Posted on: December 30, 2011

Pacific Whale Foundation Announces January Events

The New Year brings a bevy of new events at Pacific Whale Foundation, including some that are part of the ongoing Maui Whale Festival, which runs from late November through mid-May. Highlights this month include a free "Whalewatch and Natural History Hike" on Wednesday, January 25 and the opening night reception of "Photo Tribute to the Whales," a special exhibit of whale photography, on Friday, January 27.

January Featured Events:
January 6 and January 7, 2012
Moonlight Tidepool Explorations
Brittle stars, urchins, octopi, oh my! Meet fascinating creatures that roam Hawaii's tidepools at night. Led by Pacific Whale Foundation’s education team. For people ages 6 and over. Wear sturdy shoes; bring flashlight. Refreshments provided. $10 adults; $5 per child. 6:30 pm. Co-sponsored by Mana Kai Maui Resort.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Making Waves Lecture Series: "Accidentally on Purpose: Invasive Species of Hawaii
Pacific Whale Foundation's Making Waves Lecture Series will feature a free talk featuring Dr. Joshua Atwood, coordinator of the Hawaiian Invasive Species Council along with Darrell Tanaka, local fisherman and one of the founders of Maui’s Roi Round-up. They will be presenting information on their work on stemming the spread of both terrestrial and marine invasive species on Maui. The talk takes place from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center. It is free and open to the public. 
Dr. Atwood worked with the Oahu Invasive Species Committee in 2008. After receiving his PhD from the University of Rhode Island in Biology and Environmental Science, he returned to Hawaii. As the Coordinator of the Invasive Species Council, Dr. Atwood works with the heads of several departments of the state government and is responsible for budgeting the effort to keep invasive species in check for the entire state.
Darrell Tanaka is a local fisherman and environmentalist who is very concerned with the impact that carnivorous marine invasive species are causing to Maui’s reefs. Darrell is one of the founders and coordinators of Maui’s Roi Roundup, a spearfishing competition designed to advocate the removal of one of the most harmful invasive fish on our reefs, the Peacock Grouper (roi). 
Learn what actions can be done to fix these problems, and how you can help! Please join us for this free event as we discuss the issues we face in Hawaii involving invasive species and potential remedies for this serious problem that affects our environment.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Whalewatch and Natural History Hike
Free activity with Pacific Whale Foundation features a guided 5.5 mile hike along the Lahaina Pali Trail, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the ocean and any whales in the area. For adults over age 15 who are fit, experienced hikers. Free transportation provided from Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Store in Ma’alaea to and from the trailheads. No bathrooms on the trail. Your trip will be led by a Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist. Meet at 7:00 am. Hike begins at 7:30 am. Limited to 13 participants.  Free. Advance reservations required. Call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. This hike is offered only on these Wednesdays: January 25, 2012; February 22, 2012; March 28, 2012 and April 25, 2012. Part of the Maui Whale Festival.
Friday, January 27, 2012 
Tribute to Whales: Opening Night Reception
Join Pacific Whale Foundation for the grand opening of an exhibit of stunning whale photography. Meet the photographers, talk story about whales, and enjoy delicious refreshments provided by Porto, a new artisan pizzeria featuring flame-fired pizzas in Ma'alaea. The opening night reception is free and open to all, and  takes place on Friday, January 27 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Following that, the Tribute to the Whales photo exhibit will be open daily, from January 28 - February 29, 2012, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with free admission. Located at Ma’alaea Harbor Shops, next door to Maui Ocean Center.  Featured photographers include  Monica and Michael Sweet, Douglas and Meiko Hoffman, David Fleetham, Herb Hartmann, Greg Kaufman and Pacific Whale Foundation's Research Staff and Naturalists, plus Pacific Whale Foundation Members and  whalewatch enthusiasts. Part of the Maui Whale Festival.


Ongoing Events:
Sea Wees
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. Reservations are required. Please call (808) 249-8811. Class sizes are limited, so reserve as early as possible.
Trail of the Whale: Free Whale Information Stations
Pacific Whale Foundation naturalists and volunteers will be stationed at three locations along Maui’s coast to help you locate whales from shores. They’ll share with you the best techniques for spotting these amazing marine mammals from Maui's shorelines, have binoculars and scopes to help you get a better view, along with models and marine artifacts for hands-on exploration. 
You’ll also get answers to your questions about whales, geography and natural history. Free and open to all. Part of the Maui Whale Festival. Offered December 11, 2011 – April 30, 2012. For information, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
Offered at these locations. Please note specified dates and times:
Papawai Point
Offered daily,  8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Watch whales at this popular scenic overlook off Honoapi’ilani Highway (Route 30) located approximately 3 miles northwest of Ma’alaea Harbor.
Wailea Marriott
Offered Tuesday and Thursdays  7:30-11:30am
View whales along the Ocean Path in front of the Wailea Marriott, off Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea.
Maui Ocean Club
Offered Wednesdays and Fridays 7:30-11:30am
Marriot’s Maui Ocean Club, locatedon Kaanapali Beach, is the site of the “Trail of the Whale” Marine Naturalist Station on Maui’s westside. The station is located along the oceanfront pedestrian path fronting the resort.
An additional location to view whales is the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center, located at 726 S. Kihei Road, Kihei. Open Mondays through Fridays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Sanctuary staff and volunteers provide free information about whales. Reservations not required. The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary also offers free information on sea turtles, coral reefs, fish and whales at the Grand Wailea Ocean Path, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Wednesdays. In addition, the Sanctuary will offer another free information site at the boardwalk at Whaler’s Village in Ka’anapali on Thursdays, from 9 am to 1 pm. For information, call (808) 879-2818.
January 28 to February 28, 2012
Photo Tribute To the Whales
Exhibit of stunning whale photography, hosted by Pacific Whale Foundation as part of the Maui Whale Festival. Open daily, from January 28 to February 29, 2012, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Located at Ma’alaea Harbor Shops, next door to Maui Ocean Center. Free admission. Part of the Maui Whale Festival. For info, call (808) 249-8811.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Free: 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 you'll 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. Sponsored by Hawaii Tourism Authority. Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 am to 11:30 am. Note: Currently not offered on Wednesdays and Sundays. For information, call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
Special Cruises:
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 – and watching whales -- at sunset! This fun-filled, multi-generational cruise is led by local island music and reggae star Marty Dread. His charisma and enthusiasm gets everyone dancing and enjoying themselves. 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 from Ma'alaea Harbor on Friday evenings. This cruise departs at 4:30 pm until March 1. After March 1, it departs at 5:00 pm. Whale sightings are guaranteed from December 16 through April 30 or you get a free ticket for a regular Pacific Whale Foundation Whalewatch.
Stargazing Cruises: Moon, Stars and the Whales
Because Hawaii is the most remote island chain in the world, stargazing here is among the finest in the world. 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. Throughout the winter (December through April), you can listen to the haunting and mysterious songs of humpback whales in the ocean around you – or maybe view a surfacing whale by starlight!
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 and informative commentary on the stars. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Sky & Telescope, and Spirit of Aloha. Offered every Friday, 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.
Whale Photo Safari
Every Sunday morning (from January 8 through May 13), Pacific Whale Foundation will offer Whale Photo Safari Cruises, featuring hands-on training on capturing great whale images with digital cameras. This at-sea workshop is suitable for beginning and advanced photographers. You'll learn to get the best results from whatever camera you currently own. (Affordable digital camera rentals also available in advance at Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store.) Cruise takes place on Pacific Whale Foundation’s new raft, Ocean Freedom, offering great water level photography of whales. Led by an expert photographer/naturalist. Departs at 9:15 am from Lahaina Harbor and returns at 12:15 pm. Price is $99.95 per person.
Ultimate Whalewatch
Learn firsthand what it is like to be a whale researcher on a personally guided group tour with Pacific Whale Foundation. This is a special opportunity to interact with Pacific Whale Foundation’s researchers and marine biologists. This research adventure begins over a complimentary continental breakfast (pastries, fresh fruit, coffee and tea) in Pacific Whale Foundation’s Discovery Center. Your small group will gather for a 45-minute presentation by a member of the Pacific Whale Foundation’s research team to learn about the foundation’s ongoing whale research and photo identification efforts. You’ll also learn about the whales that you are about to encounter. The group will then embark on a two-hour whalewatch tour with a member of the research team. Researchers will share their knowledge of whale behavior, and interpret the significance and purpose of humpback social activity within the context of season and location. The tour wraps up with a final 45-minute visit to Pacific Whale Foundation’s research lab.Offered on Mondays, from 8:00 am to 11:30 am. Meet at 7:45 am for this tour at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Store, 300 Ma'alaea Road, located at the Ma’alaea Harbor Shops, adjacent to the Maui Ocean Center Aquarium and next to Ma'alaea Harbor. As always, whale sightings are guaranteed. (If you do not see whales, you will get a free ticket for one of our Classic Whalewatches.). Price includes free CD of the professional images taken during the cruise, plus some of our researchers’ favorite whale photos, free “I Love Whales” bumpersticker, free copy of Pacific Whale Foundation’s exclusive DVD, “Research Clips From the Field,” featuring video of whales observed during our 2011 whale research study in Australia and free whale poster and color whalewatch guide.
Volunteering on Vacation:
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 tote bag for your efforts! For info or to sign up call (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 that showcases a working farm like no other. Located in the misting forest of Waipoli (Kula, Maui), its 8.5 acres sustains numerous crops that have been developed from virgin land. Meet at O'o Farms at 8:45 on Wednesday mornings. The project work lasts from 8:45 until 11:30 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. Be sure to call (808) 249-8811 in advance to 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 totebag and the satisfaction of joining in efforts to protect Maui's unique environment.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. 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. The program takes place every Friday from 7:15 am to noon and includes four hours of work. 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.
First and Third Sundays
Volunteering on Vacation: Haleakala National Park Service Project
 Now offered on the first and third Sundays of every month. Want to see spectacular views at 7,000 feet, watch rare native birds and save unique ecosystems found nowhere else on the planet?  Volunteer with Pacific Whale Foundation at  Haleakala National Park to pull invasive pine trees and enjoy a picnic lunch afterwards at Hosmer Grove.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 Ocean Store, located in the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops at 7:30 am (first Sunday)/ 1:00pm (third Sunday) or at 8:15 am (first Sunday)/ 1:30 pm (third Sunday) in the parking lot of Tavares Community Center, located in Pukalani. Reservations required. Please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. From the U.S. Mainland, please call 1-800-942-5311.
Every Saturday
Volunteering on Vacation: Malama Honokawa
Visit the beautiful and hidden Honokawai Valley, an area closed to the public, with representatives from the Malama Honokowai project of Maui Cultural Lands, Ltd. 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. You'll receive a free tote bag for your efforts. Be sure to call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 at least 24 hours in advance to sign up!
About Pacific Whale Foundation
Pacific Whale Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to protecting our oceans through science and advocacy. Through educational whalewatches and ocean ecotours, Pacific Whale Foundation educates the public about the ocean and also raises money for its research, education and conservation programs. These programs include humpback whale research projects in Hawai’i, Australia, Ecuador, Tonga and other parts of the Pacific, as well as studies of odontocetes (toothed whales and dolphins) off the coasts of Maui and Lana’i. Pacific Whale Foundation also provides marine education programs and environmental learning field trips for thousands of local schoolchildren on Maui, and works on numerous marine conservation issues.