Posted on: June 18, 2014

July Events Featuring Fireworks, Making Waves and Summer Ocean Camp

Things are heating up in July at Pacific Whale Foundation with our popular July 4th Fireworks Cruises, a new installment in the Making Waves Lecture Series, and the final weeks of Summer Ocean Camp. Read on for more information about these and other exciting events. 
Monday-Friday, June 30 - July 25 (except July 4) from 8:00am - 4:00pm
Ocean Camp 
Pacific Whale Foundation offers a summer of fun and adventure through its Ocean Camp for kids ages 5-12. We look forward to engaging your child in an enriching program that will expand their knowledge about the ocean -- all while having fun and making new friends! The weekly sessions take place Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 8:00am - 4:00 pm through July 25. It meets at Pacific Whale Foundation’s air-conditioned Discovery Center in Ma’alaea, and is staffed by friendly, enthusiastic professionals with years of teaching experience. We’re especially proud of our 1:10 teacher to camper ratio. Ocean Camp features a different theme each week and includes many field trips and adventures, including surfing and windsurfing lessons, tidepool explorations, snorkel cruises and beach visits. The program also offers games, art, hands-on science exploration and more. Children can be enrolled for individual or multiple days. There’s also an optional lunch service featuring all-natural ingredients, organic snacks and 100% fruit juice. To register or for more information, visit our Ocean Camp website or call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 from 6 am to 9 pm.
July 4, 6:00pm, 6:30pm (non-alcohol option), 6:45pm and 7:00pm
July 4th Fireworks Cruise
Avoid the hassles of parking and scrambling for a decent view along the waterfront this 4th of July. Instead hop aboard one of our double-decker catamarans and get the best fireworks seats possible! With a fully stocked bar, festive music, excellent crew, good food and great views, you are sure to remember this 4th of July celebration. This cruise includes all-American favorite appetizers, Hawaiian barbecue-glazed ribs, marinated chicken breast, grilled vegetable medley, Mediterranean pasta salad, potato-macaroni salad, rolls, sliced watermelon and triple chocolate brownies. The cruise also includes all you can drink juices, sodas and filtered water -- plus each adult 21+ (must have valid picture i.d.) gets three cocktails of their choice of beer, wine, and tropical well drinks including our famous Mai Tais. Trips depart from Ma’alaea Harbor at 6:00pm, 6:45pm and 7:00pm and from Lahaina Harbor at 7:00pm. We also offer a non-alcohol cruise departing from Ma’alaea Harbor at 6:30pm. Be sure to book early as these popular cruises sell out in advance every year! Call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or book online at and save 10%. Members save 20%.
Thursday, July 24 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Making Waves Lecture Series: Responding to Tsunami Marine Debris
Pacific Whale Foundation's Making Waves Lecture Series provides a public forum to discuss and explore current issues in marine conservation and research. On Thursday July 24, join us for an informative presentation by Sonia Gorgula from Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources who will report on a protocol for responding to Japan’s tsunami marine debris, based on data collected from Hawaii. She will also lead a discussion on aquatic invasive species risks and surveys planned by the DLNR for the summer. Admission is free and reservations are not required. The presentation will take place at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center, located on the lower level of the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops, adjacent to Maui Ocean Center. For more information on Making Waves, contact Pacific Whale Foundation’s Conservation Department at (808) 856-8304 or visit for the latest details.
Fridays, July 11, 18, 25 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise 
Get onboard for lots of fun, food and dancing on our Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise with local reggae star Marty Dread. Offered Friday nights from Ma'alaea Harbor, this music-filled adventure includes delicious appetizers, perfectly mixed Mai Tais and other drinks, plus a stunning sunset backdrop as you party on the bow of the boat. Call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or book online at and save 10%. Members save 20%.
Monday, July 7 and July 21 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
Moonlight Tidepool Exploration
Brittle stars, urchins, octopi, oh my! Come meet some of the fascinating creatures that roam South Maui’s tidepools at night during our Moonlight Tidepool Exploration. This discovery event is recommended for people ages 6 and over and costs only $7 per child and $15 per adult. Refreshments will be provided. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. The event is co-sponsored by Mana Kai Maui Resort. Call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or book online at and save 10%. 
Sunday, July 13 from 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Full Moon Cruise
What could be more romantic and fun than cruising on the vast Pacific Ocean under a brilliant full moon? This Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventure departs from Lahaina Harbor and is narrated by Harriet Witt, an international award-winning astronomy writer and speaker known for her entertaining and informative commentary on all things lunar. The cruise includes beverages, appetizers, desserts and a free full-color marine life poster. Call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or book online at and save 10%. Members save 20%.
Sunday, July 27 from 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Stargazing Cruise
Experience the enchantment of Maui's velvet night sky on this stargazing cruise with Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventures. Here in Hawaii, the most remote island chain in the world, you'll experience brilliant stars from an optimal vantage point. Your special guest narrator is Harriet Witt, an international award-winning writer and speaker on astronomy. The cruise includes beverages, appetizers, desserts and a free full-color marine life poster. Call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or book online at and save 10%. Members save 20%.
Daily (except Wednesdays and Sundays) from 8:00am - 11:00am
Coral Reef Information Station at Ulua Beach
Free and open to all, Pacific Whale Foundation's 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. For information, call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 between 6am and 9pm daily.
Volunteering on Vacation is a free program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation that 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-trails and scenic locales where you can learn about the history and natural ecosystem of each area. 
Haleakala National Park - First and Third Saturdays 
Malama Honokowai - Every Saturday
Hoaloha 'aina (South Maui) - Every Monday
O'o Farm (Waipoli, Kula) - Every Wednesday 
Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (Waihee Coastal Dunes) - Every Friday
Beach Clean-up with Pacific Whale Foundation - Daily on your own schedule
Get a free totebag for volunteering 3 hours or more. Visit to learn more. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 at least 24 hours in advance to sign up for your volunteer adventure.