Posted on: August 5, 2013

September Event Slate Includes International Coastal Clean-up

During September, preschoolers are invited to "Dive into the A-B-Seas" as part of Pacific Whale Foundation's SeaWees Program and adults are urged to help "Get the Drift and Bag It" as part of International Coastal Clean-up Day. Read on to learn about these and other events offered by Pacific Whale Foundation during the month of September.
 
Friday, September 6
Stargazing Cruise
Experience the enchantment of Maui's velvet night sky on this stargazing cruise timed to coincide with the best stargazing conditions (the "new moon" or "dark of the moon" when the maximum number of stars and planets are usually visible). Led by Harriet Witt, an international award-winning astronomy writer and speaker known for her entertaining and informative commentary on the stars. Includes appetizers, drinks and soft drinks. From Lahaina Harbor.
 
Saturday, September 21
International Coastal Cleanup Day.
As part of the International Coastal Clean-up Day, join Pacific Whale Foundation for a clean up of  litter (potential marine debris) around Ma'alaea Harbor. Meet at 9:00 am in front of Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store in Ma'alaea (next to Maui Ocean Center). Please bring a reusable water bottle and any clean-up supplies that you might have.  Clean-up continues until 11 am.  Light breakfast (breads and fresh island fruit) along with Maui Roasters Coffee will be provided to all participants by Porto Mediterranean Grill and Flame Fired Pizzeria. For information, please call (808) 856-8304.
 
Wednesdays
September 25 to October 23
SeaWees: Dive into the A, B, Seas
SeaWees is an educational program for children ages 3-5 and their parents/caregivers offered through Pacific Whale Foundation. It features developmentally appropriate early-childhood practice including music/movement, demonstrations and guided exploration delivered in a child-centered environment. 
 
During our session from September 25 to October 23, we'll use the alphabet as a framework for learning about the ocean. We'll explore concepts such as similar and different while observing and investigating the biodiversity of the ocean. Over the course of the session children will create their own A-B-Seas Book and will also enjoy a field trip to Maui Ocean Center. 
 
Please note that each child must be accompanied to SeaWees by a parent or caregiver. 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 4-week session is $60 for Pacific Whale Foundation Members, and $70 for non-members. A second child in the same family is 50% off. 
 
The four week session of "Dive into the A, B, Seas" includes the following: 
9/25- Alphabet Animals - Classroom Program
10/2- Diversity in Marine Life - Classroom Program
(Maui Schools- Fall Break - no class on 10/9)
10/16- Ocean Animals are Strange and Wonderful- - Classroom Program
10/23- Near and Far - - Classroom Program with “SEAfari” outing to the Maui Ocean Center
 
Saturday, September 28
Moonlight Tidepool Exploration
Meet fascinating creatures that roam Hawaii's tidepools at night during a Moonlight Tidepool Exploration with our education team. For people ages 6 and over. $10 per adult and $5 per child. Co-sponsored by Mana Kai Maui Resort. 6:30 pm.
 
Friday, September 20
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 and desserts plus Mai Tais, beer, wine, mixed drinks and soft drinks? 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. Two hour adventure, departs 8:00 pm from Lahaina Harbor.
 
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! Local island music and reggae star Marty Dread gets everyone dancing and having a great time. Includes appetizers, drinks (beer, wine, Mai Tais -- up to 3 per adult guest) and sodas/juices. Two-hour cruise departs 5:00 pm Fridays from Ma’alaea Harbor.
 
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 reference books. Open 8 am to 11:30 am.  
 
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 for 3 hours or more. Signing up is easy: call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 between 6 am and 9 pm.
 
Saturdays  September 9 and 21
Volunteering on Vacation: Haleakala National Park
This free activity offers 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. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at least 24 hours in advance to sign up at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
 
Every Saturday
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. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at least 24 hours in advance to sign up at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
 
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. 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. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at least 24 hours in advance to sign up at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
 
Fridays
Hawaiian Islands Land Trust Service Project
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. Offered every Friday, 8:00 am to noon, and includes four hours of work. Meet at 8:00 am at the Waihee Refuge, located off of Halewaiu Road. Bring water and sunscreen, and wear closed-toe shoes, pants and hat (sun protection). Snacks and cold drinks provided. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at least 24 hours in advance to sign up at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
 
Every Monday:
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. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at least 24 hours in advance to sign up at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
 
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. You'll help tally marine debris that's found and also help us watch for tsunami debris that may be arriving from Japan. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 to sign up.