Posted on: February 27, 2014

March Events Feature Evenings with the Experts

The Maui Whale Festival, hosted by Pacific Whale Foundation, continues through March, to celebrate the majestic marine mammals that inhabit Maui's sparkling ocean waters. Don't miss the two exciting Evenings with the Experts on March 13 and 14. In addition. Pacific Whale Foundation offers many other events and special cruises this month, including the Spring Session of Ocean Camp for kids in grades K - 5. Read on for information or visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org. For events requiring reservations, call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or book online at www.pacificwhale.org and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. 
 
Saturdays, March 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2014
Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise from Lahaina Harbor
Maui's most fun at-sea dance party comes to Lahaina! The popular Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise featuring local reggae and island sounds recording artist Marty Dread will be offered from Lahaina Harbor on Saturdays in March from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The cruise includes dancing on the deck of a stable, smooth-riding catamaran, plus hot and cold appetizers, drinks and guaranteed whale sightings! Reservations are required.
 
Monday, March 3 and 31, 2014
Stargazing Cruise
Experience the enchantment of Maui's velvet night sky on this stargazing cruise with Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventures. Here in Hawaii, the most remote island chain in the world, you'll experience brilliant stars from an optimal vantage point. This 8:00 to 10:00 pm cruise is timed to coincide with the best stargazing conditions. We lower a hydrophone into the sea, so you can listen to the haunting and mysterious songs of humpback whales in the ocean around us. Our special guest narrator is Harriet Witt, an international award-winning astronomy writer and speaker, known for her entertaining and informative commentary on the stars. The cruise includes beverages, appetizers, desserts and a free full-color marine life poster. Reservations 
are required.
 
Fridays, March 7, 14 and 21, 2014
Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise from Ma’alaea Harbor
Get onboard for lots of fun and dancing on our Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise with local reggae star Marty Dread. Offered Friday nights at 4:30 pm from Ma'alaea Harbor, this two-hour excursion includes delicious appetizers and perfectly mixed Mai Tais and other drinks. Plus, whale sightings are guaranteed! If you fail to see whales, you'll receive a free ticket for a regular Pacific Whale Foundation whalewatch. Reservations are required.
 
Monday, March 10 and Tuesday March 11, 2014
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 our Moonlight Tidepool Explorations at a South Maui tidepool. This discovery event is recommended for people ages 6 and over and costs $15 per adult and $7 per child. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. Refreshments will be provided and reservations are required. Co-sponsored by Mana Kai Maui Resort.
 
Thursday, March 13
Evening with the Experts
The producer of “Blackfish” will present a free screening of this 90-minute documentary and talk about the creation of this compelling, internationally acclaimed film. The movie documents the circumstances leading to the 2010 death of Dawn Brancheau, a renowned SeaWorld trainer who was killed by a 12,000-pound orca. "Blackfish" provides a compelling look at the cruelty of keeping whales and dolphins in captivity, and has been instrumental in educating millions of people worldwide. Manny Oteyza will be joined by Howard Garrett, co-founder of Orca Network which is leading the “Free Lolita” campaign to return this captive whale to the wild. The presentations and film will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Haleakala Ballroom at the Westin Maui Resort and Spa in Ka'anapali. Admission is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Complimentary advance reservations for seats are recommended and can be 
arranged by calling Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
 
Friday, March 14, 2014
Evening with the Experts
Whale researchers from Hawaii, Ecuador and Chile will be offering free presentations about their work from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Haleakala Ballroom at the Westin Maui Resort and Spa in Ka'anapali. "Heroes in Whale Research" will spotlight three dynamic female scientists who are studying whales in the wild through research projects funded by Pacific Whale Foundation. Elsa Cabrera will present on her work to protect blue whales and to stop wind farms in Southern Chile. Dr. Cristina Castro will discuss her research off the coast of Ecuador and her outreach efforts which helped change the poor fishing village of Puerto Lopez into a burgeoning tourist destination. Dr. Emmanuelle Martinez will describe Pacific Whale Foundation's studies of humpback whales off Maui, as part of a larger goal of preventing vessel-whale collisions. Admission is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Complimentary advance reservations for seats are recommended and can be arranged by calling Pacific Whale 
Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
 
Friday, March 14, 2014
Whalewatch with the Experts
Join “Blackfish” producer Manny Oteyza, Orca Network co-founder Howard Garrett, and Pacific Whale Foundation’s Greg Kaufman at sea for a fascinating, one-of-a-kind whalewatch from Lahaina Harbor at 11:30 am. Whale sightings are guaranteed. In the very unlikely event that you do not see whales, you'll receive a free "Just a Fluke" ticket to go whalewatching again with Pacific Whale Foundation. Reservations are required.
 
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Whalewatch with the Experts
Join “Heroes in Whale Research” Elsa Cabrera, Dr. Cristina Castro, Dr. Emmanuelle Martinez, and Pacific Whale Foundation’s Greg Kaufman on a spectacular whalewatch from Lahaina Harbor at 11:30 am. Whale sightings are guaranteed. In the very unlikely event that you do not see whales, you'll receive a free "Just a Fluke" ticket to go whalewatching again with Pacific Whale Foundation. Reservations are required.
 
Sunday, March 16, 2014
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, drinks and desserts? This two-hour adventure departs from Lahaina Harbor at 8:00 pm and is 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. With our hydrophones, you'll also get to listen to live songs of whales in the area. 
 
Monday, March 17 – Friday, March 21, 2014
Ocean Camp -- Spring Session
This week of fun and educational activities for children in grades K-5 includes a trip to the Maui Ocean Center, a visit to Iao Valley, exploration of Ulua Beach, a surfing lesson and more. Ocean Camp takes place from 8:00 am to 4:00pm 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 camp experience. Ocean 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 camp experience. You can enroll your child for individual or multiple days. You can also join your child on the grand finale excursion aboard a Pacific Whale Foundation vessel by calling 808-249-8811 ext. 1 to make a reservation. Just let our customer care agent know your child is in Ocean Camp when you book 
your ticket. This popular camp fills up quickly, so register by March 3, 2014 for the best rate of $67 per day. Pacific Whale Foundation Members pay just $50 per day. An optional lunch service is also available for $6.50 per day.
 
Sundays through April 27, 2014 and Wednesdays through April 2, 2014
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. You’ll discover the most effective camera settings for our local conditions at sea from professional wildlife and adventure photographers. Bring your own digital camera or rent a Cannon PowerShot from Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Stores. Offered on Sunday morning from 8:00 am to 11:00 am, departing from Lahaina Harbor with a complimentary pre-departure continental breakfast, and Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm, departing from Ma'alaea Harbor with an array of hot and cold appetizers. Each guest will receive a collection of digital photos taken by our team during their trip and some favorite photos from Pacific Whale Foundation, plus a free 
whale poster. Reservations are required. 
 
Tuesdays, through April 8, 2014
Ultimate Whalewatch
Learn firsthand what it is like to be a whale researcher on a personally guided group tour with Pacific Whale Foundation’s researchers and marine biologists. This research adventure begins at 7:15 am with a complimentary continental breakfast, followed by a pre-trip presentations and a two-hour whalewatch tour. The researcher will help interpret the humpback whale behaviors that are viewed during the trip. The tour wraps up at 11:30 am with a visit to Pacific Whale Foundation’s research lab. Whale sightings are guaranteed. If you do not see whales, you will get a free ticket for one of Pacific Whale Foundation’s regular whalewatches. Reservations are required.
 
Wednesdays, through April 2, 2014
SeaWees
An educational program for children ages 3-5 and their parents/caregivers, SeaWees 
features developmentally appropriate early-childhood practice including music/movement, demonstrations and guided exploration delivered in a child-centered environment. SeaWees meets on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 am to 10:00 am at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center overlooking Ma'alaea Harbor unless otherwise noted. The cost of a four-week session is $60 for Pacific Whale Foundation Members, and $70 for non-members. It includes three classroom sessions and a "SEAfari" outing. A second child in the same family is 50% off. 
 
 
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 referencebooks. Open 8 am to 11:30 am. For information, call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
 
 
Trail of the Whale: Free Whale Information Stations 
Various days, through April 30, 2014 
Pacific Whale Foundation naturalists and volunteers are stationed 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 will 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. For information, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
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 three miles northwest of Ma’alaea Harbor. 
 
Wailea Marriott - Offered Tuesday and Thursdays 7:30 am to 11:30 am
View 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 11:30 am
On Maui’s westside, this station is located along the oceanfront pedestrian path fronting the resort. 
 
Fleetwood's on Front St. - Offered daily, noon to 4:00 pm 
At 744 Front Street, you’ll find the most "chill" spot for watching whales from their spacious, shaded upper deck -- the perfect place to kick back, enjoy a cocktail, lunch, dinner, appetizer or dessert and watch whales off the Lahaina coast. 
 
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 three hours or more. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 least 24 hours in advance to sign up. To learn more, visit www.volunteersonvacation.org
 
 
First and Third Saturdays 
Volunteering on Vacation: Haleakala National Park
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. 
 
Every Saturday
Volunteering on Vacation: Malama Honokowai
Volunteer with Malama Honokowai 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, starting in front of North Sugar Cane Train Station, Puukoli Road, Ka’anapali. Bring water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen and bug repellent and wear closed-toe shoes, pants and a t-shirt.
 
Every Monday
Volunteering on Vacation: Hoaloha 'aina
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 from 7:30 to 9:30 am. Bring water, snacks and sunscreen and wear solid, closed-toed shoes. 
 
Every Wednesday
Volunteering on Vacation: O'o Farm
Work on an exquisite organic farm in the misting forest of Waipoli in Kula. Meet at O'o Farms at 8:45 am for assorted (and fun) farm chores until 11:30 am. 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.
 
Every Friday
Volunteering on Vacation: Hawaiian Islands Land Trust Service Project
Visit Waihee Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge, a remarkable coastal area that's rich in Hawaiian history and bird watching. Meet at 8:00 am at the Waihee Refuge, located off of Halewaiu Road and help remove invasive species and clear brush until 12:00 pm. Bring water and sunscreen, and wear closed-toe shoes, pants and hat for sun protection. Snacks and cold drinks provided.
 
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 and help tally marine debris. It’s a great way to contribute to a safe and healthy coastal environment for all living things on Maui. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 to sign up.