The Inaugural (AMPFest) Aloha Maui “Mixed Plate” Video Fest

The Inaugural Aloha Maui “Mixed Plate” Video Fest (AMPFest) is less than two weeks away. We’re working with Aidan James and Ekolu Kalama and it should be a fantastic lineup. In addition to our local greats, we’ll have musicians from Germany, China, Portugal, France, India, The Phillipines and the mainland. It’s all about spreading the Aloha Spirit around the world. The event is May 15th. Here’s the intro video:

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The Aloha Project: Words, Music and Compassion

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“Grow The Change” Work Day at “Ka Hale A Ke Ola” with “Rumi” and friends.

Aloha Folks,

Our overall intention is to establish a communication and resource network.

The campaign actually has three interlocking components. Firstly the Video Fest (which will be a weekly online broadcast) and will showcase diverse bands from around the world with Hawaiian Culture and music as it’s centerpiece thusly perpetuating the Spirit of Aloha and create a worldwide bond between socially and politically conscious bands from around the world. We will also be working with the “Music is the Medicine” Foundation. Musicians in the festival include representatives from Portugal, India, Germany, The Phillipines, the UK, and various and sundry other parts of the world, including Texas.

Secondly there is our fledgling publication Mauisalt Magazine, a quarterly publication which we hope to use as a vehicle to:

1. Promote Hawaiian Culture through its connection to the Ocean

2. Promote the Video Fest and…

3. Serve as an outreach for the many native people who have found themselves homeless on Maui and the Other Hawaiian Islands.

And thirdly, to help establish a warrior sanctuary for sufferers of PTSD (hopefully to be named the Queen Kaahumanu Center, given permission).

Indiegogo Link: http://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/f38eceb8

Mauisalt Magazine:

http://noisetrade.com/service/widgetv2/0184c4ba-6c08-44ac-a182-d1a837a5243b

Exploring the Hidden Culture in Hawaii, Nat. Geo. 02/2015

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A wonderful and painfully true story of perseverance, respect, honor and resilience. The author, John Lancaster, speaks with Uncles of Old, the troubled youth, and about the ongoing shame of homelessness and alienation in the Hawaiian Islands.

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/hawaiian-renaissance/lancaster-text

Academia and Surfing

Academia and Surfing

Although tens of thousands of recreational surfers have enrolled in colleges and universities over the decades, and coastal-area college surf teams and clubs have been around since the mid-1960s, surfing and the academy have had little effect on each other, and connections between the two are still for the most part regarded as novel, quirky, or gently amusing. Just a small number of well-known surfers have earned graduate degrees of one kind or another, including Ricky Grigg (Ph.D., oceanography, Scripps Institution, 1970), Peter Cole (M.S., informational sciences, University of Hawaii, 1971), and Sarah Gerhardt (Pd.D, physical chemistry, UC Santa Cruz, 2003).

The number of first-rate academics who also surf is proportionally small, and includes Kary Mullis, a San Diego longboarder and 1994 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry; the late Donald Cram, another San Diego surfer, who earned his chemistry Nobel in 1987; and Garrett Lisi, yet another San Diegan, and the brains behind the physics-based “Theory of Everything.” It is estimated, meanwhile, that between one-third and one-half of the world pro tour’s top 44 surfers in any given season are high school dropouts.

Continued: http://encyclopediaofsurfing.com/entries/academia-and-surfing

One of the First Known Photographs of a Surfer…

 One of the First Known Photographs of a Surfer with his Board, c. 1890. Courtesy Bishop Museum Archive.
One of the First Known Photographs of a Surfer with his Board, c. 1890. Courtesy Bishop Museum Archive.

In 1851, the Reverend Henry T. Cheever observed surfing at Lahaina, Maui and wrote about it in his book, Life in the Hawaiian Islands, The Heart of the Pacific As it Was and Is.

“It is highly amusing to a stranger to go out to the south part of this town, some day when the sea is rolling in heavily over the reef, and to observe there the evolutions and rapid career of a company of surf-players. [The sport of surfing] is so attractive and full of wild excitement to the Hawaiians, and withal so healthy, that I cannot but hope it will be many years before civilization shall look it out of countenance, or make it disreputable to indulge in this manly, though it be dangerous, pastime.”

Pull the rail toward perfect trim…

Thomas Green snapped this photo of Dane Flinn fading left on his 9’2 Surf Thump.
Thomas Green snapped this photo of Dane Flinn fading left on his 9’2 Surf Thump.

fade

 

knowing the wave

so well as

to turn left

and fade

on a right breaking face

 

knowing

 

drop knee turn

in the trough

and pulling the rail high

and toward trim,

a clean line

and a rocket sleigh ride through the section

 

knowing

 

the elasticity of a rubber band and

the distance it can stretch

before it breaks

 

knowing

 

the elasticity of life

and pushing

’til you know

enough

and when

to pull the rail toward perfect trim

 

© 2002 philip scott wikel

Pacific Whale Foundation’s Great Whale Count

wylderPacific Whale Foundation’s Great Whale Count

Join Pacific Whale Foundation researchers and volunteers for this annual citizens’ count of the humpback whales that can be viewed from Maui’s coastline. During this count, you’ll learn more about whales and whale research methods, and you’ll meet others who share your interest in whales. There’s no cost to participate, and all the equipment is provided.

If you are interested in volunteering, visit Pacific Whale Foundation’s volunteer website.

Click on “SIGN UP!” and create your own username and password. Please do not choose any events until you have received an email confirmation that your username and password have been accepted. You can then login again to select the events and shifts that you want.

Registration for this event opens in mid-January. Due to the scientific nature of this event, the number of volunteers Pacific Whale Foundation can accept at each site is limited and positions fill up quickly. Thanks for your support and happy counting!

Date: Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Time: 7:30 am to 12:00 pm

Email: stephaniecurrie@pacificwhale.org

Website: www.mauiwhalefestival.org/events/great-whale-count-1

30 Famous Quotes about the Ocean

rumiThe sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can’t. Christopher Paolini

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. -Jacques Cousteau

Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away. Sarah Kay

Hark, now hear the sailors cry / smell the sea, and feel the sky / let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic. Van Morrison

Total physical and mental inertia are highly agreeable, much more so than we allow ourselves to imagine. A beach not only permits such inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt. It is now the only place in our overly active world that does. -John Kenneth Galbraith

It’s hard for me to put into words why I like the beach so much. Everything about it is renewing for me, almost like therapy… Beach Therapy. -Amy Dykens

A pool just isn’t the same as the ocean. It has no energy. No life. Linda Gerber

I spent uncounted hours sitting at the bow looking at the water and the sky, studying each wave, different from the last, seeing how it caught the light, the air, the wind; watching patterns, the sweep of it all, and letting it take me. The sea. Gary Paulsen

The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach. -Henry Beston

I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought. -Helen Keller

“Doesn’t it seem to you,” asked Madame Bovary, “that the mind moves more freely in the presence of that boundless expanse, that the sight of it elevates the soul and gives rise to thoughts of the infinite and the ideal?” Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

The ocean is a place of skin, rich outer membranes hiding thick juicy insides, laden with the soup of being. Vera Nazarian

What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams. -Werner Herzog

When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused. -Rainer Maria Rilke

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it’s always ourselves we find in the sea. -e.e. cummings

And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came.  John F. Kennedy

The ocean makes me feel really small and it makes me put my whole life into perspective… it humbles you and makes you feel almost like you’ve been baptized. I feel born again when I get out of the ocean. -Beyoncé Knowles

But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of ocean. -H. P. Lovecraft

There was a magic about the sea. People were drawn to it. People wanted to love by it, swim in it, play in it, look at it. It was a living thing that was as unpredictable as a great stage actor: it could be calm and welcoming, opening its arms to embrace it’s audience one moment, but then could explode with its stormy tempers, flinging people around, wanting them out, attacking coastlines, breaking down islands. Cecelia Ahern

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think. -Robert Henri

At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.-Anonymous

My soul is full of longing / For the secret of the sea, / And the heart of the great ocean / Sends a thrilling pulse through me. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The use of sea and air is common to all; neither can a title to the ocean belong to any people or private persons, forasmuch as neither nature nor public use and custom permit any possession therof. -Elizabeth I, Queen of England

The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace. -Kate Chopin

I felt the full breadth and depth of the ocean around the sphere of the Earth, back billions of years to the beginning of life, across all the passing lives and deaths, the endless waves of swimming joy and quiet losses of exquisite creatures with fins and fronds, tentacles and wings, colourful and transparent, tiny and huge, coming and going. There is nothing the ocean has not seen. Sally Andrew

The waves of the sea help me get back to me. -Jill Davis

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent. -Dave Barry

I couldn’t imagine living in a state that didn’t reach the ocean. It was a giant reset button. You could go to the edge of the land and see infinity and feel renewed. Avery Sawyer

Whale Photo Safari with Pacific Whale Foundation – Lahaina

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Join Pacific Whale Foundation for a whale photography workshop at sea. Whether you are a novice or an experienced photographer, this unique hands-on adventure will help you learn and practice expert techniques for photographing whales and other wildlife. Bring your own digital camera, or rent one (Canon PowerShot) from our Ocean Store.

This cruise is timed to include the golden light of sunset and is led by a Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist and a photographer from Pacific Whale Foundation’s Adventure Photo staff. During your three hour cruise, you’ll discover the most effective camera settings for our local conditions at sea. You’ll also learn about proven digital photo techniques to maximize each opportunity presented by the whales that you encounter.

We’ll also take a break from photography to drop an underwater hydrophone into the water to listen to live whale songs. Book online www.pacificwhale.org/content/whale-photo-safari-lahaina or call 808-249-8811 ext. 1 anytime between 6am-9pm. Discounts available for PWF members and for kama’aina.

Date: Sunday, December 7th, 2014 to Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Time: 8:00 am to 11:00 am

Email: anne@pacificwhale.org

Website: www.pacificwhale.org

Pacific Whale Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting appreciation, understanding, and protection of whales, dolphins, coral reefs, and our planet’s oceans. This is accomplished by educating the public — from a scientific perspective — about the marine environment. Pacific Whale Foundation supports and conducts responsible marine research and addresses marine conservation issues in Hawaii and the Pacific. Through educational ecotours, Pacific Whale Foundation models and promotes sound ecotourism practices and responsible wildlife watching.