Event Sponsorships

Maui Whale Festival

The Maui Whale Festival celebrates and honors the thousands of humpback whales that migrate to Maui each winter. 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.

The Maui Whale 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, an art exhibition, free lectures, a citizens’ count of whales and an all-day celebration in the park, “World Whale Day,” (formerly Whale Day.) The Maui Whale Festival is sponsored and hosted by the nonprofit Pacific Whale Foundation. To become a Maui Whale Festival overall sponsor, please contact our Event Coordinator, Toula Vivilakis at toulavivilakis@pacificwhale.org or by calling (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.

Sunday, December 11, 2011
Stand Up for the Whales

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. 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. For sponsorship information, please contact Pacific Whale Foundation's Event Coordinator,  Toula Vivilakis at toulavivilakis@pacificwhale.org or by calling (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.

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. Free whalewatch to first 5 teams of 4 or first 20 participants who register!  Click here for sponsorship opportunities

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.  Medallions, 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. Click here for sponsorship opportunities

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 oceanside 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.  Featuring special youth environmental entertainment. 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 - noon.  For sponsorship information, please contact Pacific Whale Foundation's Event Coordinator,  Toula Vivilakis at toulavivilakis@pacificwhale.org or by calling (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, World Whale Day begins at 10 am and ends at 7:30 pm this year. The public is invited to enjoy free live entertainment by Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Anuhea, Marty Dread and other top Hawai’i recording stars.  Last year, more than 18,000 Maui residents and visitors attended. The day features live entertainment on two stages, great food by Maui restaurants, activities and bouncy rides for kids, a huge "Made on Maui" artisans fair, environmental displays and more. Hosted by Pacific Whale Foundation, this event is a benefit for marine education programs for Maui schoolchildren.  It takes place at Kalama Park, across from Foodland on South Kihei Road, Maui. Click here for sponsorship opportunities