WEST MAUI - Honua Kai Resort & Spa and Duke's Beach House sponsored Trilogy's Blue 'Aina Sail on March 9 with a donation of $1,000 to the Monk Seal Foundation and a food sponsorship, respectively.
Blue 'Aina focuses on supporting local non-profits while cleaning the island's reefs and shorelines, raising awareness and educating community members about environmental initiatives.
Visitors, volunteers and staff joined in a reef cleanup snorkel sail leaving from Lahaina Harbor to the reef area in Olowalu.
Pictured (from left) behind the check are Andy Norris of Duke’s Beach House; Cortney Marquette, biologist and board member of the Monk Seal Foundation; and Steve Rose, general manager of Honua Kai Resort & Spa.
"We were so pleased to be able to partner in support of the Monk Seal Foundation for this event," said Steven Rose, Honua Kai Resort & Spa general manager.
"Unique to Hawaii and with an affinity to North Kaanapali Beach, the monk seal is dear to our hearts. With less than 1,100 in the wild and a population declining upwards of 4 percent per year, there's a clear need to help the Hawaiian monk seal now more than ever."
Trilogy hosts a Blue 'Aina cleanup on the first and third Sunday of every month. To sponsor a trip, corporations make a donation toward an environmentally or culturally minded nonprofit to serve as that month's recipients. For more information on Trilogy's Blue 'Aina program, visit blog.sailtrilogy.com/blueaina-program/.