Ocean count training Friday

LIHUE — The sanctuary ocean count volunteer training and whale lecture will take place from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. Friday at Kukui Grove Center to open the third week of the Kauai OceanFest celebration.

“All first-time volunteers to the ocean count that is scheduled to take place Feb. 23, the last Saturday of the month, are required to undergo this training,” said Jean Souza, Kauai programs coordinator for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

Traditionally, the ocean count training takes place the Saturday ahead of the count.

Following the training and lecture, the OceanFest continues with an “All Things Honu” presentation by turtle research scientist Camryn Allen at 6 p.m.

Saturday will feature an ocean-safety presentation by Kauai Fire Department Water Safety Officer David Duncan at 11 a.m. This will be followed by activities from 1 to 3 p.m. and includes Hokule‘a model-building with Steve Soltysik.

Saturday evening at 7 will be the screening of “Moanaulakea: One Ocean, One People, One Canoe,” directed by Na‘alehu Anthony.

OceanFest, with a theme of “The Ocean That Connects Us,” is a collaborative-effort festival that invites the community to celebrate and explore the ocean.

Its activities through Feb. 23 are free.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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