The annual Great Whale Count will start this Saturday, January 26th. Volunteers are encouraged to participate in what is known as one of the longest running citizen scientist projects.
There are 12 survey sites located along the Maui shoreline. Site leaders will give brief instruction to volunteers and record data throughout the day. Data collected includes the number of whales and behavior patterns. After all the data is collected throughout the day, numbers are tallied and released immediately following the count.
Other count dates include Saturday, February 23rd and Saturday, March 30th. Those wishing to become volunteers must create an account through the Pacific Whale Foundation here.
Ocean Guardian is the new vessel blessed into the Pacific Whale Foundation family. The vessel has the capacity for 149 passengers and is equipped with whale protection equipment. It is energy-efficient and has low emission engines. Ocean Guardian has two decks, shaded seating, plus restrooms equipped for the disabled.
The vessel will be used for whale-watching tours as well as snorkeling trips. Passengers can enjoy onboard barbecue meals prepared by chefs from one of two stainless steel grills. The Ocean Guardian made its maiden cruise on March 24th.
Greg Kaufman, Founder of Pacific Whale Foundation, lost his struggle Saturday with brain cancer. Kaufman started the foundation back in 1980. During that time, only an estimated 800 whales would visit Maui. Today, due to the efforts of Kaufman, approximately 10,000 whales visit Maui each season.
Pacific Whale Foundation started out with small boats giving informative whale talks and Kaufman would give lectures at local hotels. Selling t-shirts was a means for research money. To date, the company has an estimated 200 employees.
Farewell Greg Kaufman an Mahalo Nui Loa for your dedication to the Pacific Whale Foundation.
Friday January 15th The Soul Kitchen Maui Big Band will be playing at Mulligans On The Blue in Wailea. If you want good seats, dinner reservations are recommended. There is a $10.00 cover charge at the door. Come enjoy a mixture of originals and cool covers! More information available on the Mulligans on the Blue website.
On Saturday January 12th from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm University of Hawaii-Maui College Parking Lot will be hosting the weekly Swap Meet! Over 200 vendors will be selling everything from fresh produce, jewelry, apparel, and more! Entrance is only $0.50 and children 12 and under are free! Information for anyone interested in becoming a vendor available here.
Sunday January 13th come support the Pacific Whale Foundation by helping clean up weeds at Haleakala National Park from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm. Transportation is provided for those who volunteer. Anyone who contributes 3 or more hours will receive a free tote bag. Reserve you spot! Check the Pacific Whale Foundation website for more information.
Off the shore of Molokini was the first whale sighting for the 2013 season was reported. Pacific Whale Foundation reported the sighting on Saturday at approximately 7:36 am. The return of the whales is right on schedule. Early sightings usually occur at the beginning of October with an increase in November and December. Whale watching is a popular tourist attraction. For those early watchers Pacific Whale Foundation has added a guarantee coupon incase you happen to miss out on seeing the whales. The coupon is valid to go again free for one year.
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Maui‘s annual Whale Festival that will be held sometime in February 2014 and the annual Parade of Whales and Whale Day Celebration on February 15, 2014. You can read the entire article via Maui Now here.