June 8, 2018
World Oceans Day activities presented by Pacific Whale Foundation on June 8 include:
Naturalist-Hosted Beach Clean-Up Stations
7-11 a.m., North Kihei and Kahului
Pacific Whale Foundation's certified Marine Naturalists will host clean-up stations at Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge and at Kahului Harbor on Friday morning. Free clean-up kids and data collection sheets will be provided at both locations. The data will contribute to PWF's Marine Debris Monitoring and Removal Project. Other incentives for participating include ocean-themed books for keiki, reusable straws from PWF's Ocean Store and Maui Ocean Center day passes.
Guided Snorkel Clean-Up
7:30-8:30 a.m., Kealia Pond
Maui Ocean Center's Education and Curatorial team will lead an underwater clean-up at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. along the Kealia shoreline. Participants must bring their own snorkel gear, rash guard, and cutting tool such as scissors or a dive knife for this immersive experience.
Free Cruise with Reef Clean-Up
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Maalaea Harbor
PacWhale's World Oceans Day cruise provides an opportunity for "citizen-scientists" to help with marine debris research. Led by certified Marine Naturalists, guests will conduct a microplastic tow on the way to a snorkel site to clean up litter from the reef where they will also collect, filter and record seawater samples. Space is limited on this free cruise and RSVP is required by calling (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
Youth Art Contest
Keiki are encouraged to participate in the 'Pollution Solutions' art contest by submitting their creative responses to the question: How will you help keep plastic out of the ocean and protect marine animals? One lucky young artist will receive a free snorkel cruise for four or an Ocean Store gift certificate as a prize for artwork posted to facebook.com/pacificwhalefoundation on or before June 8. Keiki in PWF's summer Ocean Camp will also take part in the art contest, as well as other World Ocean's Day themed activities.
Dinner & A Movie
6:30-8:30 p.m., Seascape Restaurant, Maui Ocean Center
Maui Ocean Center's Seascape Restaurant will host a special screening of the award-winning, eco-conscious documentary, Straws. The 30-minute film will be followed by a discussion about the role we can all play in addressing the issue of single-use plastics and marine litter. The restaurant will remain open to the public and dining discounts will be provided to World Oceans Day clean-up participants. Reservations are recommended by calling: (808) 270-7068.
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