Ocean Guardian Awards Gala set at Andaz Maui
The Surfrider Foundation’s Maui Chapter will honor leaders in environmental protection at the fourth annual Ocean Guardian Awards Gala from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12 at Andaz Maui in Wailea.
The annual fundraiser is a celebration of Surfrider Maui’s volunteers and supporters and the year’s accomplishments. Tickets are open to the public and available at maui.surfrider.org/ocean-guardians.
“Surfrider Maui is doing important work protecting our beloved ocean, beaches and reefs,” said Mike Ottman, chair for the Surfrider Foundation-Maui Chapter. “We invite anyone who loves the ocean to celebrate our victories with us, and learn how we as a community can continue to implement positive change.”
The evening will feature live music from ukulele performer Derick Sebastian, food from Andaz Maui, a silent auction, awards program, and the company of 200 ocean-loving community members.
Event attendees wishing to stay overnight at Andaz Maui will receive 10 percent off the published rate. Lyft will offer discounted rides to event attendees.
Surfrider Maui 2019 Ocean Guardian awardees:
• Ocean Athlete: Campbell Farrell — A waterman and big-wave surfer, Farrell has dedicated his life to caring for the environment and working for cleaner beaches and coastlines.
• Community Member: Lucienne de Naie — Living on a small East Maui farm, de Naie works as a freelance journalist, grant writer and historical researcher. She served on Surfrider Maui’s board of directors for 15 years, mostly as vice president. She has supported Surfrider in beach cleanups, writing testimony for coastal projects, and represented Surfrider on the Oneloa Coalition to create a master plan for Makena State Park.
• Business: Skyline Hawai’i — Skyline Hawai’i has been rooted in sustainability and protecting the natural environment since its inception in 2002. For 17 years, Skyline has been active participant in land and forest conservation work through its Skyline Conservation program, which has expanded to make a strong commitment to protect our oceans.
Surfrider Maui is actively seeking table sales, sponsorships and silent auction items. For more information on these opportunities, contact event chair Rebecca Pang at firstname.lastname@example.org.