Posted on: July 27, 2012

Pacific Whale Foundation Announces August Events

Some call it the dog days of summer, but at Pacific Whale Foundation, August brings "Wild Dolphin Days" held on the weekend of August 11 and 12. Pacific Whale Foundation's SeaWees program, featuring activities for preschoolers ages 3-5, is offered again on Wednesday mornings, after a summer hiatus, starting on August 22. Other events include Moonlight Tidepool Explorations, Stargazing Cruises and Island Rhythms Sunset Cruises (with local reggae recording artist Marty Dread) and opportunities to volunteer through Volunteering on Vacation.

Saturday, August 11
Wild Dolphin Sand Sculpture Contest
Try your hand at sculpting a dolphin from sand. Part of Wild Dolphin Days, an annual celebration of Maui's wild dolphins. Free and open to individuals, groups and families. Prizes will be awarded for the top sculptures. All participants will receive a free Wild Dolphin Guide and Wild Dolphin Poster. Some shovels and pails will be available, but bring your own if possible. 9 am to noon at the north end of Keawakapu Beach on the sand by by Sarento's Restaurant. Sponsored by Pacific Whale Foundation.
Saturday, August 11
Free Talk About Wild Dolphin Research
The public is invited to a free talk, including a slide and video presentation,about Maui County's wild dolphins, offered by Pacific Whale Foundation odontocete (dolphin and toothed whale) research team. 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center at the lower level of the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops complex. Part of Wild Dolphin Days, a celebration of Maui's wild dolphins. Sponsored by Pacific Whale Foundation.
Sunday, August 12
Wild Dolphin Photo Safari
Embark on a hands-on photography workshop at sea to learn about and practice the best techniques for photographing dolphins in the wild. The cruise takes place on Pacific Whale Foundation's raft Ocean Freedom, departing from Lahaina Harbor at 6:30 am and returning at 10:30 am. Led by wildlife photographer David Fleetham and PWF dolphin researcher Betsy Davidson. 
August 12 and August 13, 2012
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 a guided Moonlight Tidepool Exploration 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. 6:30 pm. Advance reservations required. Co-sponsored by Mana Kai Maui Resort. For reservations, call (808) 249-8811 ext 1.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Onsite Coral Reef Naturalist Program
Visit Pacific Whale Foundation’s free Coral Reef Information Station at Ulua Beach in Wailea to learn the names of the fish that you see while snorkeling. Ulua Beach is perfect for beginning snorkelers and this information station is a great place to learn about the reef and how you can protect it as you explore it. Free use of fish i.d. cards and reference books; get free applications of reef safe sunscreen, too! Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 am to 11:30 am. For information, call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
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! This fun-filled cruise is led by local island music and reggae star Marty Dread. His charisma and enthusiasm gets everyone dancing and enjoying themselves. It's great for all ages! The cruise includes an array of delicious hot and cold appetizers, plus Maui Brewing Co. beer, wine, Mai Tais and tropical well drinks (up to 3 per guest) as well as sodas, filtered water and juices. Offered by Pacific Whale Foundation, it departs at 5:00 pm on Friday evenings from Ma’alaea Harbor. Price is $59.95 for adults and $39.95 for children.
Stargazing Cruises
Because Hawaii is the most remote island chain in the world, stargazing here is some of the finest you'll find anywhere. Pacific Whale Foundation’s stargazing cruise introduces you to Maui's enchanting sky in a most spectacular setting --- a tropical evening on the beautiful Pacific Ocean off the coast of Lahaina. This Pacific Whale Foundation evening cruise is narrated by special guest Harriet Witt, an international award winning astronomy writer and speaker, known for her entertaining an informative commentary on the stars. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Sky & Telescope, and Spirit of Aloha. Offered every Monday, from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Appetizers, dessert treats and drinks are included, including up to 3 alcoholic beverages (local microbrewery beer, wine and Mai Tais) for adults with valid i.d. Please check-in 45 minutes prior to departure at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Lahaina Ocean Store at 612 Front Street, Lahaina. 
Wednesdays (Starting August 22)
SeaWees: Ocean Edventure for Preschoolers
Now in its 7th year, SeaWees is a Wednesday morning program for children ages 3-5 and their parents/caregivers, provided by the professional marine educators at Pacific Whale Foundation. A developmentally appropriate early-childhood program, SeaWees includes music/movement, demonstrations and guided exploration delivered in a child-centered environment. You can sign up for a single morning or for the entire session. Each session consists of four classroom sessions and one “Seafari” field adventure organized around a marine science theme.
The cost for the entire five-week session (including four classroom sessions and one Seafari Outing) is $50 per child (or $40 for PWF members). To attend a single class, the fee is $12. The second child in the same family may attend for 50% off.  
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. Get a free Volunteering on Vacation tote bag for your efforts! For info or to sign up call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
Volunteering on Vacation: Beach Clean-up with Pacific Whale Foundation's Conservation Manager
Join Pacific Whale Foundation's Conservation Manager Lauren Campbell to help clean up one of Maui's popular beach parks. This is a great opportunity to talk story about local, national and international conservation issues while helping to keep marine debris and trash out of the ocean.  All participants who volunteer for three hours or more will receive a free totebag from Pacific Whale Foundation through our Volunteering on Vacation program. The clean-up takes place from 9 am until noon. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Wear a hat and sunscreen and bring water or a drink. 
There will be a different location for the beach clean-up each week: 
August 1t - Waihee
August 8 - Makena Beach (Big Beach)
August 15 - Pu'unoa (Baby Beach Lahaina Side near Mala Wharf)
August 22 - Ho'okipa Beach
August 29 - Sugar Beach at Kealia Pond Board Walk (N. Kihei Rd)
Please sign up at advance at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.  Directions will be provided to the beach site when you sign up. 
Volunteering on Vacation: Hawaiian Islands Land Trust Service Project
Join the growing worldwide trend of "voluntourism" by participating in the Volunteering on 
Vacation program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation. In exchange for your efforts, you'll 
receive a free tote bag and the satisfaction of joining in efforts to protect Maui's unique 
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. The program takes place every Friday from 7:15 am to noon and includes four hours of work. Meet at 7:15 am in front of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust Offices, located at 2371 W Vineyard St. in Wailuku, adjacent to the Iao Valley Church. Bring water, snacks, lunch and sunscreen, and wear closed-toe shoes, pants and hat (sun protection). Be sure to call at least 24 hours in advance to sign up! From the U.S. Mainland, please call 1-800-942-5311, or call (808)-249-8811 ext. 1.
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 archeological 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 repellant and wear closed-toe shoes, pants and a t-shirt. Meet at 9 a.m. in front of North Sugar Cane Train Station, Puukoli Road, Kaanapali. You'll receive a free tote bag for your efforts. 
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. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring a light jacket that you do not mind getting a little dirty, water, and sunscreen. Gloves and gardening tools are provided.
First and Third Saturdays 
Volunteering on Vacation: Haleakala National Park Volunteer Service Trip
Want to see spectacular views at 7,000 feet, watch rare native birds and save unique ecosystems found nowhere else on the planet? Come to Haleakala National Park with Pacific Whale Foundation’s Voluntering on Vacation program. Join a group of volunteers to pull invasive pine trees and enjoy a picnic lunch afterwards at Hosmer Grove. Join the growing worldwide trend of "voluntourism" by participating in the Volunteering on Vacation program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation. In exchange for your efforts, you'll receive a free tote bag and the satisfaction of joining in efforts to protect Maui's unique environment. Warm clothes, long pants and closed-toed shoes are required. Bring water and lunch. Participants get to experience the park for free. Transportation is provided. Participants can meet in front of the Pacific Whale Foundation Store, located in the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops at 7:30 am (first Saturday)/ 1:00 pm (third Saturday) or at 8:15 am (first Saturday)/ 1:30 pm (third Saturday) in the parking lot of Tavares Community Center, located in Pukalani.