Each year, Blue’Aina devotes one trip during Maui’s winter months for citizen science and education, typically focusing on the thousands of humpback whales that visit our warm waters. Kicking off 2019, our January Blue’Aina was hosted aboard the Trilogy I and delighted volunteers, non-profit recipients, and our sponsors to one truly epic educational Whale Watch!
Read about the exciting new partnership between Trilogy’s Blue’Aina campaign and our friends at Eat Less Plastic, a team of researchers and voyagers dedicated to changing the future. As they embark on a four month long journey through the South Pacific, their research teams (plus a new addition!) will gather microplastic samples and conduct other ocean water testing in an effort to do their part to better our beautiful Earth.
What does sunshine, 60 volunteers, coral reefs, and sailing have to do in common? Our June Blue’Aina, of course! Read all about our featured June non-profit organization, the Sierra Club Maui, and our generous sponsors, the Westin Nanea Ocean Villas and Trilogy Excursions, as we set sail up the coast of West Maui to the historic Cliff House!
Our March Blue‘Aina cleanup began with some unfortunate stormy weather that threatened to affix a raincloud over our day, but even that was no match for our volunteers’ outpouring of Aloha spirit. Sponsored by: Lehualani Center. Donation recipient: Kimokeo Foundation.
On January 7th, our 48 guests boarded Trilogy with extreme excitement for our first Blue‘Aina of 2018 - a recurring trip that has become such a crowd favorite that it sold out months in advance! Sponsored by Trilogy, their donation was made for the second year in a row to the Whale Trust Maui, a local non-profit organization. Our food for the day was graciously donated by CJ’s Deli & Diner.
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.
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.
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.