After a quick beach clean up on the west Maui Kaanapali beach, volunteers gathered together to help load supplies and equipment. After a quick beach load onto Trilogy 1, the volunteers and sponsors set off south towards Olowalu reef. As we motored south the weather began to improve. Halfway to Olowalu reef the weather flipped a 180 degrees from dark clouds and wind to perfect Maui weather. Everyone crawled back outside and lay in the sun for the remainder of the trip to Maui's mother reef, Olowalu. With the bad weather behind us, we arrived at Olowalu in perfect sunny weather. After mooring the boat, Volunteers jumped into the water with bags and scissors to search for trash and old fishing line. After Snorkeling and searching for trash while Olowalu, Volunteers and sponsors gathered back onto Trilogy 1. This Blue'aina trip was sponsored by the Hula grill! One of the best locations in Kaanapali, The Hula Grill is right on the water. The Hula Grill provided a delicious lunch of Chicken Sandwiches and wraps, signature hand made chips and a incredible Miso lime salad with a house vinaigrette. It was the perfect lunch and combination of food.
During lunch, the volunteers found a spot to sit and learn more about the Hula Grill. Katie, A PR & marketing representative, Shared a little about the company. The Hula Grill tries to give back to the community, something they call "Our legacy of Aloha" Over the past few years, Hula Grill has donated heavily to the Hawaii AG Foundation and the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. The restaurant is currently participating with a campaign being run by the Hawaii AG foundation called "Localicious" Localicious is a joint campaign in which over 65 restaurants are offering a "Localicious" dish and donating $1 to the campaign, which goes towards agricultural education and sustainability! The Hula Grill is also running "Chefs tasting Menu" which offers a 3 course meal where all the proceeds go to five different non-profit organizations.
After finishing up lunch, the recipent, The Student Ohana for Sustainability (SOS); shared with the group about their non-profit and promoting sustainability practices through community based educational projects and events. The SOS is a student run organization that helps projects like adopt-a-highway and solar tables. To learn more about the Student Ohana for sustainability, find them on Facebook.