Posted on: August 31, 2010

Pacific Whale Foundation Announces August Events

A Wild Dolphin Sand Sculpture Contest highlights the events offered by Pacific Whale Foundation in August. But that's just one of the many fun and educational activities that are offered this month. Thre's also a VIP Wild Dolphin Watch cruise with Pacific Whale Foundation's researchers, a free talk by Dr. Christopher Kelley about Hawaii¹s Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL), Stargazing Cruises, a Full Moon Cruise, Volunteering on Vacation opportunities and more. To learn more, visit www.pacificwhale.org or call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.

August 7, 2010
Wild Dolphin Sand Sculpture Contest
Attention all dolphin enthusiasts and amateur sand sculpture aficionados: Pacific Whale Foundation invites you to participate in the 2010 Wild Dolphin Sand Sculpture Contest! The contest is free and open to all. It will take place at the north end of Keawakapu Beach in South Kihei from 9 am to 11 am, with judging to follow immediately and prizes announced around 11:45. There is no cost to enter. The contest is part of Pacific Whale Foundation's Wild Dolphin Days, a weekend-long celebration of the dolphins that live wild and free in Maui County waters.

Sculptures can be created by individuals, families or groups. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: "Best Overall Entry by a Family or Group," "Best Individual or Group Kids" Entry (for kids 12 and under only)," "Most Realistic Dolphin," "Most Creative Entry," and "Funniest Entry." The winner for Best Overall Entry by a Family or Groupwill receive passes for a family of four for Pacific Whale Foundation's Wild Dolphin Watch Cruise, a three-hour adventure focused on watching the wild dolphins that inhabit Lana'i's coastal waters. Winners in other categories will receive dolphin-themed prizes from Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store.

All participants will receive a free Wild Dolphin Guide from Pacific Whale Foundation and a free dolphin poster. For information, call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.

Sunday, August 8, 2010
VIP Wild Dolphin Encounter Cruise
Pacific Whale Foundation will offer a special Wild Dolphin Watch Cruise hosted by Pacific Whale Foundation¹s Research Director Kristen Jule, PhD. She has been leading Pacific Whale Foundation's 2010 Odontocete Study (toothed whales and dolphins) in Hawaii. Dolphin sightings are guaranteed on this three-hour eco-adventure, or you go again free. Passengers will receive a free CD of wild dolphin photos, free wild dolphin guide and free dolphin poster. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. from Lahaina Harbor. There will be a 10% discount for participants in the Wild Dolphin Sand Sculpture Contest, held on August 7. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20% off the retail rate. Check-in at Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store at 612 Front Street, Lahaina (across from Banyan Tree Park). For reservations, call (808) 249-8811 ext 1 or visit www.pacificwhale.org and click on "ecotours" and "dolphin cruises." You can also click here.

August 20, 2010
Making Waves Lecture Series
Dr. Christopher Kelley: Hawaii¹s Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL)
As part of Pacific Whale Foundation’s Making Waves Lecture Series, Dr. Christopher Kelley will present a free talk on the discovery of new deep water species by the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL). Dr. Kelley is the program biologist for HURL, which operates two 2,000 m submersibles and a 1,000 m ROV. His responsibilities include the identification and documentation of fish and invertebrates videotaped during HURL's submersible and ROV operations. Dr. Kelley is also been the principal investigator of several projects on the habitat and benthic communities associated with the bottomfish fishery in both the main and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI). The talk is part of Pacific Whale Foundation’s monthly Making Waves Lecture series. At Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center in Ma'alaea (next to Maui Ocean Center). Admission is free and open to the public. 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Call (808) 249-8811 for information. No registration required.

August 4 and 11, 2010
Stargazing Cruises
Join Pacific Whale Foundation for a stargazing cruise featuring professional astronomer Harriet Witt, an international award winning astronomy writer and speaker whose writing has been featured Sky & Telescope and Spirit of Aloha. She has been giving colorful and informative presentations on astronomy in Hawaii since 1990. Cruise beneath a beautiful nighttime sky, and learn about the stars. Includes hot and cold appetizers, unlimited soda and juices, and up to three alcoholic beverages (Maui Brewing Co. beer, wine, Mai Tais and tropical well drinks) for adults with valid i.d. For reservations, call (808) 249-8811 ext 1 or visit www.pacificwhale.org and click on "ecotours" and "evening cruises."

August 25, 2010
Full Moon Cruise
A full moon at sea... expert narration by professional astronomer Harriet Witt...great hot and cold pupu (appetizers) and chilled drinks...all ingredients for a truly magical evening! Harriett Witt is an international award winning astronomy writer and speaker. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Sky & Telescope and Spirit of Aloha. She has been giving colorful and informative presentations on astronomy in Hawaii since 1990. Ticket includes unlimited soda and juices, plus up to three alcoholic beverages (Maui Brewing Co. beer, wine, Mai Tais and tropical well drinks) for adults with valid i.d. From Lahaina Harbor, 8:00 to 10:00 pm. For reservations, call (808) 249-8811 ext 1 or visit www.pacificwhale.org and click on "ecotours" and "evening cruises."

Friday, 8/20
Saturday, 8/21
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. 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. 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. Advance reservations required. Co-sponsored by Mana Kai Maui Resort. For reservations, call (808) 249-8811 ext 1 or visit www.pacificwhale.org and click on "ecotours."

Every Monday-Friday
Onsite Coral Reef Naturalist Program
Learn names of fish you¹ve seen while snorkeling and how to protect Maui¹s reefs at Pacific Whale Foundation¹s free Coral Reef Information Station. 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at Wailea¹s Ulua Beach. Sponsored by Hawaii Tourism Authority. For info, call 249-8811 ext. 1.

Every Friday
Island Rhythms Cruise
Join Pacific Whale Foundation for a very special sunset cocktail cruise featuring local reggae sensation Marty Dread who serves as dj, singer and master of ceremonies. He's sure to get you up dancing! Marty has released numerous solo and group albums, been nominated for Na Hoku Hanohano awards, and performed around the world. The cruise includes delicious hot and cold appetizers plus juices and sodas, as well as up to three alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, Mai Tais and tropical well drinks) for adults with valid i.d. Fridays, 5:00 to 7:00 pm from Ma¹alaea Harbor. Check-in at Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store at the Harbor Shops at Ma'alaea. For reservations, call (808) 249-8811 ext 1 or visit www.pacificwhale.org and click on "ecotours" and "evening cruises."

Volunteering on Vacation Programs:
Throughout the month, Pacific Whale Foundation offers opportunities for visitors and residents to get off the beaten path; learn about local culture, plants and wildlife; and make a difference on behalf of Maui's unique and fragile environment through service projects with Maui-based nonprofits, parks and agencies. You can even take part in a beach clean-up! Volunteer for three or more hour and you'll receive a free Volunteering on Vacation totebag. This program is made possible through an award from Hawaii Tourism Authority and support from Pacific Whale Foundation. To learn more, call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.

First and Third Sundays
Haleakala National Park Service Trip
Through Volunteering on Vacation, a free program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation, help pull invasive weeds at Haleakala National Park. 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free transportation and park admission provided. Get a free Volunteering on Vacation tote bag for your efforts! Call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 for reservations.

Every Monday
Hoaloha 'aina
Through Volunteering on Vacation, a free program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation, help maintain a new South Maui ocean-side trail, pick up litter and remove invasive species. 7:30-9:30 a.m. Get a free Volunteering on Vacation tote bag for your efforts! Call 808) 249-8811 ext. 1for reservations.

Every Wednesday
O¹o Farm
Through Volunteering on Vacation, a free program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation, work on an organic farm in upcountry Maui. 8:45-11:30 a.m. Call 808) 249-8811 ext. 1 for reservations.

Every Friday
Maui Coastal Land Trust Service Project
Through Volunteering on Vacation, a free program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation, help save unique ecosystems at Maui Coastal Land Trust in Waihee. Weed out invasive plants or help with other tasks. 7:45 a.m.-noon. Get a free Volunteering on Vacation tote bag for your efforts! Call 808) 249-8811 ext. 1 for reservations.

Every Saturday
Honokowai Valley Restoration Project
Through Volunteering on Vacation, a free program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation. Help save archeological sites of old Hawai¹i, pull invasive plants and possibly plant native species. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Get a free Volunteering on Vacation tote bag for your efforts! Call 808) 249-8811 ext. 1 for reservations.

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Beach Clean-ups
Through Volunteering on Vacation, a free program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation, take part in a cleanup of your favorite beach and monitor marine debris along Maui¹s shorelines! Get a free Volunteering on Vacation tote bag for your efforts! Call 808) 249-8811 ext. 1