Posted on: January 15, 2014

2014 Benefit Dinner Cruise with Whale Researcher Greg Kaufman

 A delicious four-course dinner at sea, a beautiful sunset and fascinating stories about whales and whale research from one of the world's leading experts on humpback whales are all part of the allure of our first annual Benefit Dinner Cruise on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Tickets are now on sale!
During this cruise, you'll travel with pioneer whale researcher, "save the whales" activist and four-time author Greg Kaufman, the founder and Executive Director of Pacific Whale Foundation. The two-hour dinner cruise will depart from Lahaina Harbor at 5:30 pm and will feature appetizers,drinks and cocktails, a chef-prepared freshly grilled dinner, desserts and coffee for all guests. 
The evening will include engaging discussions by Kaufman about humpback whales of Hawaii, Ecuador, Australia and other parts of the world. Kaufman will be presenting on the microphone and off, offering insights from his four decades of work with whales, including his recent travels to Oman, Brazil and other parts of the world to promote sustainable, responsible whalewatching.  He'll also be available for one-on-one conversations to answer guests' questions and address specific areas of interest about whales, whale research and the International Whaling Commission. 
"We'll keep an eye out for whales during this cruise, and we'll stop to watch any that we encounter," says John Gaskins, Customer Care General Manager at Pacific Whale Foundation. "Bring your camera for the incredible sunset views of the West Maui Mountains and neighbor islands during this beautiful time of day."
The four course chef-prepared dinner includes will be served table-side by professional servers. It features locally grown vegetables, fruits and herbs from local Hawaii farms, as well as sustainable shrimp from Kauai. 
The evening begins with cocktails and tropical well drinks, chilled chardonnay, cabernet, iced-blended cocktails and ice-cold locally brewed beer from Maui Brewing Co. Appetizers include baked spinach and artichoke dip served with fresh-baked foccacia bread. 
The salad course features a fresh salad of farm-fresh organic salad greens and fresh vegetables from Upcountry Maui, served with a creamy mango lillikoi dressing. 
The entrees are grilled fresh onboard and served hot to your table. Choose from: Lemon-Grass and Curry Marinated Fresh Kauai Shrimp with Lilikoi Butter Sauce; Grilled Teriyaki Marinated Boneless Chicken Breast  with Big Island Papaya Salsa; Chimichurri Marinated Flat Iron Steak with Wild Mushroom Demi Glaze; and Char-Grilled Honey-Miso Glazed Tofu with Big Island Papaya Salsa. 
Each entree is served with Coconut Whipped Molokai Purple Sweet Potatoes with Butter and Char-Grilled Vegetables with Macadamia Nut Pesto.
To top off a most pleasant evening, enjoy Triple Chocolate Brownies accompanied by fresh Kula strawberries for dessert, along with tea and Maui-grown coffee. 
Because all guests are guaranteed outdoor seating on the upper deck and bow of a smooth-riding double-deck catamaran, seats are extremely limited for this special benefit cruise.
All profits will be directed to support Pacific Whale Foundation’s research, education and conservation efforts. Each guest will receive a 5 x 7 photo of a double breach autographed by Greg.