Pacific Whale Foundation August 2009 Events

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Pacific Whale Foundation is offering a very full calendar of August events. Summer may be drawing to a close, but Pacific Whale Foundation still has lots of exciting events and eco tours in store!

Saturday, August 1
Pacific Whale Foundation Garage Sale
Pacific Whale Foundation will be holding a benefit garage sale on Saturday, August 1, from 8 am to 2 pm. Items for sale will include a wide array of office and ocean vessel equipment, snorkel gear, a granita machine, and posters, as well as household items. Credit
cards will be accepted. There will also be a bake sale and lemonade stand. Funds raised will help purchase a replacement for 'Ekahi, the life-sized whale mascot parade balloon.  475 Kaiaulu Loop, Maui Uplands, Makawao. For more information, contact or call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.

Thursday, August 6
Full Moon Cruise
Thursday, August 20
Stargazing Cruise
For those interested in experiencing Maui at night, Pacific Whale Foundation offers two moonlight cruises and moonlight tidepool explorations in August. Award-winning professional astronomer Harriet Witt provides expert narration about the Hawaiian night sky aboard the Full Moon Maui Magic Cruise and the Stargazing Cruise. Both feature cocktails and appetizers and make for a truly magical evening at sea. The Full Moon Cruise takes place on Thursday, August 6, 8:30 to 10:30 pm, the Stargazing Cruise Thursday, August 20, 8:00 to 10:00 pm, both from Lahaina Harbor. For reservations, call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or reserve  online at

Saturday, August 8
Annual Wild Dolphin Amateur Sand Sculpture Contest
Calling all dolphin enthusiasts and sand sculpture afficianados: come out on Saturday, August 8 to show off your skills at Pacific Whale Foundation’s free annual Wild Dolphin Amateur Sand Sculpture Contest. This annual event celebrates the wild dolphins of Maui County’s waters, as well as the fact that in 2002, a Maui County bill was passed banning the public display of captive whales and dolphins. The contest is open to everyone, and there is no cost to enter. Sculptures can be created by individuals, families or groups. Prizes will be awarded in five categories, with the Best Overall Entry receiving passes for a family of four for Pacific Whale Foundation’s Wild Dolphin Encounter Cruise. All contestants will receive a free Wild Dolphin Guide and a free ocean-themed poster. 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the north end of Keawakapu Beach in South Kihei, with judging to follow immediately. Pacific Whale Foundation’s Research Director, Quincy Gibson, PhD will present a free talk on dolphins on the beach. Participants should park in the gravel public parking lot behind the Mana Kai Maui Resort. A limited number of pails and shovels will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own supplies. All participants must fill out entry forms, which will be available at the event. For more information, call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1

Wednesdays, starting August 12
SeaWees – Ocean Ed-venture for Preschoolers
It’s time for the big kids to head back to school – and now, here’s a program for the preschoolers! Preschoolers and their parents or caregivers are invited to join Pacific Whale Foundation’s Education Director, Merrill Kaufman, for fun activities, songs, stories and field trips. For ages 3-5. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Every Wednesday from 9:00 to 10:00 am at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Discovery Center, downstairs in the Harbor Shops at Ma’alaea (next to Maui Ocean Center). $10 per class or $40 for a series of five sessions. Advance enrollment is required. Please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 for more information or to enroll.

Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15
Moonlight Tidepool Exploration
Brittle stars, urchins, octopi, or my! Explore tidepools at night with Pacific Whale Foundation’s expert marine naturalists on a Moonlight Tidepool Exploration on Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at a South Maui Tidepool. This program is for people ages 6 and over. $10 for adults; $5 per child. Advance reservations are required. Co-sponsored by the Mana Kai Maui Resort. For reservations, call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or visit

Saturday, August 15
Taste of Maui Legends and Lore Sunset Cruise
Pacific Whale Foundation’s Education Director, Merrill Kaufman (a long-time student of Hawaiian culture, language and hula), will host and provide live narration for the Taste of Maui Legends and Lore Sunset Cruise on Saturday, August 15. This two-hour sunset cocktail and appetizer cruise offers a tantalizing taste of Hawaii’s culture and history. Learn about the history of Lahaina and the West Maui mountains, enjoy Hawaiian music and chant, try your hand at Hawaiian games and crafts, taste delicious local-style appetizers and toast tropical cocktails. 5:30 to 7:30 pm from Lahaina Harbor. For reservations, call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or reserve  online at

Thursday, August 20
Free Screening: Lolita: Slave to Entertainment
On Thursday, August 20, Pacific Whale Foundation will host a free screening of an award-winning documentary about captive marine mammals that are the star performers in marine theme parks.  Lolita: Slave to Entertainment tells the story of a wild-caught orca featured at Miami Seaquarium. The documentary includes startling behind-the-scenes insights, footage of the wild orca pod from which Lolita was taken, and interviews with industry insiders and marine biologists. This screening is part of Pacific Whale Foundation’s monthly Making Waves Lecture Series. 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Center, downstairs in the Harbor Shops at Ma’alaea (next to Maui Ocean Center). Admission is free and open to the public, and no registration is required. For more informati on, call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.

Sunday, August 16
Family Time Party Featuring Ziggy Marley
On Sunday, August 16, Pacific Whale Foundation will host a fun family benefit event featuring international reggae star Ziggy Marley. Ziggy will perform selections from his children’s album, “Family Time,” and sign autographs for fans. The event will also feature a performance by Gamekids, a talented group of local children who sing, dance, act, and play games. Following the performances, children can participate in an array of games and activities offered by Pacific Whale Foundation’s marine education staff. Refreshments and “Family Time” CDs will be available for sale. All proceeds from the event will benefit Pacific Whale Foundation’s environmental education programs for Maui’s schoolchildren.11:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Maui Prin ce Hotel in Makena.  Children (ages 3 - 12) $5; accompanying parents/caregivers: $8.  For  tickets, call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or visit A smoke-free, alcohol-free event.

Special Cruises and Programs
Pacific Whale Foundation will feature a number of special cruises in August. For information or reservations on any Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventure, visit or call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.

Ongoing, Mondays through Fridays
Free Onsite Coral Reef Naturalist Program
Learn the names of the fish you've seen while snorkeling with the help of a knowledgeable Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist at Pacific Whale Foundation's free Coral Reef Information Station at Ulua Beach in Wailea. 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 the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Available every Monday through Friday, 8 am until 12 pm. For information, call (808) 249-8811.

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