Posted on: September 27, 2010

Pacific Whale Foundation Announces October Events

October is the first full month of autumn and the time when the first whales of the season are often sighted off Maui's coast. Pacific Whale Foundation offers a range of special events for Maui visitors and residents during October, including a Fall Break Ocean Discovery Camp, Stargazing and Full Moon Cruises, Moonlight Tidepool Explorations, and a special Halloween Cruise. To learn more, check out the event listings below or visit the Events Calendar at www.pacificwhale.org.

Weekly, Friday Evenings
Pacific Whale Foundation's Island Rhythms Sunset Cruise
Dancing to popular reggae tunes on a beautiful catamaran while you enjoy a sunset over the Pacific  -- now that’s fun! This Pacific Whale Foundation cruise is offered every Friday from Ma’alaea Harbor and features local reggae sensation Marty Dread who acts as dj, vocalist and master of ceremonies. He gets everyone up dancing! Marty has released numerous solo and group albums, been nominated for Na Hoku Hanohano awards, and performed around the world. For reservations, call (808) 249-8811 ext 1 or visit www.pacificwhale.org and click on "ecotours" and "evening cruises."

Weekly, Wednesdays
Seawees
A weekly program of ed-venture for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers. Lead by experienced early childhood educators in Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center in Ma'alaea.  Meets Wednesdays from 9:00-10:00 at the Ocean Discovery Center in Ma‚alaea.  For information call (808)-249-8811 ext. 1.


Monday, October 4 - Friday, October 8
Fall Break Ocean Discovery Camp
Kids entering grades K-5 can join Pacific Whale Foundation's expert marine education team for a fun-filled fall vacation day camp. Campers enjoy a variety of activities supporting daily themes, including field trips, ocean sports, arts and crafts, games, hands-on science demos and labs, guest speakers and more.

The camp themes and field trips are:
Monday: “Magnificent Marine Mammals” -- includes a visit to Maui Ocean Center.
Tuesday: “Terrific Sea Turtles” -- includes a surfing lesson.
Wednesday: “Wacky and Incredible Invertebrates” --  includes beach fun.
Thursday: “Terrific Tidepool Ecology”  -- includes a tidepool exploration.
Friday:  “Fabulous Fish Tales” -- includes a snorkel trip to Molokini.

With a staff to camper ratio of 1:10, kids receive quality guidance with all projects, field trips and activities. Mondays-Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Late pick-up is available with advance registration. $67 per day ($56 per day for Pacific Whale Foundation members). For more information or to register, visit www.mauioceancamp.org or call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.


Thursday, October 7, 2010
Stargazing Cruise
Join Pacific Whale Foundation for a celestial stargazing cruise featuring professional astronomer Harriet Witt, an international award winning astronomy writer and speaker whose writing has been featured Sky & Telescope and Spirit of Aloha. She has been giving colorful and informative presentations on astronomy in Hawaii since 1990. Cruise beneath a beautiful nighttime sky, and learn about the stars. Includes hot and cold appetizers, unlimited soda and juices, and up to three alcoholic beverages (Maui Brewing Co. beer, wine, Mai Tais and tropical well drinks) 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."

 
Friday, October 22, 2010
Full Moon Cruise
A full moon at sea... expert narration by professional astronomer Harriet Witt...great hot and cold pupu (appetizers) and chilled drinks...all ingredients for a truly magical evening! Harriett Witt is an international award winning astronomy writer and speaker. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Sky & Telescope and Spirit of Aloha. She has been giving colorful and informative presentations on astronomy in Hawaii since 1990. Ticket includes unlimited soda and juices, plus up to three alcoholic beverages (Maui Brewing Co. beer, wine, Mai Tais and tropical well drinks) for adults with valid i.d. From Lahaina Harbor, 8:00 to 10:00 pm.  For reservations, call (808) 249-8811 ext 1 or visit www.pacificwhale.org and click on "ecotours" and "evening cruises."

 
Friday, October 15
Saturday, October 16
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 our Moonlight Tidepool Explorations. 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. 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. Advance reservations required. Co-sponsored by Mana Kai Maui Resort. For reservations, call (808) 249-8811 ext 1 or visit www.pacificwhale.org and click on "ecotours.”

October 21, 2010
Making Waves Lecture Series
Nicole Davis: Hawaii's Monk Seals
The Hawaiian Monk Seal is one of the most intriguing and unfortunately, one of the most endangered, marine mammals on the planet. Learn about Hawaii's monk seals at a free talk by Nicole Davis, NOAA PIRO Maui Marine Mammal Response (MMMRP) Coordinator, offered as part of Pacific Whale Foundation’s Making Waves Lecture Series. 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.
 
October 31, 2010:
Halloween Cruise to Lahaina
Maui visitors and residents are invited to enjoy a "Spook-tacular Evening at Sea" on a Halloween night cruise with Pacific Whale Foundation. The cruise departs from Maalaea Harbor and includes a two-hour stop in Lahaina so guests can explore and explore the town, before returning to Maalaea.
Guests can enjoy a wickedly good array of hot and cold appetizers, plus refreshments from the galley bar, including Mai Tais, Blue Hawaiians, tropical mixed drinks, beer and wine, plus soda and juices. Coffee and desserts will also be served. The cruise departure time is 6:30 p.m. from Ma'alaea. For reservations, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 extension 1, or visit or visit www.pacificwhale.org and click on "ecotours" and "holiday cruises."
 
 
Sundays through Thursdays
Onsite Coral Reef Naturalist Program
New to snorkeling? The experienced naturalist at this free information station helps you learn the names of the fish you’ll see at the nearshore reef at Ulua Beach, and will offer tips for reef-friendly snorkeling techniques. 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at Wailea’s Ulua Beach. Offered by Pacific Whale Foundation with support from an award by Hawaii Tourism Authority. For info, call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.

Maui’s Volunteering on Vacation Program
"Voluntourism" has become a worldwide travel trend, as travelers seek ways to "give back" to places they treasure. Now it’s easy to experience the satisfaction and fun of "voluntourism" on Maui. Through Pacific Whale Foundation’s Volunteering on Vacation, you can help out for a few hours on behalf of Maui's environment. It's free, and it lets you experience aspects of Maui that are often missed by travelers. Many of the programs protect sites that have cultural and historical significance, so participants learn about Hawaiian culture and Maui's unique plants and wildlife. Participate for three hours and get a free tote bag! Call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or visit www.pacificwhale.org.

First and Third Sundays
Haleakala National Park Service Trip
Through Volunteering on Vacation, a free program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation, help pull invasive weeds at Haleakala National Park. 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free transportation and park admission provided. Get a free Volunteering on Vacation tote bag for your efforts! Call 249-8811 ext. 1 for reservations.
 
Every Monday
Hoaloha 'aina
Through Volunteering on Vacation, a free program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation, help maintain a new South Maui ocean-side trail, pick up litter and remove invasive species. 7:30-9:30 a.m. Get a free Volunteering on Vacation tote bag for your efforts! Call 249-8811 ext. 1 for reservations.
 
Every Wednesday
O’o Farm
Through Volunteering on Vacation, a free program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation, work on an organic farm in upcountry Maui. 8:45-11:30 a.m. Call 249-8811 ext. 1 for reservations.
 
Every Friday
Maui Coastal Land Trust Service Project
Through Volunteering on Vacation, a free program offered by Pacific Whale
Foundation, help save unique ecosystems at Maui Coastal Land Trust in Waihee. Weed out invasive plants or help with other tasks. 7:45 a.m.-noon. Get a free Volunteering on Vacation tote bag for your efforts! Call 249-8811 ext. 1 for reservations.
 
Every Saturday
Honokowai Valley Restoration Project
Through Volunteering on Vacation, a free program offered by Pacific Whale
Foundation. Help 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 249-8811 ext. 1 for reservations.
 
Daily: Beach Clean-ups
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 249-8811 ext. 1.