Posted on: October 29, 2012

November Events Celebrate Whales' Return

The excitement builds during the month of November at Pacific Whale Foundation, as whale sightings occur with greater frequency, leading up to the annual Welcome Home the Whales Celebration Cruises held by Pacific Whale Foundation on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. During these cruises, guests travel with Pacific Whale Foundation's researchers and naturalists, to watch whales and herald their return. Sightings of whales are guaranteed. Whale sightings have taken place on these cruises faithfully in recent years, but in the unlikely event that whales are not seen, all paying passengers will receive a free ticket to go whalewatching again with Pacific Whale Foundation. For information and reservations, please scroll down or call 808.249.8811 ext. 1. 

From that point forward until May 15, Pacific Whale Foundation guarantees whale sightings on all of its whalewatch cruises. 
 
Can't wait until late November to go out and look for whales? Pacific Whale Foundation will be offering daily Whale Search Cruises, starting on November 5. It's a great way to enjoy a two hour ocean cruise, as you, the captain and onboard naturalists search for whales. Sightings aren't guaranteed, but you are certain to learn a lot about whales from the certified marine naturalists who lead your trip. The prices for the Whale Search Cruises are just $24.95 for adults and $17.95 for children age 12 and under. Children ages 6 and under go free, one per paying adult. Save 10% by booking online. For reservations, visit www.pacificwhale.org or call 808.249.8811 ext. 1 or 1.800.942.5311 ext. 1. 
 
To learn more about all of Pacific Whale Foundation's events for November, please scroll down. 
 
Saturday, November 3 and Saturday, November 17, 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.
 
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. 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. 
 
 
Saturday, November 10, 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.  6:00 to 7:30 pm. Advance reservations required. Co-sponsored by Mana Kai Maui Resort. For reservations, call (808) 249-8811 ext 1.
 
 
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Thanksgiving Dinner Cruises
For a unique Maui-style way to celebrate Thanksgiving, enjoy your holiday feast in a remarkable setting -- on the beautiful Pacific Ocean surrounded by four Hawaiian islands -- on a relaxing Thanksgiving Sunset Dinner Cruise with Pacific Whale Foundation, departing from Lahaina Harbor. All guests are guaranteed outdoor seating on a smooth-riding, double-deck, modern catamaran. Choose from departures at 2:00, 5:00 and 5:30 pm. The cruise includes live music and cocktails (wine, local microbrew beer, Mai Tais and other tropical mixed drinks, along with soda and juice), plus a buffet featuring all of the traditional Thanksgiving fixings: Kalua Turkey with Giblet Gravy (turkey cooked in traditional Hawaiian style underground oven), Island Kalua Ham with Guava Jelly (ham cooked in traditional Hawaiian style underground oven, then covered in guava jelly), Portuguese Sausage Stuffing (traditional Thanksgiving stuffing filled with Portuguese sausage), Whipped Garlic Potatoes (creamy russet potato mash with roasted garlic), Maui-grown Corn on the Cob (flavored with cream and butter), Upcountry Greens with Maui Onion Dressing, Grilled Island Vegetables (medley of fresh island vegetables cooked over hibachi grill), Fresh Baked Taro and Soft Rolls, plus a dessert of Pumpkin Haupia Squares (Hawaiian coconut dessert infused with pumpkin), Mini Pumpkin Pies and Double Chocolate Brownies. Adults are $84.95; children ages 12 and under are $59.95. Book online and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. For reservations, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or visit www.pacificwhale.org.
 
 
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Welcome Home the Whales Celebration Cruises
Join Pacific Whale Foundation's researchers and staff in welcoming back the migrating humpback whales on this celebration cruise. Enjoy expert narration by Pacific Whale Foundation researchers and learn the latest whale findings. Whale sightings are guaranteed or you go again free. Includes a free Jr. Naturalist program for children and a free whale poster for each party. This cruise departs from Lahaina at 9:30 am and 11:30 am and Ma'alaea Harbor at 9:30 am and 11:30 am. Price is $24.95 for adults; $17.95 for children age 12 and under. Children ages 6 and under go free, one free child per paying adult. Book online and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%.  For reservations, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or visit www.pacificwhale.org.
 
 
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. 
 
 
Monday, November 12, 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 Pacific Ocean off the coast of Lahaina. 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. The cruise takes place from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm abd 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.
 
Thursday, November 29, 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 any male humpback whales that are nearby -- 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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.