Posted on: June 18, 2013

Summer Events Announced at Pacific Whale Foundation

Summer's on! To add ocean-themed fun, adventure and learning into the days ahead, check out these June and July events offered by Pacific Whale Foundation.
Tuesday, June 18 and July 17
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. $10 per adult and $5 per child. Co-sponsored by Mana Kai Maui Resort. 
Thursday, June 20
Making Waves Lecture Series: "The State of the Reefs"
Get information about Maui's coral reefs -- latest trends, threats and management plans for the future -- during this free talk by Russell Sparks, aquatic biologist with the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources. 6 pm to 7:30 pm at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops, off Route 30 (Honoapiilani Highway). Part of Pacific Whale Foundation's Making Waves Lecture Series.
Monday, June 24 
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 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. Book online today and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. 
Thursday, July 4
4th of July Fireworks Cruise
Enjoy spectacular views of Lahaina's 4th of July fireworks on this festive holiday cruise with Pacific Whale Foundation. Includes all-appetizers, yummy deserts, drinks and soft drinks. Cruises depart from Ma'alaea and Lahaina Harbors. Book your tickets now; we usually sell out in advance! Call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
July 8
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. 
Mondays through Fridays through July 26 (except July 4)
Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Camp Summer Session
For children in grades K through 5, Ocean Camp features adventure, field trips, scientific investigation, art, fun and discovery led by Pacific Whale Foundation's marine educators. Camp field trips include tidepool explorations, beach visits, surfing and windsurfing lessons, a snorkel cruise to Molokini and more. Offered Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Sign up by individual days. Scholarships available for campers with financial need. 
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
Our 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 the area. Get a free tote-bag 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 (June 22, June 29, July 13 and July 27)
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! 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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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.