Posted on: May 8, 2012

Pacific Whale Foundation Announces May Events

May brings the final sweet weeks of whalewatch season on Maui. Pacific Whale Foundation continues to see whales and guarantees their sightings on daily whalewatch cruises through May 15, when the season wraps up with the Aloha to the Whales cruise. Other highlights this month include a night of learning about Hawaii’s critically endangered monk seals on May 17 and the first day of the summer session of Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Camp on May 29.  Scroll down to read more or call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 for details. 

 
May 15, 2012
Aloha to the Whales
Bid aloha and safe travels to the humpback whales that are migrating back to Alaska for the summer on this special cruise to commemorate the official end of "whalewatch season" on Maui. This special cruise is also the final event of the 2011- 2012 Maui Whale Festival. Enjoy special commentary for the occasion by Pacific Whale Foundation staff and expert interpretation of the behaviors of whales that are encountered. Whale sightings are guaranteed, or you will receive a free ticket to go whalewatching next season. This two-hour cruise departs from Lahaina Harbor at 2:30 pm.  $24.95 for adults, $17 for children ages 7 to 12. Children ages 6 and under go free, one free child per paying adult. Book online at www.pacificwhale.org and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. Reservations required. For information, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1
 
Thursday, May 17
Pacific Whale Foundation's Making Waves Lecture Series:
Plight of the Hawaiian Monk Seal
A free presentation by Hannah Bernard,  Hawaii Wildlife Fund; Nicole Davis, NOAA Monk Seal Response Team; and Pat Wardell, Monk Seal Foundation explores the latest news about Hawaii’s critically endangered monk seals. Free and open to all. 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Discovery Center, located on the lower level of the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops. For information, call 808.249.8811 ext. 1.  
 
Mondays through Fridays (May 29 – July 27)
Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Camp Summer Session
Kids in grades K - 5 enjoy discovery, fun, adventure and learning about the ocean at the summer sessions of Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Camp. Enrollment is by individual days, so this is a perfect option for visiting families; the kids will have a great day, while Mom and Dad can enjoy some free time. This popular day camp features curriculum developed by the experienced marine educators and scientists at Pacific Whale Foundation. Campers experience a variety of field trips and activities such as surf/windsurf lessons, tidepool explorations, beach fun, snorkel cruises to Molokini, hands-on science experiments, sports and games, art, Maui Ocean Center visit and much more. The 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 summer camp experience. The camp features a 1:10 teacher to camper ratio. Camp hours are from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Pacific Whale Foundation Members and kama'aina enjoy savings on all of the camp programs. Register by May 15 and save! For more information about camp and to enroll, please visit www.mauioceancamp.org or call Pacific Whale Foundation at (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; get free applications of reef safe sunscreen, too! 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 enjoying themselves. It's great 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.
 
Mondays
Stargazing Cruises
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 --- a tropical evening on the beautiful 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 and informative commentary on the stars. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Sky & Telescope, and Spirit of Aloha. Offered every Monday, from 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.
 
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 or to sign up call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. Learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation’s Volunteering on Vacation program at www.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 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 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. 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! From the U.S. Mainland, please call 1-800-942-5311, or call (808)-249-8811 ext. 1. Learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation’s Volunteering on Vacation program at www.volunteersonvacation.org.
 
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 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. Bring water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen and bug repellant and wear closed-toe shoes, pants and a t-shirt. Meet at 9 a.m. 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. Be sure to call (808) 249-8811 in advance to sign up. Learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation’s Volunteering on Vacation program at www.volunteersonvacation.org.
 
First and Third Saturdays 
Volunteering on Vacation: 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 with Pacific Whale Foundation’s Voluntering on Vacation program. Join a group of volunteers to pull invasive pine trees and enjoy a picnic lunch afterwards at Hosmer Grove. 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. Warm clothes, long pants and closed-toed shoes are required. Bring water and lunch. Participants get to experience the park for free. Transportation is provided.  Participants can meet in front of the Pacific Whale Foundation 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 www.volunteersonvacation.org.
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