The Ocean Around Us is a new ocean themed festival to be held at Kukui Grove from January 19-February 17. Events are free and open to the public and include visiting speakers, panel discussions, informational displays, documentary screenings, keiki and ʻohana activities and a poster contest to promote awareness, exploration and understanding of the diverse aspects of Kauaʻi’s ocean environment.
There’s a full schedule on the poster below but for example on Saturday, January 20th from 10:00 am to Noon you can join Jean Souza, of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary for a Free Training and Humpback Whale Lecture for new volunteers who wish to take part in the Sanctuary Ocean Count on Kauai on January 27th. This will be the first shore based count of humpback whales and other marine creatures this season.
Also on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm there will be a public showing of Award winning movie Humpback Whales by documentary filmmakers MacGillivray Freeman Films. With footage filmed in Hawaii, Tonga and Alaska and narrated by Ewan McGregor this movie incorporates impossible photography, entertaining music, and an instructional narrative! It’s also appropriate for all ages.
After the film keiki are invited to take part in a “Make and Take” Whale and Fish craft activity at 3:00 pm, there’s also an Kinolau O Kanaloa Poster Contest for students K-12.
And that’s just one day!
All the events will take place at Kukui Grove Center suite E10, directly behind the Exhibition area (between Kauai Film Academy and Deja Vu Surf). And if you’d like to find out more you can call 977-8677, or visit Kukui Grove’s website by clicking on their name.