The Hawaii Ecotourism Association (HEA) has named Trilogy Excursions its 2017 Tour Operator of the year and Trilogy’s Conservation and Education Director and First Mate, Magen Schifiliti, the Tour Guide of the Year. Additional categories awarded are Travel Writer and Kupa‘a Ho‘aloha (HEA Volunteer). The award recipients were honored at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 13th at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel.
On November 5th, 60 guests boarded Trilogy 1 with excitement on their faces for our monthly Blue’Aina trip. The November Blue’Aina was sponsored by Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort and Villas. They chose to make a donation to the Maui Nui Marine Resource Council (MNMRC). Food was provided by Aloha Mixed Plate/Old Lahaina Luau properties.
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On this Blue’Aina trip we got to do something we don’t normally do. We departed Ma’alaea Harbor on board Trilogy V and headed to the south shore of Maui. With a full boat of excited volunteers, everyone was anxious to malama a different part of Maui. The Corporate Sponsor for this trip was RP Signs, supporting the non-profit Imua Family Services. Food was provided by Trilogy Excursions.
Trilogy Excursions wins Pacific Business News Pineapple Award for Leaders in Attractions & Activities. The award was based on several criteria with the first being the accomplishments the company has achieved over the last five years, and the impact it has had on employees, guests, revenue, facilities and marketing.
This summer has brought a lot of excitement to the Hawaiian Islands with the recent return of Hokuea. The Hōkūleʻa is a replica of the traditional Polynesian voyaging canoes. She was first launched in March 1975. In 1976 she made her maiden voyage to Tahiti departing from Honolua Bay in Hawaii and returned. This voyage was completed exclusively using Polynesian voyaging techniques, such as star mapping, wind and weather, cloud formations, movement of currents, wave patterns, and the flight of birds.
With the start of the fall season, Trilogy is back to hosting floating workshops and reef cleanups. For the month of September, Trilogy hosted the non-profit Eyes of the Reef (EOR) for a workshop on coral health. The corporate sponsor was the Westin Nanea Ocean Villas and the food was provided by Trilogy Excursions.
As the sun sinks below the horizon and Earth enters into the golden corpuscular hour, groups of spinner dolphins make their way offshore into deep, dark blue water up to 1,000ft. They are on the hunt for prey. Working together in large groups they use clicks, squeaks, and echolocation to communicate with each other to find food.
Take a moment and think about all of the products you use or buy in one day. Now count the ones that are made of plastic or have a plastic component. Almost everything we use on a daily basis is composed of plastic. Plastic has become the product of our lives. Polyethylene, one of the most used plastics today was created in 1898.
Waikamoi Preserve provides an important sanctuary for hundreds of native Hawaiian plants and animals. It’s high elevation rain forest and alpine shrubland are home to 12 different native bird species, seven of them are endangered. The preserve shelters a large variety of native ferns, herbs, shrubs and trees that reflect the biodiversity of Maui. Many are rare plants unique to East Maui, including members of the Lobelia and Geranium families.
On May 7th, Trilogy was happy to host a sold out Blue’Aina reef cleanup with Corporate Sponsor Aloha Kayaks Maui supporting non-profit Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT). This month our beautiful spring weather allowed us to head up to Cliff House for our underwater reef cleanup. Cliff House is located at Namalu Bay in Kapalua. This bay is a popular spot for locals to cliff jump and swim in the shallow protected waters. Blue’Aina had not been to Cliff House in a few months so we were anticipating a good amount of trash and fishing line.
A voyage to Molokaʻi is extremely rare due to wind and wave conditions in the channel between the two islands. Every now and then, however, perhaps once a year, the wind and waves settle down enough to make the trek. Right away it was easy to see how this was a mini Molokini; crescent in shape, but teeming with marine life.
As the catamaran approaches Molokini crater and I peer down into the crystal clear turquoise water I tell the guests, “This is going to be a great day for snorkeling”. Questions about fish, coral, and marine life start to be asked and inevitably someone will ask, “Are there sharks here”? My response is always, “Yes, they live in the ocean”.