Posted on: March 7, 2011

Pacific Whale Foundation Presents March Events

March is a blustery month in many parts of the world -- but here on Maui, the better description is "busy" with all of the events at Pacific Whale Foundation. Among the offerings is a free talk, a camp for kids,a  program for preschoolers, special cruises and more. To learn more, visit or call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 

Whale Information and Viewing Station
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Pacific Whale Foundation’s education team staffs a free humpback whale
information and shoreline viewing station, 8:00 am to noon along
oceanfront pedestrian path by the Wailea Beach Marriott. Sponsored by
Wailea Beach Marriott and offered free of charge. For info, call
249-8811 ext. 1.
Humpback Whale Lookout Station
An experienced Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist is present from
8:00 am to 2:00 pm at Papawai Point to provide free information about
humpback whales and help you spot humpbacks from shore. At the lookout
on Honoapi’ilani Highway (Route 30), approximately 3 miles northwest
of Ma’alaea Harbor. For more information,call 249-8811 ext. 1.
 Onsite Coral Reef Naturalist Program
Sundays through Thursdays
Learn names of  fish you've seen while snorkeling with the help of a
knowledgeable Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist. A great place to
visit if you're new to snorkeling in Hawaii. Learn how you can help
protect the reef as you explore it. Sponsored by Hawaii Tourism
Authority. Available 9 am until 12 pm. For information, call 249-8811.
Volunteering on Vacation: O'o Farm
Join Pacific Whale Foundation's Volunteer on Vacation Program to work
on an organic farm in Kula.  Meet at O'o Farms at 8:45 on Wednesday
mornings in Kula. The project work lasts from 8:45 until 11:30 and
will include assorted farm chores. Call  249-8811 in advance to sign
up. Learn more about Pacific Whale Foundation’s Volunteering on
Vacation program at
SeaWees - Ocean Ed-Venture for Preschoolers
Every Wednesday
A weekly program, SeaWees is for preschoolers and their
parents/caregivers. This program features field trips, activities,
songs and stories with Pacific Whale Foundation's marine Educator
Merrill Kaufman. For ages 3-5 (children must be accompanied by
parent/caregiver). 9:00 to 10:00 am at  Pacific Whale Foundation's
Discovery Center. The  theme for February 23  March 2, 9, 16, 23 is
"Stories and Science."  The theme for April 6, 13, 20, 27 and May 4 is
"Scales to Tails - The Amazing Fish of Hawai’i." Five-week session is
$50 ($40 for Pacific Whale Foundation members). Advance enrollment
required. Call 249-8811 ext. 1.
Ultimate Whalewatch
Every Tuesday
A four-hour morning program from 7:00 am to 11:00 am out of Ma'alaea
Harbor with Pacific Whale Foundation researchers. Includes breakfast,
45 minute  presentation and two-hour whalewatch, plus  informative
session at the research lab. Call  249-8811 ext 1 or visit
Sunset Island Rhythms Cocktail Cruise (Ma’alaea)
Every Friday
Enjoy a beautiful tropical sunset at sea, on a fun-filled cruise led
by local reggae star Marty Dread. Includes appetizers, soft drinks and
cocktails. Whale sightings are guaranteed (from December 17 through
April 23). If you do not see whales, you get a free ticket for a
regular Pacific Whale Foundation whalewatch. For reservations, call
Pacific Whale Foundation at 249-8811 ext. 1.
Volunteering on Vacation: Hawaii Land Trust Service Project
Every Friday
Join the growing worldwide trend of "voluntourism" by participating in
Volunteering on Vacation program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation.
With Hawaii Land Trust  group leader Scott Fisher, visit a remarkable
coastal area that's rich in Hawaiian history and bird watching. Help
remove invasive species and clear brush and weed. 7:15 a.m. to noon To
sign up, call 249-8811. Learn more  at
Volunteering on Vacation: Malama Honokowai
Every Saturday
Join the growing worldwide trend of "voluntourism" by participating in
the Volunteering on Vacation program offered by Pacific Whale
Foundation. With nonprofit Malama Honokawai you’ll visit the beautiful
and hidden Honokawai Valley, an area closed to the public. Learn about
Hawaiian history and culture and remove invasive weed plants and
possibly plant native species. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call 249-8811
ext. 1  to sign up. Learn more at
Volunteering on Vacation: Haleakala National Park Volunteer Service Trip
First Sunday and Third Sunday of Every Month
See spectacular views at 7,000 feet, watch rare native birds and save
unique ecosystems found nowhere else on the planet. Help invasive pine
trees and enjoy a picnic lunch afterwards at Hosmer Grove.
Transportation provided.  To sign up, call  249-8811 ext. 1.
Volunteering on Vacation: Hoaloha 'aina
Every Monday
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.
Call Bob Richardson at 264-1798 or check for exact locations.
Volunteering on Vacation: Ho'okipa Restoration Project
Second and Fourth Saturday of Every Month
Join Friends of Ho’okipa to restore and protect Ho’okipa Beach Park,
world famous for its extraordinary surfing, wind surfing, and kite
surfing. Remove invasive plant species and plant native species. Get a
free Volunteering on Vacation tote bag for your efforts! To sign up,
call 281-3097, ext. 1.
Volunteering on Vacation: Beach Cleanup Project
Make a difference  -- conduct a beach cleanup at your own schedule!
Beach clean-up kit, gloves and a marine debris monitoring card
provided; volunteer for three or more hours and receive a free
Volunteering on Vacation totebag. To sign up, call 281-3097, ext. 1.
Learn more  at
Evening Island Rhythms Cruise with Marty Dread
Saturdays, March 12 and March 26
Dance to island rhythms under the stars at sea! Join island reggae
star Marty Dread for a starlit cruise from  8 pm to 10 pm from Lahaina
Harbor. Call Pacific Whale Foundation at  249-8811 ext. 1 or visit
Whale Photo Safari
Saturdays, March 12 and 19
Learn tricks of capturing professional whale photos at this at-sea
workshop for all types of photographers – including beginners. Led by
Pacific Whale Foundation's lead researcher and expert photographer
Annie Macie. 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m from Lahaina Harbor. Call 249-8811
ext. 1.
Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Camp
Monday, March 14 - Friday, March 18
For children in grades K-5. Campers learn about the ocean while having
fun. Activities include: tidepool investigation, snorkel trip,
hands-on science experiments, artistic explorations, trip to Maui
Ocean Center and more. 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1
or visit
Making Waves Lecture Series: “On the Trail of the Whale in Australia”
Thursday, March 17
During 2009 and 2010, researchers Annie Macie and Amanda Hutsel spent
more than six months on an extensive study of humpbacks along eastern
Australia. Join them for an evening of slides, videos and stories.
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.  Free. At Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery
Center in Ma'alaea.
Celebrity Chef Cruise Series: "Sustainable Surf & Turf"
Friday, March 18
Enjoy  three course dinner at sea featuring the skillful creations of
Chef Craig Masuda (Executive Chef of Hoaloha Ne Eha Catering  and Old
Lahaina Luau) using  island-grown produce, sustainable seafood and
local beef. 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm from Lahaina Harbor. For reservations,
call Pacific Whale Foundation at 249-8811 ext. 1.
Moonlight Tidepool Exploration
March 18 and March 19
Brittle stars, urchins, octopi, oh my! Meet fascinating creatures that
roam Hawaii's tidepools at night with Pacific Whale Foundation. For
ages 6 and over. $10 per adult and $5 per child. Call 249-8811 ext 1.
Full Moon Whale Song Cruise
March 20, 2011
An enchanted moonlit evening at sea, featuring appetizers, cocktails
and listening to live whale songs. Led by award-winning astronomer
Harriet Witt.  8:00 to 10:00  p.m. from Lahaina Harbor. Call 249-8811
ext. 1.
VIP Whalewatch
March 26, 2011
Whalewatch with Pacific Whale Foundation’s President/ Founder, Greg
Kaufman. Greg has authored three books about whales, and is a member
of the International Whaling Commission’s Scientific Committee. From
Lahaina Harbor. Call  249-8811 ext. 1.
Stargazing Cruise
April 2, 2011
Learn about the night sky with astronomer Harriet Witt.Offered by
Pacific Whale Foundation. You'll even  listen to live whale songs!
Includes  appetizers and drinks. 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. from Lahaina
Harbor. Call 249-8811 ext. 1.