Aloha, I want to thank everyone at Pacific Whale Foundation for the opportunity to volunteer on vacation January 21 at Hoaloha‘aina. This was the highlight of my vacation. Bob and Lisa Richardson were wonderful to work with and very knowledgeable, I learned a lot and and was delighted to participate. I plan to do this again next January when I return. Mahalo!
On November 7, 2007 our family participated in one of your beach cleanup programs. This was our last day vacationing and felt strongly to have our family of five children, three being teenagers, to help give something back to the community. After several complaints from our children, we were very surprised at how much fun we all had do it. We got several looks on the beach with people approaching us and asking us what we were doing. We actually found a shoe that a woman had been missing for several days! Thanks again for the great memories and we will highly suggest this to others.
My husband and I volunteered today (2/09/09) on a dune restoration project. We were very impressed with everything about the project. They were well organized, friendly, and professional. Bob had plans for the day’s activities all laid out and all the tools and supplies to support it.
Thanks for a great program!
Jill Otte (Member)
Whenever I go on vacation, I have simple objectives, most of them related to how much rest and relaxation I can cram into my days away from it all. Oh, sure, I also love discovering new places and different things to do, wining and dining, spending quality time with my lovely wife, and catching up on my reading.
But I am also at the stage in my life where I crave doing more, even while lolling in the sun, listening to the crash of endless waves and gazing off into the nothingness without a care in the world. Yes, even while on a tropical paradise like Maui, I try to manage my triad of balance. I exercise, eat right, read and write every day, and look inside myself for personal growth opportunities that enhance my spirituality.
This year, while perusing one of those guides you pick up at the airport that brag about dozens of great things to do while in Hawaii, I stumbled upon one of the most rewarding experiences my wife and I have shared and enjoyed in ages.
I phoned the Pacific Whale Foundation and learned that not only could they offer us such amazing adventures like a day of working at an organic farm in the upcountry town of Kula, or helping remove invasive species at sacred, protected grounds in the West Maui Mountains, but that they wouldn¹t cost a cent, not one Maui dollar. Not only that, by volunteering to get our hands dirty and our bodies sweaty, we could also meet wonderful people, experience new and interesting activities, and feel that incredible feeling that only giving of your time for a worthy cause can give you.
I have to say that I have been fortunate enough to have visited Maui many times, and while every visit is special and enjoyable, this visit, and our volunteering efforts, was the highlight of decades of highlights. We gave back, added solutions to problems by participating in organic farming, socialized with like-minded, friendly people, took and gave back to the earth, and even finagled a free farm-fresh lunch out of the deal.
Volunteering any time is an important way to give back to those who are less fortunate than us, as well as helping others who are working to change the world for the better. Volunteering while on vacation makes something that is great to begin with even more so. And adds a spiritual balance to the rest of your life.
I would like to thank everyone at the Pacific Whale Foundation and O’o Farm, Brenda, and especially Richard, Sunanda, and Dasa, who went out of their way to make my wife and I feel as if we’d known them forever, and whom we now consider forever friends.
Until next time . . .
Dear Ekolu and Puanani, I just wanted to say thank you for your welcome at the Honokowai site. I was really amazed at all of the work you have accomplished in stabilizing the site and preserving the native flora- it is definitely not common for archaeological sites to be treated with such love and respect. I hope that I managed to contribute a little something, even if it was just a tiny bit of weeding! If you ever need any help or contacts within the archaeology community, please let me know, and I will see what I can do- and please say hello to everyone at the site for me- it was great to meet all of them.
All the best,
P.S. A little note is on the way towards your family for their hospitality last weekend- but please let them know that my mother and I had a fantastic time and give them our thanks!