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Posted on: December 12, 2011
"Stand Up For The Whales" Rescheduled Due to Inclement Weather
Due to the inclement weather conditions on Sunday, December 11, Stand Up For the Whales has been rescheduled to Sunday, December 18. Stand Up For the Whales is a Maui Whale Festival event for paddlers, including kayakers and stand-up paddlers, sponsored by Pacific Whale Foundation.
Participants can sign up now to enjoy a 3.2 mile group paddle along the beautiful South Maui coast, starting at Haycraft Park in Ma’alaea at 8 am and ending at Kenolio Park in Kihei.
Paying participants will receive a free Pacific Whale Foundation rash guard and medallion, and will be entered in prize drawings and giveaways. The entry fee is $50 for adults; $42 for Pacific Whale Foundation Members. Youth (ages 12 – 15) are $40. Children under age 12 are free, but must be accompanied by a legal guardian (and will not receive the free rash guard.) Parent waiver is required for participants age 13 – 18.
“We invite the public to join in the fun and adventure of this recreational event and learn about Pacific Whale Foundation’s ‘Be Whale Aware’ educational program for paddlers and ocean users,” says Vivilakis. “Each participant will receive one of our new waterproof stickers for their kayak or paddle board, with an eye-catching reminder message about the state and federal 100 yard law for approaches to humpback whales by all boaters, including paddlers. We want to be sure everyone understands that all vessels may not approach whales within 100 yards.”
Those wishing to participate are asked to note that the course is not timed. Only non-motorized craft may enter. No swimmers, please. A return shuttle to Ma’alaea will be provided. To sign up, call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or visit www.pacificwhale.org.
Pacific Whale Foundation will also be hosting its 2nd Annual Golf Fore the Whales on Saturday, December 17. at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort’s North Course. The tournament opens with a shotgun start at 12 noon, with a 4 person scramble. The tournament is open to all individuals or teams of four. The event includes contests, prizes, a silent auction and a pupu reception with live entertainment at Makena’s Golf Course’s Café on the Green from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The hole in one contests offer the opportunity to win a brand new Prius hybrid, premium golf equipment, premium electronics equipment and a men’s or women’s Seiko watch.
“This is our second annual golf tournament,” says Vivilakis. “The participants last year had a fantastic time, and enjoyed the relaxed, fun atmosphere of this event.”
The tournament fee is $150 for Pacific Whale Foundation Members and $160 for non-members. Register by December 9 and the fee is just $100 for Members and $130 for the general public. To sign up, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or toll-free 1-800-WHALE-1-1 ext. 1.
The Maui Whale Festival, which spans the weeks between November 26 and May 15 also features a fun run, free lectures, a citizens’ count of whales, “World Whale Day” (formerly Whale Day) and dozens of other special cruises and events.
"We want to raise awareness of the whales that come to Maui to mate, give birth and care for their calves,” says Vivilakis. “The Maui Whale Festival coincides with ‘whalewatch’ season on Maui, and celebrates the fact that Maui is the place of new beginnings for the next generation of whales.”
"Our goal is to inspire the public to help protect the whales and the vital, unique whale habitat encompassed by the four islands of Maui County," says Vivilakis.
For information about any of the Welcome Home the Whales events, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org.
Pacific Whale Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1980, dedicated to protecting whales through science and advocacy. Pacific Whale Foundation offers whalewatch cruises and other ocean ecotours to educate the public about whales and raise funds for marine research, education and conservation programs. To learn more, visitwww.pacificwhale.org.