Our annual Online Auction to benefit the Keiki Whalewatch program is coming up this Saturday! Funds raised from this auction allow us to take keiki out on educational, private whale watches and inspire a connection to humpback whales and other marine life. The auction is a great way to find valuable and unique items, often at bargain prices, while supporting this great cause. With over 100 items to choose from, there is quite a range of selection and it is important to us to make sure the items align with our conservation values. Featured this week are some of our wonderful auction items and the ways in which they are eco-friendly. 

In-Home Lotion Making Class 

You and three of your friends will learn how to make your very own handmade lotion from all organic ingredients in the comfort of your own home and never need another plastic lotion bottle again! The class is lead by PWF’s Special Events & Development Coordinator Caitlin Miller, who will also share tips on reducing waste and single-use plastics in your day to day life. This experience includes all materials.

Dine on Local Cuisine

Many of the restaurants featured in our auction, like Humble Market Kitchin, Cane & Canoe, Mill House, South Maui Fish Co., and Monkeypod, focus on serving fresh, local food. Eating local food supports the local economy and is better for the environment, as food is not shipped thousands of miles. Also, A+ for those who use paper gift certificates instead of plastic!

Handmade Crocheted Whale

This adorable handmade crocheted whale, made by our Youth Education Specialist Becca Lewis, is Lily Sugar n’ Cream 100% cotton yarn and stuffed with Organic Cotton Plus 100% Organic Raw Cotton Fiber. The yarn is made in Canada with cotton grown in the USA and the cotton fiber is grown on a certified organic farm in Texas. 

Sustainable Sushi at Sea

This cruise is meant to offer passengers an enjoyable time on the water while also educating them about sustainable seafood practices. Fish stocks around the world are being depleted and fishing gear is a major health concern for marine animals but there are better ways we can harvest fish that don’t jeopardize the health and sustainability of the ocean. Throughout the cruise, our Certified Marine Naturalists share detailed information our “Choose Sustainable Seafood” recommendations and the sustainable seafood practices of each offering as it is served to standing room guests. This trip is limited to only 60 guests on a 147 passenger, ultra-smooth catamaran for a more intimate and attentive event and includes complimentary sake, wine, cocktails and beer to enjoy with your delicious pupu, sushi, and sunset views. 

Haleakala Zipline by Skyline Eco-Adventures

Skyline Eco-Adventures was the first zipline company in the U.S. and has been heavily involved in conservation projects since its beginning in 2002, with a mission to provide a safe and exciting means for seeing and experiencing the natural wonder of the Hawaiian Islands, while always aiding in the preservation and perpetuation of the islands’ unique land and culture, so that they may retain their body and spirit for all future generations. They support local conservation organizations and have been planted 1000s of native Hawaiian trees over the past 17 years, many of which you can view as you soar through them at their Haleakalā location.

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Items That Incorporate Reuse

The first rule of conservation is Reduce. The next is Reuse, and that’s exactly what these items are all about. Watch as this regular ole surfboard is transformed by our Graphics Artist Racheal Lallo into a work of art. You can hang it up on your wall or show it off as you ride the waves in style. We also have custom made water fountains that utilize bottles from local company Ocean Vodka and Jeff Bridges wine “Be Here Soon” from Ledson Winery.  

Visit pacificwhale.org/auction today to see more unique auction items that benefit the Keiki Whalewatch program. The auction runs Nov 9-18.

Posted by:Alicia Wood

Alicia joined Pacific Whale Foundation in 2018 as communications coordinator, after graduating from the University of Hawaii Maui College with a degree in Sustainable Science Management.

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