On Sunday, February 21st, strong winds and rough seas didn’t deter 50 people from participating in Trilogy’s monthly Blua ‘Aina clean up. Weather conditions made for the decision to forgo an in-water reef cleanup and perform a dedicated harbor cleanup, collecting trash before it reached the ocean.
Lahaina harbor attracts thousands of people on a daily basis; some who do not share the same values for the ‘aina (land). Malama ‘Aina, is a deep rooted Hawaiian value which means to care for and nurture the land so it may provide for us and future generations. I consistently see cigarette butts, take away coffee cups and other trash discarded haphazardly in plants, tucked into seats or placed next to trash cans but not in them. While Trilogy provides a helpful platform, in the form of a catamaran, to conduct underwater reef cleanups it is just as important to do land based cleanups to protect the ‘aina.
After cleaning up the harbor our guests got a chance to set sail while enjoying peak whale watching. On board with us was Bill from NOAA Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary who taught us all about water quality. Just as Bill started sharing his knowledge, an adult humpback whale breached behind him. The whale breached continuously during the lesson, providing us with entertainment while learning.
Despite the windy weather it was another successful Blue ‘Aina. A big mahalo to our wonderful sponsors, volunteers, and crew and nonprofit recipients in the Blue ‘Aina Campaign. Hot breakfast and lunches were generously donated by The Sea House Restaurant. The corporate sponsor was Montage Kapalua Bay Hotel who graciously donated $1,000 to the nonprofit Charity Walk.
Our next trip March 6th is already sold out! With corporate sponsor Skyline Eco tours, food from Diamond Resorts and non-profit Pacific Cancer Foundation. To join the following Blue ‘Aina on Earth Day April 22nd call 408-569-7986 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation.