Posted on: March 2, 2012

March Events Announced at Pacific Whale Foundation

Whales are around Maui in abundance this month, and the Maui Whale Festival continues to celebrate their presence, with a continuation of the Photo Tribute to the Whales Exhibit, a Whalewatch Natural History Hike and other events.To obtain up-to-the-minute reports on festival happenings, please visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org.   

Pacific Whale Foundation, a nonprofit organization based on Maui, offers an array of events, including the spring session of the Pacific Whale FoundationOcean Camp, service programs through its Volunteering on Vacation Program and special cruises. To learn more about these events, please visit www.pacificwhale.org or call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
Featured Activities:

Saturday, March 3, 2012
VIP Whalewatch with Greg Kaufman
Enjoy a special VIP cruise with Pacific Whale Foundation’s President and founder, Greg Kaufman.  A pioneer in whale research and efforts to save whales, Greg has written three books about whales and is an invited participant in the International Whaling Commission's Scientific Committee.  During the whalewatch cruise Greg will provide insightful commentary and expert interpretation of the whales’ intriguing behaviors.This two hour cruise departs at 12:30 on March 3, 2012 from Lahaina Harbor. Whale sightings are guaranteed, or you get a free ticket for a regular Pacific Whale Foundation whalewatch. Price is $49.95 for adults, $34.95 for children ages 7 -12. Children ages 6 and under go free. Each party receives a free copy of the book, Humpbacks of Hawaii: The Long Journey Back, autographed by author Greg Kaufman. Book online at www.pacificwhale.org and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. For information or reservations, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
Saturday, March 17
Go Green for St. Patrick's Day: Volunteer at Haleakala National Park
Do something "green" on St. Patrick's Day -- spend your day as part of a volunteer team at Haleakala National Park. Pacific Whale Foundation will host a group of volunteers to pull invasive pine trees, with time for a visit to the summit and a picnic lunch. 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. Warm clothes, long pants and closed-toed shoes are required. Bring water and lunch. Participants get to experience the park for free. Free transportation is provided.  Participants meet in front of Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store, located in the Harbor Shops of Ma'alaea at 1:00 pm or at 1:30 pm in the parking lot of Tavares Community Center, in Pukalani. Reservations required. Please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.  Learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation’s Volunteering on Vacation program at http://volunteersonvacation.org. 
 
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Pacific Whale Foundation's Making Waves Lecture Series Presents: "Everything Flows to the Ocean"
What's the biggest polluter of our nearshore ocean waters? It's all of the pollutants, from thousands of different sources, that travel to the sea from all parts of our island. Learn more about the issues relating to our our island watersheds and how we can each be part of the solution, at this free talk featuring presentations by Michael Howden,  a member of the Maui County Board of Water Supply, and a Permaculture Designer and others who are knowledgeable about watershed issues.  Free and open to all. 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center, downstairs at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops, next to Maui Ocean Center. For information, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.  
 
Daily Through March 31, 2012
Photo Tribute To the Whales
Exhibit of stunning whale photography, hosted by Pacific Whale Foundation as part of the Maui Whale Festival. Open daily, through March 31, 2012, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Located at Ma’alaea Harbor Shops, next door to Maui Ocean Center. The exhibit features works by professional wildlife photographers Monica and Michael Sweet, Douglas Hoffman, David Fleetham and several Pacific Whale Foundation member photographers, including Herb Hartmann and Dale Walsh. It will also include photos taken by Pacific Whale Foundation's researchers and naturalists, including photography by Greg Kaufman, Founder and President of Pacific Whale Foundation and naturalists Daimar Tamarack, John O'Leary and Jes Beneteau. The Ma'alaea Harbor Shops are located on Route 30, Honoapi'ilani Highway, next to Maui Ocean Center. Admission is free. For information, visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org or call  Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. Part of the Maui Whale Festival.
 
March 18 and March 19, 2012
Moonlight Tidepool Explorations
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. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. Refreshments will be provided. $10 per adult and $5 per child. 6:30 pm. Advance reservations required. Co-sponsored by Mana Kai Maui Resort. For reservations, call (808) 249-8811 ext 1.
 
Wednesday,  March 28, 2012
Whalewatch and Natural History Hike
Free activity with Pacific Whale Foundation features a guided 5.5 mile hike along the Lahaina Pali Trail, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the ocean and any whales in the area. For adults over age 15 who are fit, experienced hikers. Free transportation provided from Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Store in Ma’alaea to and from the trailheads. No bathrooms on the trail. 
 
Your trip will be led by a Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist. Meet at 7:00 am. Hike begins at 7:30 am. Limited to 13 participants.  Free. Advance reservations required. Call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
 
Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16, 2012
Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Camp Spring Session
Ocean Camp offers fun activities, field trips, learning and adventure for children in grades K-5. It takes place from Monday, March 12  through Friday, March 16, 2012 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Parents may enroll their children in single or multiple days. The theme of this camp session is "The Ocean in Motion" and will focus on exploring the role of water movement on our planet. The program includes a whalewatch cruise, surf lesson, science labs, beach investigations, art projects, a visit to Maui Ocean Center and more. The camp has a 1:10 teacher to camper ratio, and features curriculum developed by certified educators. Price is $72 per day, $61 per day for kama'aina and $55 per day for Pacific Whale Foundation Members. Register late (24 hours prior or day of) and the fee is $77 per day, $66 per day for kamaaina, $61 per day for Pacific Whale Foundation Members. For information, please visit www.mauioceancamp.org or call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
 
 
Special Cruises
 
Sundays
Whale Photo Safari
Get hands-on training on capturing great whale images with whatever digital camera you own. This at-sea workshop is suitable for beginning and advanced photographers This trip will be led by a Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist, along with David Fleetham, professional marine wildlife photographer. His photographs have been published around the globe, with over one hundred magazine covers to date. During your 3-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. You'll also have the chance to listen to live whale songs via hydrophone. Departs from Lahaina Harbor at 9:15 am and returns at 12:15 pm on Pacific Whale Foundation's new raft, Ocean Freedom. Price is $99.95 per person. Book online and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members 
save 20%. Visit www.pacificwhale.org or call Pacific Whale Foundation for reservations and information at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
Mondays
Ultimate Whalewatch
Learn firsthand what it is like to be a whale researcher on a personally guided group tour. 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. Participants will 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 Discovery Center. Offered on Mondays, 8:00 am to 11:30 am. Whale sightings are guaranteed or you get a free ticket for one of Pacific Whale Foundation's regular Whalewatches. Book online and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. Visit www.pacificwhale.org or call Pacific Whale Foundation for reservations and information at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
 
Mondays
Stargazing Cruises: Moon, Stars and the Whales
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. The cruise is narrated by Harriet Witt, an international award winning astronomy writer and speaker, known for her entertaining and informative commentary on the stars. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Sky & Telescope, and Spirit of Aloha. The cruise includes appetizers, dessert treats and drinks. It takes place from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm from Lahaina 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, please 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 – and watching whales -- at sunset! This fun-filled, multi-generational cruise is led by local island music and reggae star Marty Dread. His charisma and enthusiasm gets everyone dancing and enjoying themselves. The cruise includes  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 from Ma'alaea Harbor on Friday evenings at 5:00 pm and returns at 7:00 pm. Whale sightings guaranteed from December 16 through April 30 or you get a free ticket for a regular Pacific Whale Foundation Whalewatch. 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.
 
 
Children's Programs:
 
Wednesdays
Sea Wees
Now in its 7th year, SeaWees is a Wednesday morning program for children ages 3-5 and their parents/caregivers, provided by the professional marine educators at Pacific Whale Foundation. A developmentally appropriate early-childhood program, SeaWees includes music/movement, demonstrations and guided exploration delivered in a child-centered environment. Participants can sign up for a single morning or for the entire session. Each session consists of four classroom sessions and one “Seafari” field adventure organized around a marine science theme.
 
The cost for the entire five-week session (including four classroom sessions and one Seafari Outing) is $50 per child (or $40 for PWF members). To attend a single class, the fee is $12. The second child in the same family may attend for 50% off.  Reservations are required. Please call (808) 249-8811. Class sizes are limited, so reserve as early as possible. Please contact the instructor, Merrill Kaufman, at Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 856-8322 for specific questions about the program or if your child has special needs.
 
 
Wildlife Information Stations:
 
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Free: 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 you'll 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. Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 am to 11:30 am. 
 
Selected Days:
Trail of the Whale: Free Whale Information Stations
Pacific Whale Foundation naturalists and volunteers arestationed at three locations 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 have binoculars and scopes to help you get a better view, along with models and marine artifacts. You’ll also get answers to your questions about whales, geography and natural history. Free and open to all. Part of Maui Whale Festival. Offered December 11, 2011 – 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
Offered Tuesday and Thursdays  7:30 am to 11:30 amView whales along the Ocean Path in front of the Wailea Marriott, off Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea.
 
Maui Ocean Club
Offered Wednesdays and Fridays 7:30 am to 11:30am
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.
 
An additional location to view whales is the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center, located at 726 S. Kihei Road, Kihei. Open Mondays through Fridays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Sanctuary staff and volunteers provide free information about whales. Reservations not required. For information, call (808) 879-2818.
 
The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary also offers free information on sea turtles, coral reefs, fish and whales at the Grand Wailea Ocean Path, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Wednesdays. In addition, the Sanctuary will offer another free information site at the boardwalk at Whaler’s Village in Ka’anapali on Thursdays, from 9 am to 1 pm. For information, call (808) 879-2818.
 
 
Volunteering on Vacation Programs:
 
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 that showcases a working farm on 8.5 acres.Meet at O'o Farms at 8:45. The project work lasts from 8:45 until 11:30 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. You'll receive a free tote bag for your effortsBe sure to call (808) 249-8811 in advance to sign up. Learn more at http://volunteersonvacation.org/
 
 
Mondays
Volunteering on Vacation: South Maui Volunteers
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. Meeting locations are announced every Wednesday for the following Monday. Project updates are posted each Wednesday at volunteeringonvacation.org or check out www.southmauivolunteers.com for exact locations. Bring water, snacks and sunscreen and wear solid, closed-toed shoes. Get a free Volunteering on Vacation tote bag for your efforts! For info or to sign up call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. Learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation’s Volunteering on Vacation program at http://volunteersonvacation.org/
 
 
Saturdays
Volunteering on Vacation: Malama Honokowai
As part of Pacific Whale Foundation's Volunteering on Vacation program, work with nonprofit Malama Honokawai and visit the beautiful and hidden Honokawai Valley, an area closed to the public. Among Hawaiian archeological 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. Meet at 9 a.m. in front of North Sugar Cane Train Station, Puukoli Road, Kaanapali. Bring water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen and bug repellant and wear closed-toe shoes, oants and a t-shirt. You'll receive a free tote bag for your efforts.Be sure to 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 http://volunteersonvacation.org/
 
 
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 totebag 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. Meet at 7:15 am in front of the 
Hawaiian Islands Land Trust Offices, located at 2371 W Vineyard St in Wailuku, adjacent to the Iao Valley Church. The program takes place every Friday from 7:15 am to noon and includes four hours of work. Bring water, snacks,  lunch and sunscreen, and wear closed-toed 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 http://volunteersonvacation.org.
 
First and Third Saturdays of Each Month
Haleakala National Park Volunteer Service Trip
Want to see spectacular views at 7,000 feet, watch rare native birds and save unique ecosystems found nowhere else on the  planet?  Come to Haleakala National Park. Pacific Whale Foundation will host a group of volunteers to pull invasive pine trees , with time for a visit to the summit and a picnic lunch. 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. Warm clothes, long pants and closed-toed shoes are required. Bring water and lunch. Participants get to experience the park for free. Free transportation is provided.  Participants meet in front of Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store, located in the Harbor Shops of Ma'alaea 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, located in Pukalani. Reservations required. Please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. From the U.S. Mainland, please call 1-800-942-5311. Learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation’s Volunteering on Vacation program at http://volunteersonvacation.org.
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