Posted on: November 28, 2012

January Events at Pacific Whale Foundation

In the ocean waters off Maui, the first month of the New Year brings increased sightings of humpback whales -- and some very special sightings of tiny calves that were born here in Maui's warm ocean waters. Pacific Whale Foundation hosts three Whale Information Stations (collectively known as the "Trail of the Whale") where knowledgeable naturalists can help you locate whales from shore and answer your questions about these intriguing marine mammals. Scroll down to read more, and to learn about the many events offered by Pacific Whale Foundation this month. 

 
Saturday, January 5 and Saturday, January 19, 2013
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.
 
Saturday, January 5 and Friday, January 25, 2013
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.
 
Every Tuesday
Ultimate Whalewatch
Learn firsthand what it is like to be a whale researcher on a personally guided group tour. This is a special opportunity to interact with Pacific Whale Foundation’s researchers and marine biologists. This research adventure begins over a complimentary continental breakfast (pastries, fresh fruit, coffee and tea) in Pacific Whale Foundation’s Discovery Center. Your small group will gather for a 45-minute presentation by a member of the Pacific Whale Foundation’s research team to learn about the foundation’s ongoing whale research and photo identification efforts. You’ll also learn about the whales that you are about to encounter.
 
The group will then embark on a two-hour whalewatch
tour with a member of the research team. Researchers will share their knowledge of whale behavior, and interpret the significance and purpose of humpback social activity within the context of season and location. The tour wraps up with a final 45-minute visit to Pacific Whale Foundation’s research lab.
 
Offered on Tuesdays, from 7:30 am to 11:30 am. Meet at 7:15 am for this tour at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Store, 300 Ma'alaea Road, located at the Ma’alaea Harbor Shops, adjacent to the Maui Ocean Center Aquarium and next to Ma'alaea Harbor.  As always, whale sightings are guaranteed. (If you do not see whales, you will get a free ticket for one of our Classic Whalewatches.) For information and reservations, call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or visit www.pacificwhale.org. 
 
Every Wednesday
Sea Wees: Ocean Edventure for Preschoolers
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.  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, January 10, 2013
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). 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, through 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. 
 
Monday, January 28, 2013
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.
 
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 at www.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.
 
Second and Fourth Wednesdays of Each Month
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.
 
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