Maui’s most beloved wintertime visitor arrives to much fanfare. There are festivals, educational talks, and even an annual parade in honor of Hawaiʻi’s humpback whales! Here are just a few ways to get in on the action.
Run & Walk for the Whales
Māʻalaea Harbor Shops
300 Māʻalaea Rd., Māʻalaea
Go on, lace up those shoes and get your game face on. Join the Pacific Whale Foundation for the Run & Walk for the Whales on January 30 at Māʻalaea Harbor Shops, and chose from the 2.5-mile walk; or 5K, 10K, or half-marathon races.
Register at MauiWhaleFestival.org.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Hosted by Whale Trust Maui, the 10th annual Whale Tales fundraiser is an international gathering of scientists and conservationists who share their insights about Maui’s humpback whales. Held from February 12-15 at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, festivities include presentations, parties and a whale-watching cruise. Whale Tales supports research on Maui and across the Pacific.
Parade of Whales/World Whale Day
Kalama Park, Kīhei
For a different kind of whale watching, check out the Parade of Whales and World Whale Day on February 13 at Kalama Park in Kīhei. The parade starts at 9 a.m. and travels along S. Kīhei Road. Festivities from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Kalama Park in Kīhei include live entertainment, a children’s carnival, made-on-Maui artisans’ fair and environmental displays.
Great Whale Count
Calling all citizen scientists! The Pacific Whale Foundation is asking for your help to count and monitor humpback whales visible from various Maui’s shores during the Great Whale Count on February 27. Training and materials are provided.