Posted on: October 4, 2013

November 2013 Events at Pacific Whale Foundation Include New Early Season Whalewatches

November is the official start of whalewatch season at Pacific Whale Foundation. This year, Pacific Whale Foundation will be replacing its traditional "Whale Search" cruises with early season whalewatch cruises with guaranteed sightings starting November 4. If whales are not located during the cruise, the guests will receive a coupon to go again free. Read on to learn more.
Monday, November 4, 2013
New! Early Season Whalewatch Cruises Begin at Pacific Whale Foundation
with Guaranteed Sightings 
Based on data from Pacific Whale Foundation's vessels in 2012, Pacific Whale Foundation will be offering Early Season Whalewatches starting November 4, 2013. These new cruises give  guests the added perk of guaranteed sightings: Guests  receive a "Just a Fluke" coupon to go again FREE if whales are not sighted during their cruise. The Just a Fluke coupon may be used at the guest's convenience, anytime within the next 12 months. During November, all of Pacific Whale Foundation's whalewatches are offered at $24.95 for adults, $17.95 for children ages 7 to 12 and free for children ages 6 and under, one free child per paying adult. For reservations, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
Monday, November 4, 2013
Stargazing Cruise
Experience the enchantment of Maui's velvet night sky on this stargazing cruise timed to coincide with the best stargazing conditions (the "new moon" or "dark of the moon" when the maximum number of stars and planets are usually visible). Led by Harriet Witt, an international award-winning astronomy writer and speaker known for her entertaining and informative commentary on the stars. Includes appetizers, drinks and soft drinks. From Lahaina Harbor. Book online today and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%.
SeaWees: Ocean Discovery for Preschoolers
SeaWees is a program for children ages 3-5 that has been offered through Pacific Whale Foundation since 2004. The SeaWees program features developmentally appropriate early-childhood practice including music/movement, demonstrations and guided exploration delivered in a child-centered environment. Each child is accompanied to SeaWees by his or her parent or caregiver. SeaWees sessions consists of three classroom sessions and one “SEAfari” field adventure organized around a marine science theme. SeaWees classes meet on Wednesday mornings from 9:00-10:00 am at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops unless otherwise noted.
From October 30 to November 20, we'll be exploring the theme of "Slow, Faster, Fastest." We'll explore what is speed? Is it better to be fast or slow? When would you need speed on land and in the sea? Just a few questions we will explore through song, movement and rhythm the motions of the many animals living in the deep blue sea. We will learn the role of body shapes and body parts to reveal the secrets behind the speedy and the slow, the hiders and the seekers.
Our SeaWees schedule for this session is:
Wednesday October 30, 2013 - Moving for Speed on the Reef
Wednesday November 6, 2013 - Life Functions of Fast
Wednesday November 13, 2013 - Speed as a Last Resort
Wednesday November 20, 2013 - How Fast is Fast? - “SEAfari” to Ma’alaea Harbor
Our next SeaWees session begins on November and will be based on the theme, "Seaside Storybook Science.." It will continue until December 18 and includes a SEAfari field trip to explore tidepools.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Moonlight Tidepool Exploration
Meet fascinating creatures that roam Hawaii's tidepools at night during a Moonlight Tidepool Exploration with our education team. For people ages 6 and over. $15 per adult and $5 per child. Co-sponsored by Mana Kai Maui Resort. 6:30 pm.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Full Moon Cruise
What could be more romantic and fun than cruising on the vast Pacific Ocean under a brilliant full moon while enjoying delicious appetizers and desserts plus Mai Tais, beer, wine, mixed drinks and soft drinks? Narrated by Harriet Witt, an international award winning astronomy writer and speaker known for her entertaining and informative commentary. She'll share wisdom about the night sky and all things lunar. Two hour adventure, departs 8:00 pm from Lahaina Harbor.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise
For a unique Maui-style way to celebrate Thanksgiving, enjoy your holiday feast in a remarkable setting -- on the ocean off the coast of Maui -- on a relaxing Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise with Pacific Whale Foundation. With the possibility of guest appearances by wild dolphins or humpback whales, it's easy to use the word "magical" to describe the experience. All guests are guaranteed outdoor seating! The cruise includes live music and cocktails (wine, local microbrew beer, Mai Tais and other tropical mixed drinks, along with soda and juice). The dinner is prepared by our chefs, and features locally grown, natural and organic ingredients. It's a mix of traditional favorites, with some Hawaiian and island-style influences. The menu includes Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy, Island-Style Ham with Guava Jelly, Portuguese Sausage Stuffing (traditional Thanksgiving stuffing filled with Portuguese sausage), Whipped Garlic Potatoes (creamy russet potato mash with roasted garlic), Corn on the Cob (flavored with cream and butter), Upcountry Greens with Maui Onion Dressing, Grilled Island Vegetables (medley of fresh island vegetables cooked over hibachi grill), Fresh Baked Taro and Soft Rolls. Dessert of Pumpkin Haupia Squares (Hawaiian coconut dessert infused with pumpkin), Mini Pumpkin Pies and Double Chocolate Brownies. Adult guests with valid i.d. can enjoy up to three alcoholic beverages, including local Maui brewery beer, wine and Mai Tais. (All adults age 21 and over must have a valid picture i.d. to consume alcohol.) There's unlimited soda, filtered water and juice for everyone.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Welcome Home the Whales Celebration
Join Pacific Whale Foundation in honoring the return of the humpback whales to Maui on one of our annual "Welcome Home the Whales" Celebration Cruises. These two-hour whalewatches will be led by members of Pacific Whale Foundation's research team, who offer special insights about the whales and expert interpretations of the whales' behaviors. Whale sightings are guaranteed, or you get a free ticket for a whalewatch for any day you choose within one year. The trips depart from Ma'alaea Harbor and  Lahaina Harbor. Each party will also receive a free whale poster and color whalewatch guide to take home. The cruise will also include a free Jr. Naturalist Program for kids.
Island Rhythms Sunset Cruise with Marty Dread
Nothing says "Maui fun" like dancing in the open air on the bow of a boat at sea at sunset! Local island music and reggae star Marty Dread gets everyone dancing and having a great time. Includes appetizers, drinks (beer, wine, Mai Tais -- up to 3 per adult guest) and sodas/juices. Two-hour cruise departs 5:00 pm Fridays from Ma’alaea Harbor.
Daily (except Wednesdays and Sundays)
Coral Reef Information Station at Ulua Beach
Pacific Whale Foundation's free 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. Open 8 am to 11:30 am.  
Volunteering on Vacation
Free program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation 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-trail places on Maui where you can learn about the history and natural ecosystem of each area. Get a free totebag for volunteering for 3 hours or more. Signing up is easy: call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 between 6 am and 9 pm.
Saturdays November 2 and November 16, 2013
Volunteering on Vacation: Haleakala National Park
This free activity offers free transportation and admission to Haleakala National Park on a volunteering adventure led by a certified naturalist and professionally trained guide from Pacific Whale Foundation. You'll help remove invasive plants or help with other projects to protect the park's unique eco-system. Warm clothes, long pants and closed-toed shoes required. Bring water and lunch for a picnic. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at least 24 hours in advance to sign up at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
Every Saturday
Volunteering on Vacation: Malama Honokowai
Through Pacific Whale Foundation’s Volunteering on Vacation Program, volunteer with Malama Honokawai and visit the beautiful and hidden Honokawai Valley, an area closed to the public. Among Hawaiian archaeological sites, you’ll learn about Hawaiian history and culture as you help to remove invasive weed plants and possibly plant native species. The program runs from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Bring water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen and bug repellent and wear closed-toe shoes, pants and a t-shirt. Meet at 9:00 am in front of North Sugar Cane Train Station, Puukoli Road, Kaanapali. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at least 24 hours in advance to sign up at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
Volunteering on Vacation: O'o Farm
Join Pacific Whale Foundation's Volunteering on Vacation Program to work on an exquisite organic farm in Kula. O’o Farm is a unique and divergent multi-faceted operation in the misting forest of Waipoli (Kula, Maui). Meet at O'o Farms at 8:45 am on Wednesday mornings in Kula. The project work lasts from 8:45 am until 11:30 am and will include assorted farm chores. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a light jacket that you do not mind getting a little dirty, plus water and sunscreen. Gloves and gardening tools provided. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at least 24 hours in advance to sign up at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
Hawaiian Islands Land Trust Service Project
With Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, you'll visit Waihee Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge, a remarkable coastal area that's rich in Hawaiian history and bird watching, to remove invasive species and clear brush. Offered every Friday, 8:00 am to noon, and includes four hours of work. Meet at 8:00 am at the Waihee Refuge, located off of Halewaiu Road. Bring water and sunscreen, and wear closed-toe shoes, pants and hat (sun protection). Snacks and cold drinks provided. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at least 24 hours in advance to sign up at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
Every Monday:
Volunteering on Vacation: Hoaloha 'aina
Through Volunteering on Vacation, a free program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation, join South Maui Volunteers and group leaders Bob and Lis Richardson to help maintain an ocean-side trail, restore sand dunes, pick up litter and remove invasive species. 7:30 to 9:30 am. Bring water, snacks and sunscreen and wear solid, closed-toed shoes. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at least 24 hours in advance to sign up at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
Daily on your own schedule:
Beach Clean-ups with Pacific Whale Foundation
Get all the materials you need -- trash bags, gloves, etc. to clean up one of Maui's beaches. You'll help tally marine debris that's found and also help us watch for tsunami debris that may be arriving from Japan. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 to sign up.