Pacific Whale Foundation
Pacific Whale Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1980 to save whales from extinction. Our mission is to protect our oceans through science and advocacy. We are an international organization, with ongoing research studies in Hawaii, Australia, and Ecuador, and are active participants in global efforts to address threats to whales and other marine life.
A pioneer in non-invasive whale research, Pacific Whale Foundation was an early leader in educating the public, from a scientific perspective, about whales and the need for ocean conservation.
Since 1980, Pacific Whale Foundation has pioneered educational wildlife watching and eco-tourism in Hawaii through award-winning ocean eco-adventures. More than 3.5 million people from around the world have learned about ocean wildlife and marine conservation through these tours. Worldwide, our tours serve as a model for sustainable ecotourism practices.
Hello, my journal friend, I’m coming back again. I come to see you everyday. Are you happy? Ok, now I’ll begin to write my fifth day journal.
Today I became a dirty girl. We went to another mountain to do almost the same work – weeding! But today we weeded in the mire! I’m not scared of being dirty, but I am scared of bugs! That was so horrible, I can’t do that in the mire so I just did that for a few minutes and came out of the mud. I helped the to throw away the weeds and roots and weeded outside the taro patch. After the weeding we all threw mud at each other and put our muddy hands on each other’s clothes. Hahaha, that’s why I was a dirty girl today. Then we went to a river to wash the mud off our bodies. We stayed there maybe twenty minutes, that was so comfortable, there was some wind and the river was not very cold. When we came back to the taro patch, Ekolu’s mother talked to us and sang a song about “Aloha”. It was great, I loved it. When I went to hug her, I just cried, I don’t know why, maybe because she looks like my grandma. I miss her so I just cried. But that was a great day, and today’s dinner we will have Chinese food! Yeee! Bye my sweet Sharon!
Kahewa Wind Farm
High above the majestic shores of Ma‘alaea on Maui, Kaheawa Wind I (“KWPI”) has been in operation since June 2006 and was the first wind project built by First Wind. The 30 megawatt (MW) facility is capable of producing enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 11,000 homes annually, or 9% of Maui’s annual electrical demand. Adjacent to the first phase, Kaheawa Wind II (“KWPII”) began operating in July 2012. The 21 MW project is, capable of powering the equivalent of 7,700 Maui homes annually, or 5% of Maui’s electrical demand.
We went to the top of a mountain and continued working for the local people by removing invasive fireweed. We were forced to eat only veggies since Mike didn’t allow us to buy any meat except burgers yesterday. The view on the mountain was really beautiful, that made me miss Long Island even more. In the afternoon, we switched to a new campsite. My phone was finally charged and we have hot water for showers. Even better, we don’t have to pee and poop in a dirty box anymore.
Maui Cultural Lands – Edwin “Ekolu” Lindsey III
Edwin “Ekolu” Lindsey is on a mission to protect and restore Hawaiian cultural resources. The son of the late Ed Lindsey, the renowned conservationist who was named a “Maui treasure,” Ekolu continues his father’s legacy with a belief in the (‘olelo no’eau (proverb) “He ali’i ka ‘aina; he kauwa ke kanaka.” (The land is chief and we are its servants.) Ekolu is president of Maui Cultural Lands, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Hawaiian culture, archeological sites, native plants, and the Islands’ first people.
Click the link below for TEDxMaui Talk by Ekolu Lindsey titled “Cultivating Cultural Seeds”
The third day of our journey we met the man we saw on the Ted Talk, Ekolu Lindsey. He led us up the mountain to do community service and we went down to the bottom of the valley. Before that, the local people from the Maui Cultural Lands group asked permission to enter with a song. The sun shined a lot that day and we all felt extremely hot. Also, there were so many bugs everywhere in the place we worked.
Our task was to pull all the weeds and I was the one who carried all the weeds out. Many people were bitten by bugs, including me. But we learned the importance of persistence and cooperation. Also, I finally learned the meaning of “Aloha” – love and compassion, good and positive feelings, also hello and goodbye. There are also many other meanings.
In the afternoon we learned about plants. They were quite useful and some of them are nearly extinct. We should protect nature. Today was a meaningful day!
The Hawaii trip was something that I was really excited for. This is not my first time visiting Hawaii, however this time I came with my friends to explore the nature of Maui. Before coming to Hawaii, I didn’t know how everything would go and was a bit worried about the trip. However, it turned out to be that camping is something original and a very different type of accommodation. For this trip I hope to make more friends and take pictures. Also, I want to explore the island’s nature and bring back some memorable experiences. It’s my first serious travel without my family and it makes me feel more independent. I hope everything goes well and everybody works together and nobody gets excluded. I’m looking forward to the next da of this amazing Field Academy.
So we woke up at the crack of dawn (6AM) but it ended up being worth the sunrise. Such a beautiful sunrise. We had cereal for breakfast and left to go out-rigger canoeing. Outrigger canoeing was so much fun. We got to jump in the water out of the boats. If you dove down deep enough you could hear the whales!! My boat was the fastest boat out. Once we headed back in we had to do community service and clean the back of the canoe club. We did a great job and got shaved ice. The ice was so so so good. We got stuff at the market and then headed home.
Kihei Canoe Club
The mission of Kihei Canoe Club is to revive, develop, perpetuate and promote the Hawaiian traditions. This will be accomplished through educational, recreational, cultural and competitive Hawaiian outrigger canoeing programs for youth and adults, in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment.
Canoe and Community Service Day
5:45 AM – I woke up and then we had breakfast.
7:30 AM – We began the canoe activity. The canoe is very cool. They had three different kinds, a double-hulled one, a single-hulled one, and one for just one person. I was in the double-hulled canoe. Afterwards we jumped into the ocean for a swim. Not me though! I got all wet because of a wave. At the end we saw a whale!!!
12 PM – Community Service time. We built a rock garden wall and I got to charge my iPhone. Afterwards we had lunch and we got to eat Hawaiian shaved ice!