Posted on: September 28, 2012

Pacific Whale Foundation Announces October Events

The month of October begins at Pacific Whale Foundation with the fall session of Ocean Camp for kids in grades K - 5  based on the theme of "Fabulous Fish of Hawai'i," taking place from October 1 through 5. Preschoolers have their own ocean-themed educational program, too, through Pacific Whale Foundation's weekly Wednesday morning SeaWees program. Adults have options galore for fun and relaxation, including the Friday night Island Rhythm Sunset Cruises, Monday night Stargazing Cruises and Halloween Sunset Cocktail Cruises to Lahaina. To learn more about any of these events, please visit Pacific Whale Foundation at www.pacificwhale.org or call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 

 
October 1 - 5, 2012
Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Camp: Fall Session
For children in grades K - 5. Kids who are visiting Maui are certainly welcome to attend! You can sign up for individual days or the entire session. This fall session will be based on the theme "Fabulous Fish of Hawai'i." Children will visit Maui Ocean Center and learn about fish feeding guilds; snorkel at Ulua Beach on a reef tour with a certified lifeguard and observe defenses and adaptations like mimicry, countershading and false eye spots; enjoy a surf lesson; visit Iao Valley to check out freshwater fish and enjoy a snorkel cruise to Molokini Crater.
 
This popular day 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. Camp hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information about camp, rates and to enroll, please visit www.pacificwhale.org or call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
Friday, October 12, 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.
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Halloween Cruises 
Enjoy a relaxing round trip sunset/starlight trip between Ma’alaea and Lahaina with cocktails and wickedly good appetizers – and a two hour stopover to enjoy Lahaina’s Halloween festivities. (You'll disembark at Lahaina Harbor near the heart of all the fun.)  Enjoy two hours of Halloween good times before you reboard for your return cruise to Ma'alaea. Under the starlit sky, you'll be served fresh-baked dessert treats and hot locally grown coffee...a perfect way to wind down your Halloween evening. Parking for this cruise is in centrally located Ma'alaea, where there's abundant, well-lit free parking. Best of all, you'll skip the "scary" traffic on the road to Lahaina and the "ghoulish" parking hassles. Book online in advance at www.pacificwhale.org and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. For personalized assistance, please call 1-800-942-5311 or 808-249-8811 ext. 1. Reserve early as this cruise fills up quickly!
 
Please note that Pacific Whale Foundation offers a second lower-priced Halloween cruise option offering "express" service to the Halloween festivities without the frills and food. Please call for details or visit www.pacificwhale.org.  
 
Wednesdays
SeaWees: Ocean Edventure for Preschoolers
Now in its 8th year, SeaWees is a program for children ages 3-5. 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. From September 26 to October 24, SeaWees will be exploring the "Sandy Seashore."  The children will explore the properties of sandy shore environments and the animals who make their home in this habitat -- from tiny invertebrates to hunting shore birds. Please note the special class time for our field day on October 24: meet at 8:30 am at the boardwalk at Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge. There is no class on October 31, due to Halloween.  Each child must be accompanied to SeaWees by his or her parent or caregiver. Unless otherwise noted, all of the SeaWees classes meet on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 to 10:00 am at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops unless otherwise noted. The cost of a 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.  For information and 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.
 
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. 
 
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 --- 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 an 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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Saturday, October 6 and Saturday, October 20, 2012
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 Volunteering on Vacation program. Join a group of volunteers to pull invasive pine trees and enjoy a picnic lunch afterwards at Hosmer Grove through 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 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, located in Pukalani. Reservations required. Please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
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