In this E-Letter:

  • TONIGHT AT 9PM ON PBS! Watch Julia Louis-Dreyfus Receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (link provided here)!

  • SB Shellfish Company Supports HTO 

  • Tavarua, Fiji--a trip of a lifetime!

  • Hillary Hauser's Santa Book for sale now-- a portion of proceeds benefits HTO!

  • HTO Event 2018 Photos are Here -- check out our Facebook page!

  • Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Julia - Mark Twain Prize - Tonight!
(And Watch Jack Johnson Sing "Better Together")

Julia Louis-Dreyfus receiving the 21st Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Credit: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts / The New York Times

Julia Louis-Dreyfus receiving the 21st Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Credit: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts / The New York Times

You don’t want to miss HTO's famous Advisory Board members Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jack Johnson on stage tonight at 9 p.m. local time for the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

On Saturday, October 20, 2018, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the most prestigious award in comedy, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC. This huge event was attended by pals and co-stars – including our beloved rock music magician Jack Johnson singing “Better Together” on stage.

You can watch it on your iPad or computer on PBS's live stream!

A Great Offer from SB Shellfish Company to Benefit HTO


Through the end of November 2018, you can buy a ticket to dine at theShellfish Company for half price... and benefit Heal the Ocean at the same time!

Owners Tom White & Adam White are once again making this great offer through Central Coast Dining. Through the end of November, you can buy your ticket on, and use that ticket any time before the end of February 2019. Each ticket is $30, but is worth $60 to spend on food and drinks at the restaurant, and 10% of all proceeds benefit HTO! The Shellfish Co. is the atmospheric total-fish house on the end of Stearns Wharf. Thank you Tom and Adam White!

Give a Fabulous Gift to Yourself & a Friend this Holiday Season...

a Trip to Tavarua, Fiji!


Treat yourself or a friend this holiday season with the gift of a lifetime--a trip to Tavarua, Fiji! With two great time windows for travel, November 2018-February 2019 OR November 2019-February 2020! This is a week of pure paradise and relaxation.

Make the great escape to your own Tavarua Island Resort beach bungalow (“buré”) for 7 nights. When you aren’t in the crystal blue water or relaxing on the sandy white beaches, you can hop aboard one of the panga boats for surfing, fishing, snorkeling, or make day trips to nearby islands. Or, have a massage by the pool. Or…you can find a private spot anywhere on the island beach for solace and meditation.

Tavarua Island is a small, heart-shaped island in Nadi Bay. The Resort is known for its environmental work on the island and in neighboring island villages. 
Pack your swimsuit and your snorkel; this is a trip you won’t want to miss!

Read the information below and contact Alison Thompson at the HTO office if you are interested in this fabulous opportunity( or (805) 965-7570). You might be surprised how fast you'll find yourself on the Island because of the great Tavarua crew that handles ALL of your travel arrangements and works with you to ensure quick and easy scheduling!


One Week Vacation on Tavarua, Fiji Package for 2 Adults Includes:

• 7 Nights at the Tavarua Island Resort

• 3 Gourmet Buffet-Style Meals per Day

• Boat use for Daily Activities (Surfing, Fishing, Snorkeling, Day Trips to Nearby Islands) & Island Transfers


  • Offer valid from November 2018-February 2019 OR from November 2019-February 2020 based upon availability. Excludes holiday weeks for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

  • Also not included: Taxi (ground), Helicopter Transfers, Bar Items, Boutique Items, Wifi, and Massage. All Sales Final. No refunds or exchanges.

  • Airfare not included.

(Thank you Tavarua Island Resort/David and Jeannie Clark!)

Hillary Hauser's Santa Book is for Sale!

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“The Truth About Santa Claus” is a delightful book for children and adults alike – and at $10.99 is a great gift to take to your friends during the holidays. It’s a clever way to explain Santa Claus to children and it is fun for everybody to see how Santa gets “put together” by all the qualities represented by the Jolly Old Elf.

The book was written and illustrated in 1949 by HTO Executive Director Hillary Hauser’s mother and aunt, who made the book to read to their children. Hillary went to work with HTO’s talented graphic designer Debbie Bellman of Bellman Design to colorize the art, which was almost lost in a faded Xeroxed copy unearthed in the bottom of a box of papers.
The book is available on, and a portion of sales benefits Heal the Ocean!

Photos From Heal the Ocean's 2018 Event are Here! Have a Look-Through to See How we Celebrated Our 20th Birthday!

All photos by Priscilla.

All photos by Priscilla.

Heal the Ocean’s 20th Birthday Celebration on October 27, 2018 was the most fun, EVER! What a great group gathered at the El Paseo, with our wonderful sponsors and friends, politicos and supporters mingling in a party that netted a wonderful sum to support our work! Great celebratory tributes came from County Fire Chief (Ret.) Eric Peterson,  City Fire Chief (Ret.)Pat McElroy, our beloved state senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, and our Honorary Chair Julia Louis-Dreyfus blew us a kiss from her dressing room at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she was being honored with the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor (airing on PBS tonight, Monday, November 19, 2018!).

Music by Jason Libs got everyone on their feet, dancing and hopping – and surprise musical performances were given by HTO Public Outreach director Ruston Slager on piano; surfer/musicians Denny Aaberg & Simone Reddingius on guitars, and HTO Executive Director Hillary Hauser on piano – and some other impromptu rock-out performances that came from members in the audience. The beautiful room was created by HTO Event Manager Heather Hudson and her committee – Shannon Trotta and HTO Operations Coordinator Alison Thompson. The Live Auction was conducted by Los Angeles auctioneer Rick Werner, who had video assist on one of the items by Jack Johnson. HTO is so proud of the fact that both Jack said to red carpet interviewers at Kennedy Center that he knew Julia because of their mutual love and work for the environment – and because “we are both advisory board members for Heal the Ocean.” Wheee!

To view the Event photos, please check out our Facebook page (or click on the above photo).

Happy Thanksgiving to All!


We hope you have a great Holiday with family and friends this week. Big thanks to all our wonderful donors who have made 2018 the mostwonderful year in our history!

And while we are thankful, we send prayers to those who have gone through devastating losses in the California fires, and to those without homes. To help those who have been affected by this devastation, please check out this article