Posts in Blue'Aina
Protecting Our Paradise Through Education, Outreach, and Aloha: My Final Excursion in Fiji

Someone recently asked me, “Did you find paradise in Fiji?” I feel paradise is a state of being not a place. It looks different to every person. Traveling around Fiji afforded me the opportunity to surrounded myself with like-minded individuals working towards a sustainable future. I saw beautiful places and met some of the nicest strangers. This to me, is paradise.

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Plastic Free July

Living plastic-free isn’t easy. If you’ve ever tried living a single-use plastic- free life, you probably started out confident, but then quickly realized that it was actually very difficult. It’s a great reminder of the amount of plastic waste we have in our lives.

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Blue'Aina with Eat Less Plastic and Aloha Kayaks Maui

Read all about our March Blue’Aina with Aloha Kayaks Maui (a returning sponsor!) and a non-profit that is near and dear to our hearts, Eat Less Plastic! Epic sunshine, views of the West Maui mountains, and crystal clear waters made for a perfect reef cleanup out on the water!

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Blue'Aina with Malama Kai Foundation and Trilogy Excursions

A stormy start to our winter season here in Maui cut us a little break for our February 3rd underwater reef cleanup with Trilogy’s Blue’Aina and the Malama Kai Foundation! With some extra whale watching fun to boot, our volunteers set sail to Olowalu Reef for a day full of sun and fun (and cleaning!).

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Blue'Aina with Whale Trust Maui and Wiki Wiki Solar & Electric

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!

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LANA'I BLUE'AINA WITH AMERICAN REEF COALITION & WAILEA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

The annual December Lana’i ocean & land Blue’Aina was a roaring success, blessed with beautiful sunny weather, eager volunteers, and 15 bags of trash collected! Read all about our fabulous sponsor and non-profit organizations, and our little surprise welcome into Manele Harbor on Lana’i!

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Blue'Aina with “Love the Sea” and the Westin KOR

A day filled with inspiration and aloha, for our September Blue’Aina reef cleanup we partnered with ocean-loving non-profit, Love the Sea, and the Westin KOR - back for an impressive third sponsorship! Full hearts (and full trash bags) make for a genuine Blue’Aina success.

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An Ocean Voyage with Eat Less Plastic & Trilogy's Blue'Aina Campaign

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.

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Blue'Aina with Surfrider Foundation & Maui Hotel and Lodging Association

Our September Blue’Aina reef cleanup brought dolphins, sunny skies and all the aloha! This beautiful day in our tropical little paradise was a much needed outing after August’s threat of Hurricane Lane. We love this ‘aina with all our hearts!

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Blue'Aina with Sierra Club Maui & Westin Nanea Ocean Villas

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!

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Blue'Aina with Malama Kai Foundation and Trilogy

We lucked out with sunny skies, lots of smiles, and the most positive attitudes aboard our May 6th Blue’Aina event.  Read about our underwater reef cleanup at Coral Gardens, with our sponsor, Trilogy Excursions, and our non-profit recipient for May, the Malama Kai Foundation!

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Blue'Aina with Hawaiian Wildlife Fund & Fairmont Kea Lani

Always wanting to malama the aina, Trilogy Excursions has been a long time participant in Earth Day events, and for the last 5 years, the Fairmont Kea Lani has personally requested an Earth Day Blue’Aina, sponsoring the non-profit Hawaii Wildlife Fund.

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Blue'Aina with Skyline Eco-Adventures & Punana Leo o Maui

Despite the rough weather this winter, we were thankfully met with the flattest, calmest of seas and sunshine. Our corporate sponsor, Skyline Eco-Adventures brought some eager volunteers to our sold out cleanup day, along with their donation of $1,000 to non-profit Punana Leo o Maui.

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Voluntourism: A Green-Minded Match Made in Heaven!

High five, its vacation time! As you begin to dream of mai tai’s on the beach and how many swimsuits to pack for Maui, we want to introduce you to a new (heartwarming) trend that’s hitting the travel industry today – Voluntourism!

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Blue'Aina with Lehualani Center & the Kimokeo Foundation

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.

 

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BLUE'AINA WITH ALOHA KAYAKS MAUI & OCEANWIDE SCIENCE INSTITUTE

Early last week, we took to the seas (and land!) again for our February 4th Blue‘Aina trip, hosting the non-profit organization Oceanwide Science Institute, and sponsored by one of our repeat favorites, Aloha Kayaks Maui.

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Blue'Aina with Whale Trust Maui and CJ's Diner & Deli

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.

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Blue'Aina with MNMRC, Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort & Villas, & Aloha Mixed Plate

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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Blue'Aina Makena Clean-up with RP Signs & Imua Family Services

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

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