An Afternoon Sail on the Four Winds II
A Splendid Time was had By All
submitted by Chuck Burke
Kahului Rotary Club's Afternoon Family Social aboard the Four Winds II
A TREMENDOUS MAHALO to everyone that helped with the first annual Rotary Club of Kahului whale watch snorkel cruise.
Even before we left Maalaea harbor, the 75 people aboard The Four Winds saw whales playing in the bay.
Getting underway about 1:40, the fun started almost immediately with a new born whale learning to breach. Full breaches by the baby caused us to stop and watch for about 20 minutes as the baby humpback strutted it's stuff and momma and an escort whale surfaced near by to offer support.
While it was windy, the ocean was pretty calm and made for a great ride. After applauding the baby whale we continued on our journey around Maalaea Bay only to be forced to stop by three more whales poking their heads out of the water to have a look at those funny looking creatures on the boat. Because of rules regarding the approach of the whales it was necessary for the Captain to cut the engines and we floated free while the three whales frolicked and entertained us within feet of the boat.
Taking advantage of the lull, the hard working crew of The Four Winds began preparing the grill for the sumptuous feast of burgers, chicken, hotdogs, veggie burgers, and chips that was soon to be served.
Meanwhile 75 happy people enjoyed natures show and the beauty of our Island home. Finally the whales got bored with us and moved on to find a more entertaining audience and we pulled into a protected cove off the Pali to swim, snorkel and have some food, frivolity and fellowship…..as folks snorkeled and swam, the show continued with adult whales doing full breaches in the distance much to the delight of those that chose to not get in the water.
After an opportunity for some Rotary fellowship, the Captain did a roll call and with all safely back aboard we headed once again into Maalaea Bay where yet another small pod of whales came within feet of our vessel causing the Captain to once again shut off the engines leaving us floating, watching the 6 whales watch us watching them.
Heading back to the harbor we stopped and watched the green sea turtles that reside just outside the harbor entrance…someone hollered LAST CALL, and as folks finished their drinks, we arrived safely home with smiles as wide as Kaupo Gap.
A note from Lisa ...
Now did we have fun or what?!? Pods of whales all over the place with one particularly frisky baby whale thrilling everyone on board. Plenty of food and drink, swimming and snorkeling. A turtle to decided to pay us a visit. Wow!
Huge heartfelt mahalo to Chuck Burke who coordinated our afternoon adventure! Thank you for your hard work that made the experience special! Thank you to everyone who sold tickets, bought tickets, and thank you to everyone who joined us!!
Proceeds from this event benefit the matching funds for the Rotary Foundation. As you may already know, our club matches a club member's contribution to the Rotary Foundation on a weekly basis (up to $40). Proceeds also benefit our Mike Lyons Scholarship fund.