundation's Education Team, plus Stargazing Cruises, Whale Photo Safaris and other ocean-themed events. For information, call Pacific Whale Foundation at 808-249-8811 ext. 1.
 
Saturday, December 1 and Saturday, December 15, 2012
Volunteering on Vacation: Haleakala National Park Volunteer Service Trip
This free activity, offered through Pacific Whale Foundation's Volunteering on Vacation program, offers free transportation and admission to Haleakala National Park, on an adventure led by a certified naturalist and professionally trained guide! While visiting the park, you'll help remove invasive plants or help with other projects to protect the park's incredible eco-system. In exchange for your efforts, you'll receive a free tote bag from Pacific Whale Foundation. Warm clothes, long pants and closed-toed shoes are required. Bring water and lunch for a picnic at the park. Offered on the first and third Saturdays of every month. Local residents and visitors are welcome!  Meet in front of the Pacific Whale Foundation Store, located in the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops at 7:30 am (first Saturday)/ 1:00 pm (third Saturday) or at 8:15 am (first Saturday)/ 1:30 pm (third Saturday) in the parking lot of Tavares Community Center in Pukalani. Advance reservations are required. Please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. Learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation’s Volunteering on Vacation program at www.volunteersonvacation.org.
 
Friday, December 7, 2012   
Moonlight Tidepool Exploration
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 a moonlight tidepool exploration at a South Maui tidepool. This discovery event is
recommended for people ages 6 and over. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. Refreshments will be provided. $10 per adult and $5 per child. 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Advance reservations required. Co-sponsored by Mana Kai Maui Resort. For reservations, call (808) 249-8811 ext 1.
 
Saturday, December 8, 2012 
Family Ocean Discovery Sand Candle Making and Moonlight Tidepool Adventure
Pacific Whale Foundation's education team will lead this special program developed for families with children ages 5-12. Learn about the raw materials and forces of nature that create our beautiful Maui beaches.  Pick and Choose from a variety of "beach finds" and create your own one-of-a-kind sand candle to keep or give as a gift.  While we wait for our creations to "set", we'll explore the nearby tidepools for the crepuscular critters of the evening! Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. Refreshments will be provided. $35 per family (includes materials for one candle).  $5 per additional child/candle-maker. 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Advance reservations are essential.
 
Every Wednesday
Sea Wees: Ocean Edventure for Preschoolers
November 7- December 5: "Jiggling Jellies" 
Now in its 8th year, SeaWees is a program for children ages 3-5. Each child is accompanied to SeaWees by his or her parent or caregiver. The SeaWees program features developmentally appropriate early-childhood practice including music/movement, demonstrations and guided exploration delivered in a child-centered environment. Each SeaWees session consists of four classroom sessions and one “Seafari” field adventure organized around a marine science theme. Our session from November 7 to December 5 is based on the theme of "Jiggling Jellies." We'll be exploring the answer to the question:  "When is a 'fish"not a fish, but instead is a member of the phylum cnidaria (as are the corals? (Answer: When it's a jelly fish!) This session of SeaWees will take a new look at these graceful and diverse ocean animals; it includes a mini-lab on December 5. (Following that, SeaWees will take a holiday break until early January.) 
All of the SeaWees classes for this session will meet on Wednesday mornings from 9:00-10:00 am at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops. The cost of the entire 5-week session is $40 for Pacific Whale Foundation Members, and $50 for non-members. If you wish to enroll in just a single class (“drop-in” ), the fee is $12. A second child in the same family is 50% off.  If you have questions or wish to register, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at 808-249-8811 ext. 1. Please note that preregistration is required. To reach the SeaWees Program Director, please call 808- 280-3163. 
 
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Stargazing Cruise 
Because Hawaii is the most remote island chain in the world, stargazing here is some of the  finest you'll find anywhere. Pacific Whale Foundation’s stargazing cruise introduces you to Maui's enchanting sky in a most spectacular setting --- on the beautiful Pacific Ocean off the  coast of Lahaina. This cruise is 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). And we'll focus on the wonder of the Christmas Star, as you'll gain a new appreciation of its story. This Pacific Whale Foundation evening cruise is narrated by special guest Harriet Witt, an international award winning astronomy writer and speaker, known for her  entertaining an informative commentary on the stars. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Sky & Telescope and Spirit of Aloha.  8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Appetizers, dessert treats and drinks are included, including up to 3 alcoholic beverages (local microbrewery beer, wine and Mai Tais) for adults with valid i.d. Please check-in 45 minutes prior to departure at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Lahaina Ocean Store at 612 Front Street, Lahaina. Price is $59.95 for adults and $39.95 for children. Book online at www.pacificwhale.org and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. For reservations, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
 
Sundays, from December 16, 2012  to April 29, 2013 
Whale Photo Safari 
Join a professional photographer on a Whale Photo Safari Cruise, featuring hands-on training on capturing whale images with state-of-the-art digital cameras.This at-sea workshop takes place on Pacific Whale Foundation's high-tech, ultra-stable raft Ocean Freedom, from Lahaina Harbor, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. This trip is ideal for beginning and advanced photographers. Includes dry bag for your camera, plus refreshments. Whale sightings are guaranteed or you get a free ticket for a Pacific Whale Foundation classic whalewatch cruise. The price of the Whale Photo Safari is $99.95 plus taxes/fees. Call Pacific Whale Foundation for reservations and information at  (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
December 17  - 21 and December 26 - 28, 2012
Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Camp: Winter Session
Two weeks of discovery, fun and enrichment for children in grades K - 5, including children who are visiting Maui and Maui residents. Campers can sign up for individual days or the entire session. From December 17 to 21, our camp theme will be "Whale Tales." We'll be exploring the world of cetaceans, including beluga whales, fin whales, bowhead whales, minke whales -- and of course, the humpback whales that come to Maui each winter. Our camp program will include a visit to Maui Ocean Center, a surfing lesson, a whalewatch cruise, a visit to Iao Valley, plus games, art, music and fun. Ocean Camp continues from December 26 to 28, as our camp program explores 
"Deep Divers" with explorations and discoveries about giant squids, the nautilus and Hawaiian Monk Seals. These three days will include a tidepool exploration, beach fun, a visit to Maui Ocean Center,a whalewatch cruise plus art and science projects. 
 
This popular day camp is located at Pacific Whale Foundation’s air-conditioned Discovery Center in Ma’alaea and is staffed by friendly, enthusiastic and energetic professionals with years of teaching and summer camp experience. Camp hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Register by December 1st and the camp fee is $67/day. (Pacific Whale Foundation Members pay just $50/day.) The registration afterDecember 1st is $72/day. (Pacific Whale Foundation Members pay just $55/day.) Last minute registration (24 hours prior) or day-of is $77/day. (Pacific Whale Foundation Members pay just $61/day.) For more information about camp and to enroll, please visit www.pacificwhale.org or call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
 
December 11, 2012 - April 30, 2013
Trail of the Whale: Free Whale Information Stations
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. Offered December 11, 2012 – April 30, 2012. For information, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
Offered at these locations. Please note specified dates and times:
 
Papawai Point
Offered daily,  8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Watch whales at this popular scenic overlook off Honoapi’ilani Highway (Route 30) located approximately 3 miles northwest of Ma’alaea Harbor.
 
Wailea Marriott Resort and Spa
Offered Tuesday and Thursdays  7:30 am to 1:30 pm. 
View whales along the Ocean Path in front of the Wailea Marriott, off Wailea Alanui Drive.
 
Marriot Maui Ocean Club on Ka'anapali Beach
Offered Wednesdays and Fridays 7:30 am to 11:30 am
The station is located along the oceanfront pedestrian path fronting the resort.
 
An additional location to learn about whales is the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Education Center, located at 726 S. Kihei Road, Kihei. The center is open Mondays through Fridays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Sanctuary staff and volunteers provide free "45-Ton Talks"  weekly in Kihei on Tuesday and Thursday at 11 am; for information call (808) 879-2818. The talks are also offered on Thursday and Friday at Whaler's  Village Museum in Ka'anapali; for information call (808) 264-1316 
 
 
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 
Christmas Brunch Cruise
For a uniquely Maui-style way to celebrate Christmas morning, join Pacific Whale Foundation for our annual Christmas Brunch Cruise. Enjoy the balmy ocean breezes; the scenic views of the West Maui Mountains and the neighboring islands of Lanai, Molokai and Kaho'olawe; and perhaps some sightings of  humpback whales.The cruise features a holiday buffet of Roasted Thyme Chicken Breast with a Pineapple Ginger Glaze; Sage-rubbed Roasted Pork with gravy; Parmesan and Chive Scalloped Potatoes; House-made dinner rolls; Garden Steamed Vegetables; Waipoli Mixed Greens with Maui Onion Dressing; Seasonal Assorted Island Fruit Platter; Banana and Pineapple Bread, along with Mini Pumpkin Pies with Whipped Cream and Christmas Sugar Cookies for dessert. All guests enjoy unlimited juices, sodas and filtered water. Adults over age 21 with valid picture i.d. may enjoy three complimentary cocktails (choice of Maui microbrewery beer, wine, tropical drinks and Mai Tais). The price is $79.95 for adults and $49.95 for children ages 3 to 12. Book online and save 10%.  Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. For reservations, visithttp://www.pacificwhale.org/cruises/Specialty-
Cruises#24666 or call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
 
 
Sunday, December 25, 2012
Christmas Dinner Cruise
Cruise on an eco-friendly, smooth-riding catamaran with friends and family for a festive Christmas Dinner cruise. It’s where the Yuletide and the Maui tide meet! Whale sightings are also very likely, to add to the merriment of the adventure. Our holiday menu features Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy, Island Baked Ham with a Sweet Guava Glaze, Traditional Vegetable Stuffing, Whipped Garlic Potatoes (Creamy Russet Potato Mash with Roasted Garlic), Haricot Verts Lightly Seasoned and Tossed in Butter, Upcountry Greens with Maui Onion Dressing, Grilled Island Vegetables (medley of fresh island vegetables cooked over hibachi grill), Fresh Rolls and an array of Christmas specialty desserts.The price includes unlimited juices, sodas, and filtered water for everyone. Adults with valid i.d. get 3 complimentary cocktails (choice of Maui microbrewery beer, wine, tropical drinks and Mai Tais). The two-hour cruise departs from Lahaina Harbor at 5:00 p.m. Price is $89.95 for  adults; $44.95 for children ages 3 – 12. Book online and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. For reservations, call (808) 249-8811 ext 1 or visit www.pacificwhale.org and click on "ecotours.”
 
Sunday, December 30, 2012 
Full Moon Whale Song Cruise
What could be more romantic and fun than cruising on the vast Pacific Ocean under a brilliant full moon and listening to the mysterious songs of male humpback whales -- songs that are only heard in the whales' mating and breeding grounds? This full moon adventure with Pacific Whale Foundation is narrated by special guest Harriet Witt, an international award winning astronomy writer and speaker, known for her  entertaining an informative commentary on the stars and moon. She'll share wisdom and insights about the night sky and all things lunar. This cruise takes place from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm.and includes appetizers and desserts, featuring a Crudite Platter with Maui Onion Dip, and Roasted Garlic Thai Basil Hummus; Local and International Cheese Platter with Assorted Crackers; Spicy Spinach Wrap with Grilled Vegetables; Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies and Tropical Fruit Tarts with Lilikoi Mousse. The ticket price also  includes up to 3 alcoholic beverages (local microbrewery beer, wine and Mai Tais) for adults with valid i.d., plus soda and juices.Please check-in 45 minutes prior to departure at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Lahaina Ocean Store at 612 Front Street, Lahaina. Price is $59.95 for adults and $39.95 for children. Book online at www.pacificwhale.org and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. For reservations, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
Monday, December 31, 2012
New Year's Eve Cocktail Cruise 
Ring in the New Year aboard a fun and festive starlight cruise with the best fireworks seats possible.  Enjoy live island music, cocktails and a fabulous array of tantalizing appetizers. Your ticket includes our delicious appetizers, including Chicken satay with sweet chili dipping sauce, vegan stuffed mushrooms, Pulled pork with guava BBQ sauce, Hawaiian sweet rolls, Crudite with ranch dressing, Fire & Ice hummus with crackers, fruit platter with guava mint glaze, and chocolate banana cream tarts with whipped cream. Plus all-you-can-drink chilled soda, juice, filtered water and up to three cocktails per adult, with a choice of local Maui microbrewery (Maui Brewing Co.) beer, plus wine and tropical well drinks including our famous Mai Tais (for adults 21+, must have valid picture i.d.). Desserts are included, too, including chocolate brownies and cookies.  Make this New Year's unforgettable and experience this popular cruise. Price is $79.95 for adults and $59.95 for children age 12 and under. Book early at www.pacificwhale.org and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. For information, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
Monday, December 31, 2012
New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise 
Be captivated by the night time stars viewed from aboard our festive New Year’s Eve late night dinner cruise. It’s a fun and memorable way to ring in the New Year! This cruise features  live Island-style entertainment throughout the cruise and a mouthwatering chef-prepared four-course dinner. Our menu includes an appetizer of Hot Spinach Dip served with hand-rolled, fresh-baked ocaccia, a Salad of Island Grown Greens served with Maui Onion Dressing, plus a choice of four entrees: Grass-fed Beef, grilled onboard and served with Makawao Mushroom Jus; Boneless Chicken Breast marinated in Teriyaki Sauce and grilled onboard, topped with Pineapple Chucks and Green Onions; Sesame Cilantro Tofu, served with a Mango Sauce; and Fresh Island Fish breaded in Maui Onion and Panko sautéed and served with a Garlic Soy Cream Sauce. Side dishes include Rice Pilaf and Sautéed Carrots and Zucchini fans. Desserts include Taro Pineapple Bread Pudding and Double Dipped Brownies drizzled with Caramel Sauce. Price is $109.95 for adults and children. Book early at www.pacificwhale.org and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. For information, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Onsite Coral Reef Naturalist Program
Visit Pacific Whale Foundation’s free Coral Reef Information Station at Ulua Beach in Wailea to learn the names of the fish that you see while snorkeling. Ulua Beach is perfect for beginning snorkelers and this information station is a great place to learn about the reef and how you can protect it as you explore it. Free use of fish i.d. cards and reference books. Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 am to 11:30 am. For information, call Pacific Whale Foundation at (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! This fun-filled cruise is led by local island music and reggae star Marty Dread. His charisma and enthusiasm gets everyone dancing and having a great time. It's perfect for all ages! The cruise includes an array of delicious hot and cold appetizers, plus Maui Brewing Co. beer, wine, Mai Tais and tropical well drinks (up to 3 per guest) as well as sodas, filtered water and juices. Offered by Pacific Whale Foundation, it departs at 5:00 pm on Friday evenings from Ma’alaea Harbor. Price is $59.95 for adults and $39.95 for children. Book online at www.pacificwhale.org and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. For reservations and information, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
Saturdays
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. You'll receive a free tote bag for your efforts. Call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 at least 24 hours in advance to sign up. Learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation’s Volunteering on Vacation program at www.volunteersonvacation.org.
 
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. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring a light jacket that you do not mind getting a little dirty, water, and sunscreen. Gloves and gardening tools are provided. Please call (808) 249-8811 in advance to sign up. Learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation’s Volunteering on Vacation program atwww.volunteersonvacation.org.
 
Mondays
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. Get a free Volunteering on Vacation tote bag for your efforts! For info and to sign up call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. Learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation’s Volunteering on Vacation program at www.volunteersonvacation.org.
 
Wednesdays
Volunteering on Vacation: Beach Clean-up with Pacific Whale Foundation's Conservation Manager
Join Pacific Whale Foundation's Conservation Manager Lauren Campbell to help clean up one of Maui's popular beach parks. This is a great opportunity to talk story about local, national and international conservation issues while helping to keep marine debris and trash out of the ocean. All participants who volunteer for three hours or more will receive a free totebag from Pacific Whale Foundation through our Volunteering on Vacation program. The clean-up takes place from 9 am until noon. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Wear a hat and sunscreen and bring water or a drink. Please sign up at advance at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. Directions will be provided to the beach site when you sign up. 
 
Fridays
Volunteering on Vacation: Hawaiian Islands Land Trust Service Project
Join the growing worldwide trend of "voluntourism" by participating in the Volunteering on Vacation program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation. In exchange for your efforts, you'll receive a free tote bag and the satisfaction of joining in efforts to protect Maui's unique environment. 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. The program takes place every Friday from 7:15 am to noon and includes four hours of work. Meet in front of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust Offices, located at 2371 W Vineyard St. in Wailuku, adjacent to the Iao Valley Church. Bring water, snacks, lunch and sunscreen, and wear closed-toe shoes, pants and hat (sun protection). Be sure to call at least 24 hours in advance to sign up. Call (808)-249-8811 ext. 1. Learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation’s Volunteering on Vacation program at www.volunteersonvacation.org.