Posted on: September 2, 2010

September Events at Pacific Whale Foundation

"Happily we bask in the warm September sun, which illuminates all creatures," wrote Henry David Thoreau. For those who are Maui residents or visitors during the month of September, Pacific Whale Foundation offers many ways to get to know the ocean environment and the creatures that inhabit it. Pacific Whale Foundation's September events calendar includes moonlight tidepool explorations, stargazing cruises, an onsite Coral Reef Naturalist program at Ulua Beach, plus our Volunteering on Vacation program, which teams visitors with outdoor projects that help to protect Maui's environment.

In honor of "back to school" season, Pacific Whale Foundation invites Maui educators to attend "Skills to Scales,"  an interactive workshop that offers the opportunity to sample hands-on marine science activities, on Saturday, September 25, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The workshop takes place at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center classrooms at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops. The cost is $10. All Maui educators, including teachers, youth group coordinators and administrators, from preschool through grade 12, are invited to attend.

The workshop will focus on interactive marine science/enrichment opportunities that model critical thinking within marine science content. Participants will get the latest details about Pacific Whale Foundation's marine science/enrichment opportunities and can sign up early for the keiki whalewatches and other Pacific Whale Foundation programs offered this school year.

Educators who attend will also be entered into a free drawing for a marine ecotour for two, and can also pick up free teacher resource materials and enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast. To learn more and to register, please contact Erica Gorman, Youth Education Manager, at 856-8317 or at erica@pacificwhale.org.

For information on all other Pacific Whale Foundation events, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.

September 1, 8, and 15, 2010
SeaWees
A weekly program of ed-venture for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers.  Wednesdays, 9:00-10:00a.m. at the Ocean Discovery Center in Ma’alaea, unless otherwise noted.  Current theme is Water, Waves, and Wind. Cost: $10 per session.  For reservations, call (808)-249-8811 ext 1 or visit www.pacificwhale.org and click on “education & research” and “discovery center.”

September 8, 2010
Stargazing Cruise
Professional astronomer Harriet Witt will be sharing knowledge of the stars above. The stargazing cruise on the open ocean includes hot/cold appetizers, soda and juices, and up to three alcoholic beverages 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."

September 16, 2010
Making Waves Lecture Series
Pacific Whale Foundation’s Making Waves Lecture Series will be showing, "Tapped" which examines the bottled water industry. 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.

September 23, 2010
Full Moon Cruise
Professional astronomer Harriet Witt will share knowledge of the moon above.  Under the full moon enjoy hot/cold appetizers, soda and juices, and up to three alcoholic beverages for adults with valid i.d. while learning facts about our moon. For reservations, call (808)-249-8811 ext 1 or visit www.pacificwhale.org and click on "ecotours" and "evening cruises."

September 17 and 18, 2010
Moonlight Tidepool Exploration
Starting at 7pm at a South Maui tide pool explore the many creatures with marine educators. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. Refreshments will be provided.  Reservations required.  $10 per adult, $5 per child.  For reservations, call (808)-249-8811 ext 1.

Every Friday
Island Rhythms Cruise
Enjoy the sunset with music from island sensation Marty Dread.  The cruise includes hot/cold appetizers plus juices and sodas, and up to three alcoholic beverages for adults with valid i.d. Departing at 5:00pm returning 7:00 pm from Ma’alaea Harbor.  For reservations, call (808)-249-8811 ext 1 or visit www.pacificwhale.org and click on "ecotours" and "evening cruises."

Every Sunday-Thursday
Onsite Coral Reef Naturalist Program
At Wailea’s Ulua Beach from 9am to 12pm, learn names of fish you’ve seen while snorkeling and how to protect Maui’s reefs at Pacific Whale Foundation’s free Coral Reef Information Station.  Sponsored by Hawaii Tourism Authority. For info, call 249-8811 ext. 1.

Every second and fourth Saturday
Ho'okipa Restoration Project
Volunteering on Vacation joins Friends of Ho'okipa to remove invasive plant species and plant native species. 8:00-11:00a.m. at the Ho'okipa Beach Park overlook. Wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, bring water, snacks and sun protection. Get a free Volunteering on Vacation tote bag for your efforts! Call 249-8811 ext. 1 for reservations.

Every first and third Sunday
Haleakala National Park Service Trip
Volunteering on Vacation program offers this free program which helps pull invasive weeds at Haleakala National Park. 7:30a.m.-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
The Volunteering on Vacation program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation helps maintain a new South Maui ocean-side trail by picking up litter and removing invasive species. 7:30am-9:30 a.m. Get a free Volunteering on Vacation tote bag for your efforts! Call (808)-249-8811 ext. 1 for reservations.

Every Wednesday
O’o Farm Service Trip
Volunteering on Vacation, a free program, works on an organic farm in upcountry Maui helping with everyday farm chores. 8:45a.m. -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, which helps save unique ecosystems at Maui Coastal Land Trust in Waihee by weeding out invasive plants and/or helping with other tasks. 7:45a.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
Volunteering on Vacation, a free program, helps save archeological sites of old Hawai’i, 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.

Daily
Beach Clean-up
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 Maui’s shorelines! Get a free Volunteering on Vacation tote bag for your efforts! Call (808)-249-8811 ext. 1.