In an ongoing effort to raise awareness toward protecting the island's reefs and shorelines, Trilogy Excursions will host a number of events in Maui County.
From 6 to 8 tonight, Trilogy will host a free Reef Environmental Education Foundation surveyor training course at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary building in Kihei.
Led by University of Hawaii-Maui College professor Donna Brown, students will learn how to conduct proper surveys to help gauge the health of the island's coral reefs.
Those who complete the course will be eligible for reserved seats on Trilogy's annual Blue'aina reef cleanup events as visiting citizen scientists. A link to sign up for the class can be found on the campaign's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/blueaina.
Blue'aina events run the first Sunday of every month, with two events slated for this upcoming month on Sunday (sold out) and March 17.
Food for these events is being provided by Stella Blues and Maui Flavors Catering.
In addition to conducting marine surveys and clearing reefs and shoreline of debris, the Blue'aina program, through partnership with corporate sponsors, raises funds for environmental nonprofits.
This year, more than $2,400 has been raised for the Hawaii Association for Marine Education and Research, as well as the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, thanks to the sponsorship of 3D Builders and Destination Maui Inc.
The two upcoming events in March will go toward supporting the Alaska Whale Foundation as well as the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, a California-based nonprofit with whom Trilogy is helping conduct the first baseline study of marine plastics in inshore Hawaiian waters.
On Saturday, Trilogy hosted an evening with Fred Sharpe of the Alaska Whale Foundation at the Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge at Koele and two more events are slated to take place on Lanai over the next couple of months as part of the Blue'aina goal of free educational outreach.
These events are being recorded and will air on Akaku: Maui Community Television.
For more information or to sponsor a program, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To keep posted on upcoming cleanup events, see the Trilogy Blue'aina Campaign Facebook page.
To sign up for future events, email sanctuary contact email@example.com or call the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary office at 879-2818.