Posted on: November 18, 2011



Pacific Whale Foundation Announces Maui Whale Festival Events

Pacific Whale Foundation has announced the major events for the 2011-2012 Maui Whale Festival. The Maui Whale Festival is a six-month series of events that celebrate and honor the thousands of humpback whales that migrate to Maui each winter.The festival begins in late November and continues through mid-May. Featured events include “Welcome Home the Whales” celebration cruises, a paddle board and kayaking event, a golf tournament, a fun run, free lectures, a citizens’ count of whales and an all-day celebration in the park, newly named “World Whale Day,” (formerly Whale Day.)

“The recovery of the North Pacific humpback whale population, from the dark days of the 1960s when the population had dwindled to fewer than 1,600 animals, to today, when the population is estimated to include 22,000 animals or more, is one of the great conservation success stories of our time,” says Toula Vivilakis, Event Coordinator at Pacific Whale Foundation. “Maui is the principal mating and calving area of North Pacific humpback whales in the United States. It is the place of new beginnings for the next generation of whales. Through fun and educational events, the Maui Whale Festival raises awareness about these cherished marine mammals and inspires the public to care for the vital and unique whale habitat encompassed by the four islands of Maui County.”

Pacific Whale Foundation is the principal sponsor and host of the Maui Whale Festival. The nonprofit organization, based on Maui for 32 years, has grown the festival in size and scope over time. “It all started with a simple one-day celebration in the park with people coming together to share music and food in honor of the whales,” says Vivilakis. “Now it has grown to include more than 30 events and special cruises.”

The events planned for the Maui Whale Festival are listed chronologically, by month, below. Additional events are being added, so please check www.mauiwhalefestival.org for additional information, or call Pacific Whale Foundation at 808-249-8811 ext. 1.

Saturday, November 26, 2011
Welcome Home the Whales – Celebration Cruises
Join Pacific Whale Foundation in welcoming home the migrating humpback whales to Maui on a special celebratory whalewatch cruise with Pacific Whale Foundation’s research team.  Three whalewatch cruises will be offered:  Departures are from Ma’alaea Harbor at 9:00 am and at 11:30 am and from Lahaina Harbor at 11:30 am.  Sightings are guaranteed, or you get a ticket for a free whalewatch that can be used anytime during the season.  $24.95 per person.  Kids ages 6 and under go free (one child per paying adult.)  Children ages 7 to 12 are $17.  Each party receives a free whale poster and color whalewatch guide. Free Jr. Naturalist Program for kids. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. Book online and save 10%. Visit www.pacificwhale.org, or call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1

Saturday, November 26, 2011
Welcome Home the Whales – Pacific Whale Foundation’s Open House
The public is invited to enjoy refreshments and an open house at Pacific Whale Foundation’s headquarters in Ma’alaea from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. Tour Pacific Whale Foundation’s research labs, education classrooms and meet the research team and staff.  Pacific Whale Foundation is located at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops, next to Maui Ocean Center, off Route 30 (Honoapi'ilani Highway) in Ma'alaea. The mailing address is 300 Ma'alaea Road, Suite 211, Wailuku, HI 96793. For information, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.

Saturday, November 26, 2011
Welcome Home the Whales -- Flame Fired Artisan Pizza Lunch Special at Porto
|In celebration of the return of the whales, the new Ma’alaea restaurant Porto will be holding a lunch special for all who participate in a Welcome Home the Whales whalewatch cruises. The special will feature Porto’s flame-fired artisan pizzas made with local and organic ingredients. Welcome Home the Whales cruise ticket holders will receive a lunch ticket entitling them to 32% off (in honor of Pacific Whale Foundation’s 32 years as a nonprofit) on all food and beverages between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.  Porto is located at the Harbor Shops at Ma’alaea, adjacent to Maui Ocean Center. For menu, prices, reservations and information, call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through May 15
Free Onsite Coral Reef Naturalist Program
Visit Pacific Whale Foundation’s free Coral Reef Information Station at Ulua Beach in Wailea to learn the names of the fish you'll see while snorkeling. Ulua Beach is perfect for beginning snorkelers and this information station is a great place to learn about the reef and how you can protect it as you explore it. Sponsored by Hawaii Tourism Authority. Open 8 am to 11:30 am. For information, call 808) 249-8811 ext. 1.

 

From December 11, 2011 – April 30, 2012
Trail of the Whale: Free Whale Information Stations
Pacific Whale Foundation naturalists and volunteers will be stationed at three locations along Maui’s coast to help you locate whales from shores. They’ll share with you the best techniques for spotting these amazing marine mammals from Maui's shorelines, have binoculars and scopes to help you get a better view, along with models and marine artifacts for hands-on exploration. You’ll also get answers to your questions about whales, geography and natural history. Free and open to all. Part of Maui Whale Festival. Offered December 11, 2011 – April 30, 2012.
 
Offered at these locations. Please note specified dates and times:

Papawai Point
Offered daily, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Watch whales at this popular scenic overlook off Honoapi’ilani Highway (Route 30) located approximately 3 miles northwest of Ma’alaea Harbor. For information, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
Wailea Marriott
Offered Tuesday and Thursdays 7:30 to 11:30 am
View whales along the Ocean Path in front of the Wailea Marriott, off Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea. For information, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
Maui Ocean Club
Offered Wednesdays and Fridays 7:30 to11:30 am
Marriot’s Maui Ocean Club, locatedon Kaanapali Beach, is the site of the “Trail of the Whale” Marine Naturalist Station on Maui’s westside. The station is located along the oceanfront pedestrian path fronting the resort. For information, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
An additional location to view whales is the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center, located at 726 S. Kihei Road, Kihei. Open Mondays through Fridays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Sanctuary staff and volunteers provide free information about whales. Reservations not required. For information, call (808) 879-2818.
 
The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary also offers free information on sea turtles, coral reefs, fish and whales at the Grand Wailea Ocean Path, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Wednesdays. In addition, the Sanctuary will offer another free information site at the boardwalk at Whaler’s Village in Ka’anapali on Thursdays, from 9 am to 1 pm. For information, call (808) 879-2818. 
 
To learn more about the Maui Whale Festival, please visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org.
 
Stand Up for the Whales
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Get your paddle on! Be part of a “paddle powered pod” at this Maui Whale Festival event for paddlers, including kayakers and stand-up paddlers. Enjoy a 3.2 mile group paddle along the beautiful South Maui coast, starting at Haycraft Park in Ma’alaea at 8 am and ending at Kenolio Park in Kihei. Paying participants will receive a free Pacific Whale Foundation rash guard and medallion, and will be entered in prize drawings and giveaways. Entry fee: $50 for adults; $42 for Pacific Whale Foundation Members. Youth (ages 12 – 15) are $40. Children under age 12 are free, but must be accompanied by a legal guardian (and will not receive the free rash guard.)  Parent waiver is required for participants age 13 – 18.  Join the fun and adventure of this recreational event and learn about Pacific Whale Foundation’s “Be Whale Aware” educational program for all ocean users.  Course is not timed.  Only non-motorized craft may enter.  No swimmers, please.  Return shuttle to Ma’alaea will be provided.  To sign up, call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or visit www.pacificwhale.org. To sign up, call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or visit www.pacificwhale.org  
 
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Golf Fore The Whales 
Golf tournament for the whales at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort’s North Course. Shotgun start at 12 pm, 4 person scramble. Open to all individuals or teams of four.  Event includes contests, prizes, a silent auction and a pupu reception with live entertainment at Makena’s Golf Course’s Café on the Green from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Hole in One Contests offer the opportunity to win a brand new Prius hybrid, premium golf equipment, premium electronics equipment and a men’s or women’s Seiko watch. Free whalewatch to first 20 participants who register.  Advanced registration by December 2, 2011 is $130 for general public, $100 for Pacific Whale Foundation Members.  After December 2, 2011, tournament fee is $150 for Pacific Whale Foundation Members, $160 for non-members. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation for reservations at (808)249-8811 ext. 1.
 
Tuesday, December 27 – Friday, December 30
Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Camp: Winter Sessions
Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Camp will hold two sessions this winter from Monday, December 19 through Thursday, December 22, and Tuesday, December 27 through Friday, December 30. The camp theme for the December 19 -22 session is "Cetaceans in the Sea" (Whales) and the camp theme for the December 27 -30 session is "Turtles."
The camp takes place from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for kids in grades K through 5. The program includes whale watching, windsurf lesson, science labs, beach investigations, art projects, a visit to Maui Ocean Center and more. The camp has a 1:10 teacher to camper ratio, and features curriculum developed by certified educators.
 
You may sign up for individual or multiple days. Sign up before December 10 and the cost is $67 per day. Kama'aina pay just $56. Pacific Whale Foundation Members pay $50.
After December 10, the price is $72 per day ($61 for kama'aina and $55 for Pacific Whale Foundation Members.) Register late (24 hours or less prior to the camp date) and the price is $77 per day ($66 for kama'aina and $61 for Pacific Whale Foundation Members.) The camp schedule can be found at www.pacificwhale.org or call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
Sundays, January 8, 2012 - May 14, 2012
Whale Photo Safari
Every Sunday morning (from January 8 through May 13), Pacific Whale Foundation will offer Whale Photo Safari Cruises, featuring hands-on training on capturing great whale images with  digital cameras. This at-sea workshop is suitable for beginning and advanced photographers. You'll learn to get the best results from whatever camera you currently own. (Affordable digital camera rentals also available in advance at Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store.) Cruise takes place on Pacific Whale Foundation’s new raft, Ocean Freedom, offering great water level photography of whales. Led by an expert photographer/naturalist. Departs at 9:15 am from Lahaina Harbor and returns at 12:15 pm. Price is $99.95 per person. Book online and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. Visit www.pacificwhale.org or call Pacific Whale Foundation for reservations and information at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
Wednesdays: January 25, 2012; February 22, 2012; March 28, 2012; April 25, 2012.
Whalewatch Hike
Free activity with Pacific Whale Foundation features a guided 5.5 mile hike along the Lahaina Pali Trail, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the ocean and any whales in the area. For adults over age 15 who are fit, experienced hikers. Free transportation provided from Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Store in Ma’alaea to and from the trailheads. No bathrooms on the trail. Your trip will be led by a Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist. Meet at 7:00 am. Hike begins at 7:30 am. Limited to 13 participants.  Free. Advance reservations required. Call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
January 28 – Feb. 29, 2012
Photo Tribute To the Whales
Exhibit of stunning whale photography, hosted by Pacific Whale Foundation as part of the Maui Whale Festival. Open daily, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Located at Ma’alaea Harbor Shops, next door to Maui Ocean Center. Free admission. For info, call (808) 249-8811.
 
Saturday, February 4, 2012 
Run and Walk For the Whales
Runners and walkers, adults and kids, residents and visitors are invited to take part in one of Maui's largest fun runs and walking events. The Run and Walk for the Whales course includes ocean views -- you might even see a whale or two breaching in the distance! Choose from the 5K walking course, 5K running course, half marathon walking course, half marathon running course and 2K running course for kids. Starting line and post-run festivities will take place at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort, South Maui.  Medals, lei and free whalewatch tickets awarded to top three overall in 5K and Half Marathon. Age group medals awarded in 5K Run and Half Marathon Run. Keiki race will award medals to the “boy top finisher” medal and “girl top finisher.” All walkers will receive a commemorative pin and will be entered into prize drawings, which include free whalewatch tickets and other whale-themed merchandise.
 
This event includes professional chip timing for 5K runners and Half Marathon; clock timing for 5K and Half Marathon walkers and 2K Keiki runners. Entry fee includes “Run and Walk for the Whales” t-shirt plus post-race breakfast. Water and aid stations and musical entertainment located along course. Starting line and post-run festivities will take place at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort, South Maui.
 
Starting times are 6:30 am for Half Marathon, 7:30 am for 5K and 8:00 am for keiki run. Please park at the Wailea event lot located at the top of Wailea Ike Drive to meet the free shuttle bus to the race check-in.
 
Entry fees are:
Half Marathon Run or Walk: Pacific Whale Foundation Member: $40
Half Marathon Run or Walk: General Public: $45
Half Marathon Run or Walk: Preregistration by Dec. 31: $38
 
5K Run or Walk: Pacific Whale Foundation Members: $30
5K Run or Walk: General Public: $35
5K Run or Walk: Preregistration by Dec. 31:  $28
2K Keiki Fun Run: Pacific Whale Foundation Members: $20
2K Keiki Fun Run: General Public: $25
 
To sign up: Please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or toll-free 1-800-WHALE-1-1 ext. 1.
Or register online at http://www.active.com/running/kihei-hi/run-and-walk-for-the-whales-2012
 
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Free Lecture by Greg Kaufman 
“Saving Whales Around the World”
The public is invited to a free evening presentation titled "Saving Whales Around the World" by Greg Kaufman, Pacific Whale Foundation Founder and President. Greg Kaufman has studied humpback whales throughout the Pacific for more than 32 years and is the co-author of three books and numerous scientific publications about humpback whales. He was recently the keynote speaker at a United Nations Environment Programme to serve as the keynote speaker at a workshop on whalewatching in the Caribbean.

Kaufman will present a thrilling visual media presentation about Pacific Whale Foundation’s research in Hawai’i, Australia and Ecuador and his fight to save humpback whales through his role on the Scientific Committee at the International Whaling Commission (IWC). The event will take place at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa with no-host cocktails at 6:00 p.m., followed by the free presentation at 6:30 p.m. A book signing of Kaufman's 2009 book, Humpbacks of Hawaii, the Long Journey Back, will occur immediately after the presentation. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged as seats fill up very quickly.

 
For information or to make a reservation, call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org. This event is part of Pacific Whale Foundation's 2011 Maui Whale Festival.
 
Offered on Three Sundays:  February 5, 2012, February 19 and March 3, 2012
VIP Whalewatch Cruise with Greg Kaufman
Enjoy a special VIP cruise with Pacific Whale Foundation’s President and founder, Greg Kaufman.  A pioneer in whale research and efforts to save whales, Greg has co-authored three books and numerous scientific papers about whales and is an invited participant in the International Whaling Commissions Scientific Committee.  During the whalewatch cruise Greg will provide insightful commentary and expert interpretation of the whales’ intriguing behaviors..This two hour cruise departs at 12:30 pm on February 5, 2012 from Ma’alaea Harbor, 11:30 pm on February 19 from Ma’alaea Harbor and on March 3, 2012 from Lahaina Harbor. Whale sightings are guaranteed, or you get a free ticket for a regular Pacific Whale Foundation whalewatch. Price is $49.95 for adults, $34.95 for children ages 7 -12. Children ages 6 and under go free. Book online at www.pacificwhale.organd save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. For information or reservations, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
Friday, February 10, 2012 and Saturday, February 11, 2012
Evenings with the Experts
At the Westin Ka’anapali
Discover the latest developments about humpback whales!  This free event, hosted by Pacific Whale Foundation, features fascinating talks, videos and slide shows by noted marine and whale experts from across the United States. At the Westin Ka’anapali from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Free and open to all. Please refer to www.mauiwhalefestival.org for more information or call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
Saturday, February 11, 2012 and Sunday, February 12, 2012
VIP Whalewatches with the Experts
The guest speakers from “Evening with the Experts” event will lead two whalewatches through parts of the Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale National Sanctuary to provide you with compelling commentary about the humpback whales that are encountered, based on their unique perspective and experience with whales. Whale sightings are guaranteed, or you get a free ticket for a free Pacific Whale Foundation whalewatch. Includes lunch and soft drinks. On February 11, the cruise takes place from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm from Ma'alaea Harbor. On February 12, the cruise is from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm from Lahaina Harbor. Price is $49.95 for adults, $34.95 for children ages 7 -12. Children ages 6 and under go free. Book online at www.pacificwhale.org and save 10%. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation for reservations and departure time at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
Friday, February 17, 2012
Keiki E.C.O. Day
Maui's Keiki E.C.O. (Educating Children Outdoors) Day is a free, day-long event for Maui schools that brings schoolchildren together in a beautiful ocean side Kalama park, to learn about the environment and their role in protecting it. This event is hosted by the non-profit Pacific Whale Foundation, in partnership with Hawaii nonprofits, government agencies, community groups and Haleakala National Park. These groups work together to present outdoor, hands-on, science-based learning programs to the school classes participating in the event. This event will feature special youth environmental entertainment by Uncle Wayne Watkins and the Howling Dog Band.  Keiki E.C.O. Day aims to spark a life-long relationship between Maui’s schoolchildren and educators and their local environment. 8:30 am to noon.  Visiting families are welcome to participate, early registration is encouraged.  For information, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
 
Saturday, February 18, 2012 
Maui's Parade of Whales
Maui’s Parade of Whales is the official launch of the newly named “World Whale Day.”  The parade runs from 9:00 am to 10 am.  The parade theme is “World of Whales.” The parade travels along South Kihei Road, beginning at Alanui Keali’i Drive and moving northward, past Kalama Park to end at Kihei Public Library on Waimaihaihai Street.  The public is invited to view the parade and join in the fun.  Pacific Whale Foundation also invites community groups and organizations, musicians and dance groups to sign up in advance to be a part of the parade!  Visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org to register your group for the parade. For info, call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
Saturday, February 18, 2012
World Whale Day
One of Maui's most popular events, World Whale Day (formerly known as “Whale Day”) features free, all-day celebration honors the humpback whales that come to Maui each winter. Newly expanded, Whale Day begins at 10 am and ends at 7:30 pm this year. The public is invited to enjoy free live entertainment by some of Hawaii’s top recording stars, including Willie K, John Cruz, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Anuhea, Marty Dread, Hapa and Nuff Sedd, plus hula and fire dance performances by Manutea Nui E.  Last year, more than 18,000 Maui residents and visitors attended. The day features live entertainment by Hawaii's top performers, great food by Maui restaurants, activities and a Keiki (Children’s) Carnival with bouncy rides for kids, a huge "Made on Maui" artisans fair, environmental displays and more. It takes place at Kalama Park, across from Foodland on South Kihei Road, Maui.  To learn more, visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org or call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.  Part of the Maui Whale Festival.
 
Sunday, February 19, 2012
VIP Whalewatch with Greg Kaufman
Enjoy a special VIP cruise with Pacific Whale Foundation’s President and founder, Greg Kaufman.  A pioneer in whale research and efforts to save whales, Greg has written three books about whales and is an invited participant in the International Whaling Commissions Scientific Committee.  During the whalewatch cruise Greg will provide insightful commentary and expert interpretation of the whales’ intriguing behaviors.This two hour cruise departs at 11:30 on Sunday, February 19 on Ocean Explorer from Ma'alaea Harbor. Whale sightings are guaranteed, or you get a free ticket for a regular Pacific Whale Foundation whalewatch. Receive a free autographed copy of Humpbacks of Hawaii: The Long Journey Back, co-authored by Greg Kaufman. Price is $49.95 for adults, $34.95 for children ages 7 -12. Children ages 6 and under go free. Book online at www.pacificwhale.org or call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
 
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Great Whale Count
Count whales with Pacific Whale Foundation’s staff, including members of its research and education teams.  The public is invited to assist in this annual count. All training and materials are provided, and it is a great way to learn about whales and whale research. There is no cost to participate. To volunteer, call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or visitwww.mauiwhalefestival.org complete the online registration form and choose your preferred site location.
 
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Rock N Whale: The Art of Guitar
Musicians will be "wailing" on their guitars at this Maui Whale Festival event at Hard Rock Cafe in Lahaina. Please visitwww.mauiwhalefestival.org for details. 
 
Saturday, May 19
Aloha to the Whales
Bid aloha and safe travels to the humpback whales that are migrating back to Alaska for the summer on this special cruise to commemorate the official end of "whalewatch season" on Maui. Enjoy special commentary for the occasion by Pacific Whale Foundation staff and expert interpretation of the behaviors of whales that are encountered. Whale sightings are guaranteed, or you will receive a free ticket to go whalewatching next season. This two-hour cruise departs from Lahaina Harbor at 2:30 pm. $24.95 for adults, $17 for children ages 3 to 12. Book online at www.pacificwhale.org and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. Reservations required. For information, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.