maui cigarette butt free beaches campaign

Show Your Support for Smoke-Free Beaches

Pacific Whale Foundation has been working to raise awareness about cigarette butt litter and to take steps to eliminate cigarette butts from polluting our beaches for nearly a decade. From providing education and outreach, free cigarette butt caddies and even conducting a study on the prevalence of butts on Maui beaches, we are working towards creating a cleaner, healthier ocean.

How can you get involved?

The quickest and easiest way to help out with Maui County smoke free beaches is to show your support by signing our petition to prohibit smoking tobacco in county parks and beaches.

Want to learn more?

Read our Smoke Free Beaches FAQ and learn more about the growing smoke free beach movement. As of January 2, 2014, there are 185 municipalities in the U.S. that have instituted smokefree beach laws.

Adopt Pa’ani the “playful” dolphin

On Friday, 01/24/2014 at 1:56 pm we had a resighting of Pa’ani, one of the dolphins in our Adopt a Dolphin program. She was part of a pod of seven bottlenose dolphins encountered by our Research Team.

Two of the dolphins were females with their young. Pa’ani had a juvenile dolphin tucked in next to her who was also seen with her last year.

“Pa’ani” means playful in Hawaiian. This dolphin is easily recognized by the distinct shape of the trailing edge of her dorsal fin.

With a donation of $25 or more, you can adopt Pa’ani, and in the process, you will be helping to support research, education and conservation programs to protect all dolphins and whales in the Pacific Ocean.

Find out more details about our whale and dolphin adoption program.

Only we humans make waste that nature can’t digest.”
— Charles Moore, Marine Researcher

Be the Change

Recycle Your Fishing Line and Protect the Ocean Habitat

Please don’t leave your fishing line behind. Recycle it!

Look for designated fishing line recycle bins when fishing. These bins area located at harbors, beach parks and boat ramps around Maui. If you aren’t near a bin, you can drop off old line at your nearest fishing supply store. Indoor and outdoor bins are regularly emptied, and the collected line is shipped to Berkley Fishing Supply for recycling.

Discarded lines can entangle and harm sea turtles, monk seals, seabirds and dolphins. Most fishing line is made of monofilament – a single-strand flexible plastic that won’t break down in the environment. Lost or littered line kills or injures thousands of marine animals each year.

Pacific Whale Foundation is a proud sponsor of program in partnership with the State of Hawaii Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation to help keep our oceans shorelines free of fishing lines. We do this by promoting and installing recycle fishing line bins at various locations around Maui.

Whale Experts Discuss Orca Captivity and the Blackfish Documentary

KAOI radio host Cindy Paulos interviews guests Greg Kaufman (Founder and Executive Director of Pacific Whale Foundation), Manny Oteyza (Producer of the documentary Blackfish) and Howard Garrett (Co-founder and Executive Director of Orca Network) in a thought-provoking discussion about orca whales in captivity.

Requesting your immediate action: sign this petition to free Lolita from captivity >