Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I am inspired by the support and interest shown to our project in these recent weeks. The benefit concert was a success and there have been more donations. Our basic operations cost about $10,000 per year, and we are well on the way to getting there. This year I hope to make us a more effective organization by raising much more so we can do a lot of things we have been dreaming about...video interviews, more documentation of cultural ties to the whales and oceans, curriculum materials, the web cam, etc. We have been invited to participate in the Ritz Carlton Environmental Program, which is now directed by Iokepa Naeole. Iokepa is an inspiring man of the ocean who, among other things, works with children on educational projects related to the oceans and the environment. See Iokepa on this trailer for the movie Message in the Waves, produced by BBC. I highly recommend this movie. As a result of the movie, many cities in England are banning plastic bags. Plastics are killing a lot of marine life. See the movie, please. It addresses the problems in the oceans, but it is very inspiring at the same time. Beautiful cinematography.