During December, all purchases of the "Gift of Life" appetizer at Fleetwood's on Front Street will help support Pacific Whale Foundation's whale research, public education and conservation programs to protect whales and the oceans, said Eric Waddell, general manager of the Lahaina restaurant.
Fleetwood's on Front Street is owned by rock and roll icon Mick Fleetwood of the band Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood is a Maui resident. The presence of the humpback whales in winter helped to inspire Fleetwood to make his home here on the Valley Isle.
"Our restaurant has, from day one, worked diligently with the Maui community to support causes important to us," said Fleetwood. "The whales, turtles, spinner dolphins and all the sea life here are so much a part of the sensibilities of what Maui is. I'm glad to have a small platform to contribute to the betterment and protection of the ocean environment as well as supporting education and information programs, all provided by Pacific Whale Foundation.
The "Gift of Life" appetizer changes daily, taking advantage of fresh fish, or special produce brought in fresh that day.
One hundred percent of the price of the $16 appetizer will go directly to Pacific Whale Foundation.
"Pacific Whale Foundation is immensely grateful to Mick Fleetwood and his team for supporting our work through the 'Gift of Life' program in December," said Greg Kaufman, founder and executive director of Pacific Whale Foundation. "This donation will help to support humpback whale research off Maui, our Be Whale Aware education program to prevent vessel-whale collisions, the marine education programs and school whale watch field trips that we offer to Maui schoolchildren, and our marine debris prevention programs, including our monofilament line collection and recycling program."
Fleetwood's, located on Front Street between Dickenson and Lahainaluna streets, is open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For information and reservations, call (808) 669-MICK (6425). Make reservations at OpenTable.com, or for more information, visit www.FleetwoodsOnFrontSt.com. Request "Gift of Life" appetizer when making reservations.