Posted on: January 9, 2013

February Events at Pacific Whale Foundation

February brings the peak of whalewatch season and with it a jam-packed calendar of events offered by Pacific Whale Foundation, including the signature events of the Maui Whale Festival. The month kicks off with the Run and Walk for the Whales on Saturday, February 2, with walking and running events covering 5K, 10K and Half Marathon distances, including a 2K race for kids.

Mid-month brings Maui's Parade of Whales on Saturday, February 16, the official lead off to World Whale Day, Maui's biggest and best-attended whale event and popular community festival. The month wraps up with the Great Whale Count on Saturday, February 23, a citizen's count of whales that can be observed from Maui's shoreline. And in between, you'll find free talks, a free photo exhibit, special cruises, activities for kids and much more.
 
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Run and Walk For the Whales
Runners and walkers, adults and kids, residents and visitors are invited to take part in this popular race -- 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 event, 5K running race, 10K walking event, 10K running race, half marathon running race and 2K running race for kids. Starting line and post-run festivities will take place at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort, South Maui.
 
This event includes professional chip timing for runners in the 5K, 10K and half marathon, plus clock timing for all walking events and the 2K Keiki race. Entry fee for adults includes “Run and Walk for the Whales” quick dry t-shirt plus post-race breakfast. Children ages 12 and under participating in the 2K Keiki Race will receive a "Run and Walk for the Whales"  t-shirt plus post-race breakfast. Water and aid stations and musical entertainment located along course.
 
Free pairs of whalewatch tickets, medals and lei will be awarded to the top three male and top three female overall finishers in the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon. The top age group male and female winners in each of the three distances will each win a pair of whalewatch tickets. All walkers will be entered into a drawing for free whalewatch tickets. Children in the 2K children's race will also be entered into a drawing to win whale-themed toys, books, videos and games. The top boy and girl finishers will also receive medals. 
 
And all runners and walkers will also receive a coupon for a 25% discount on any Pacific Whale Foundation whalewatch. 
 
Please register online at http://www.flpregister.com/21. If you have questions or need assistance, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
 
Our early registration fees (for signup by 11:59 pm on January 30) are:
Half Marathon:  $45
10K:  $40
5K: $35
2K Keiki Run: $25
 
Pacific Whale Foundation Members who register by January 30 save even more:
Half Marathon:  $40
10K:  $35
5K: $30
2K Keiki Run: $20
 
All race day entries are an additional $5 per runner or walker. If you have questions, please email run@pacificwhale.org or call (808) 249-8811 ext. 2.
 
Saturday, February 9 and Saturday, February 23, 2013
Volunteering on Vacation: Haleakala National Park Volunteer Service Trip
This free activity, offered through Pacific Whale Foundation's Volunteering on Vacation program, offers free transportation and admission to Haleakala National Park, on an adventure led by a certified naturalist and professionally trained guide! While visiting the park, you'll help remove invasive plants or help with other projects to protect the park's incredible eco-system. In exchange for your efforts, you'll receive a free tote bag from Pacific Whale Foundation. Warm clothes, long pants and closed-toed shoes are required. Bring water and lunch for a picnic at the park. Usually offered on the first and third Saturdays of every month, but in February, we're holding it on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Local residents and visitors are welcome! Meet in front of the Pacific Whale Foundation Store, located in the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops at 7:30 am (Feb. 9)/ 1:00 pm (Feb. 23) or at 8:15 am (Feb. 9)/ 1:30 pm (Feb. 23) in the parking lot of Tavares Community Center in Pukalani. Advance reservations are required. Please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
 
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Whalewatch Hike
Free activity with Pacific Whale Foundation features a guided hike along Keoneo'io Bay (near La  Perouse) with 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 trailhead. No bathrooms on the trail. Your trip will be led by a Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist. Meet at 7:00 am at front entrance of Kihei Aquatic Center on 300 East Lipoa St., Kihei. Hike begins at 7:30 am. Limited to 13 participants.  Free. Advance reservations required. Call Pacific Whale Foundation at  (808) 249.8811 ext. 1
 
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Whalewatch Hike
Free activity with Pacific Whale Foundation features a guided 5.5 mile hike along the Lahaina Pali Trail. This rigorous one-way hike takes you from Lahaina to Ma'alaea, over a ridge that  affords spectacular views of the ocean and Ma'alaea Bay, a favorite habitat of humpback whales. This trip is 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 7:30 am at Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store in Ma'alaea. View trail info at http://hawaiitrails.ehawaii.gov/home.php. Hike begins at 8:00 am. Limited to 13 participants.  Free. Advance reservations required. Call Pacific Whale Foundation at  (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
Saturday, February 9
"Watch Out, Whales About!" 
Pacific Whale Foundation's Research to Prevent Vessel-Whale Collisions
Dr. Emmanuelle Martinez, Senior Research Scientist at Pacific Whale Foundation, presents a free slide show and  talk on Pacific Whale Foundation's humpback whale research study off the coast of Maui, in pursuit of data that will help all boaters navigate safely when humpback whales are here. 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Free and open to all. At Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center, on the ocean-facing level of the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops. Part of the Maui Whale Festival. For info, call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
 
Monday, February 11, 2013
Stargazing Cruise 
Because Hawaii is the most remote island chain in the world, stargazing here is some of the finest you'll find anywhere. Pacific Whale Foundation’s stargazing cruise introduces you to Maui's enchanting sky in a most spectacular setting --- on the beautiful Pacific Ocean off the  coast of Lahaina. This cruise is timed to coincide with the best stargazing conditions (the "new moon" or "dark of the moon" when the maximum number of stars and planets are usually visible). This Pacific Whale Foundation evening cruise is narrated by special guest Harriet Witt, an international award winning astronomy writer and speaker, known for her  entertaining an informative commentary on the stars. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Sky & Telescope and Spirit of Aloha.  8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Appetizers, dessert treats and drinks are included, including up to 3 alcoholic beverages (local microbrewery beer, wine and Mai Tais) for adults with valid i.d. Please check-in 45 minutes prior to departure at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Lahaina Ocean Store at 612 Front Street, Lahaina. Price is $59.95 for adults and $39.95 for children. 
 
Friday, February 15, 2013
Maui's Keiki E.C.O. (Educating Children Outdoors) Day
A free, day-long event for Maui schools that brings schoolchildren together in a beautiful oceanside 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 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. Keiki E.C.O. Day aims to spark a life-long relationship between Maui’s school-aged children and educators and their local environment. We seek to lay the foundation for the development of an appreciation for and understanding of the natural world, which will encourage our future leaders to cherish, care for, and protect Hawaii’s natural splendor. The connections built between the keiki and their environment will benefit our community and our island long into the future. 
 
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Maui's Parade of Whales
Maui’s Parade of Whales is the official launch of “World Whale Day.” The parade runs from 9:00 am to 10 am and highlights the theme, “Be Whale Aware.” Begins at the corner of South Kihei Road and Alanui Keali’i Drive and moves northward, past Kalama Park to Waimaihaihai Street and the Kihei Public Library. An announcer will be located at the big whale statue at Kalama Park. 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.
 
Saturday, February 16, 2013
World Whale Day
A signature event of the Maui Whale Festival, and one of Maui's most popular events for 33 years, World Whale Day is a free, all-day celebration that honors the humpback whales that come to Maui each winter. Hosted by the nonprofit Pacific Whale Foundation, World Whale Day begins at 9 am with Maui's Parade of Whales (see separate listing), followed by live entertainment on the main stage by top Hawai’i recording stars and children's entertainment on a second stage. The day also features great food by Maui restaurants, a children's carnival, a huge "Made on Maui" artisans fair, environmental displays and more. The festivities at World Whale Day start at 10 am and end at 7:00 pm at Kalama Park in Kihei (across from Foodland on South Kihei Road). Last year, more than 18,000 Maui residents and visitors attended.
 
Friday, February 22, 2013  
Moonlight Tidepool Exploration
Brittle stars, urchins, octopi, oh my! Pacific Whale Foundation's marine educators invite the public to meet some of the fascinating creatures that roam Hawaii's tidepools at night during a moonlight tidepool exploration at a South Maui tidepool. This discovery event is recommended for people ages 6 and over. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. Refreshments will be provided. $10 per adult and $5 per child. 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Advance reservations required. Co-sponsored by Mana Kai Maui Resort. For reservations, call (808) 249-8811 ext 1.
 
Saturday, February 23, 2013
The Great Whale Count
A citizen’s count of humpback whales that can be seen from Maui’s shores, led by Pacific Whale Foundation’s research team. The public is invited to assist in this annual count. All training and materials are provided, and it’s a great way to learn about whales and whale research. There's no cost to participate.
 
Monday, February 25, 2013
Full Moon Whale Song Cruise
What could be more romantic and fun than cruising on the vast Pacific Ocean under a brilliant full moon and listening to the mysterious songs of male humpback whales -- songs that are only heard in the whales' mating and breeding grounds? This full moon adventure with Pacific Whale Foundation is narrated by special guest Harriet Witt, an international award winning astronomy writer and speaker, known for her entertaining an informative commentary on the stars and moon. 
 
She'll share wisdom and insights about the night sky and all things lunar. This cruise takes place from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm.and includes appetizers and desserts, featuring a Crudite Platter with Maui Onion Dip, and Roasted Garlic Thai Basil Hummus; Local and International Cheese Platter with Assorted Crackers; Spicy Spinach Wrap with Grilled Vegetables; Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies and Tropical Fruit Tarts with Lilikoi Mousse. The ticket price also  includes up to 3 alcoholic beverages (local microbrewery beer, wine and Mai Tais) for adults with valid i.d., plus soda and juices.Please check-in 45 minutes prior to departure at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Lahaina Ocean Store at 612 Front Street, Lahaina. Price is $59.95 for adults and $39.95 for children. 
 
Every Tuesday
Ultimate Whalewatch
Learn firsthand what it is like to be a whale researcher on a personally guided group tour. This is a special opportunity to interact with Pacific Whale Foundation’s researchers and marine biologists. This research adventure begins over a complimentary continental breakfast (pastries, fresh fruit, coffee and tea) in Pacific Whale Foundation’s Discovery Center. Your small group will gather for a 45-minute presentation by a member of the Pacific Whale Foundation’s research team to learn about the foundation’s ongoing whale research and photo identification efforts. You’ll also learn about the whales that you are about to encounter.
 
The group will then embark on a two-hour whalewatch tour with a member of the research team. Researchers will share their knowledge of whale behavior, and interpret the significance and purpose of humpback social activity within the context of season and location. The tour wraps up with a final 45-minute visit to Pacific Whale Foundation’s research lab.
 
Offered on Tuesdays, from 7:30 am to 11:30 am. Meet at 7:15 am for this tour at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Store, 300 Ma'alaea Road, located at the Ma’alaea Harbor Shops, adjacent to the Maui Ocean Center Aquarium and next to Ma'alaea Harbor. As always, whale sightings are guaranteed. (If you do not see whales, you will get a free ticket for one of our Classic Whalewatches.)
 
Sundays, through April 29, 2013 
Whale Photo Safari 
Join a professional photographer on a Whale Photo Safari Cruise, featuring hands-on training on capturing whale images with state-of-the-art digital cameras.This at-sea workshop takes place on Pacific Whale Foundation's high-tech, ultra-stable raft from Lahaina Harbor, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. This trip is ideal for beginning and advanced photographers. Includes dry bag for your camera, plus refreshments. Whale sightings are guaranteed or you get a free ticket for a Pacific Whale Foundation classic whalewatch cruise. The price of the Whale Photo Safari is $99.95 plus taxes/fees. Call Pacific Whale Foundation for reservations and information at  (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
 
Daily (through February 28)
Photo Tribute to the Whales Exhibit
View stunning photographs of whales, by professional nature photographers, Pacific Whale Foundation researchers and friends of Pacific Whale Foundation. Open to the public daily, from January 27 to February 29, at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops. The exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
 
December 11, 2012 - April 30, 2013
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, 2012 – April 30, 2012. For information, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
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.
 
Wailea Marriott resort and Spa
Offered Tuesday and Thursdays  7:30-11:30am
View whales along the Ocean Path in front of the Wailea Marriott, off Wailea Alanui Drive.
 
Marriot Maui Ocean Club on Ka'anapali Beach
Offered Wednesdays and Fridays 7:30 - 11:30 am
Marriot’s Maui Ocean Club, located on 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.
 
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
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 that you 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. Free use of fish i.d. cards and reference books. Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 am to 11:30 am. For information, call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
 
Fridays
Island Rhythms Sunset Cruise with Marty Dread
Nothing says "Maui fun" like dancing in the open air on the bow of a boat at sea at sunset! This fun-filled cruise is led by local island music and reggae star Marty Dread. His charisma and enthusiasm gets everyone dancing and having a great time. It's perfect for all ages! The cruise includes an array of delicious hot and cold appetizers, plus Maui Brewing Co. beer, wine, Mai Tais and tropical well drinks (up to 3 per guest) as well as sodas, filtered water and juices. Offered by Pacific Whale Foundation, it departs at 5:00 pm on Friday evenings from Ma’alaea Harbor. Price is $59.95 for adults and $39.95 for children.
 
Saturdays
Volunteering on Vacation: Malama Honokowai
Through Pacific Whale Foundation’s Volunteering on Vacation Program, volunteer with Malama Honokawai and visit the beautiful and hidden Honokawai Valley, an area closed to the public. Among Hawaiian archaeological sites, you’ll learn about Hawaiian history and culture as you help to remove invasive weed plants and possibly plant native species. The program runs from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Bring water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen and bug repellent and wear closed-toe shoes, pants and a t-shirt. Meet at 9:00 am in front of North Sugar Cane Train Station, Puukoli Road, Kaanapali. You'll receive a free tote bag for your efforts. Call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 at least 24 hours in advance to sign up. 
 
Wednesdays
Volunteering on Vacation: O'o Farm
Join Pacific Whale Foundation's Volunteering on Vacation Program to work on an exquisite organic farm in Kula. O’o Farm is a unique and divergent multi-faceted operation in the misting forest of Waipoli (Kula, Maui). Meet at O'o Farms at 8:45 am on Wednesday mornings in Kula. The project work lasts from 8:45 am until 11:30 am and will include assorted farm chores. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring a light jacket that you do not mind getting a little dirty, water, and sunscreen. Gloves and gardening tools are provided. Please call (808) 249-8811 in advance to sign up.
 
Mondays
Volunteering on Vacation: Hoaloha 'aina
Through Volunteering on Vacation, a free program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation, join South Maui Volunteers and group leaders Bob and Lis Richardson to help maintain an ocean-side trail, restore sand dunes, pick up litter and remove invasive species. 7:30 to 9:30 am. Bring water, snacks and sunscreen and wear solid, closed-toed shoes. Get a free Volunteering on Vacation tote bag for your efforts! For info and to sign up call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
Second and Fourth Wednesdays of Each Month
Volunteering on Vacation: Beach Clean-up with Pacific Whale Foundation's Conservation Manager
Join Pacific Whale Foundation's Conservation Manager Lauren Campbell to help clean up one of Maui's popular beach parks. This is a great opportunity to talk story about local, national and international conservation issues while helping to keep marine debris and trash out of the ocean. All participants who volunteer for three hours or more will receive a free totebag from Pacific Whale Foundation through our Volunteering on Vacation program. The clean-up takes place from 9 am until noon. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Wear a hat and sunscreen and bring water or a drink. Please sign up at advance at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. Directions will be provided to the beach site when you sign up. 
 
Fridays
Volunteering on Vacation: Hawaiian Islands Land Trust Service Project
Join the growing worldwide trend of "voluntourism" by participating in the Volunteering on Vacation program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation. In exchange for your efforts, you'll receive a free tote bag and the satisfaction of joining in efforts to protect Maui's unique environment. With Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, you'll visit Waihee Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge, a remarkable coastal area that’s rich in Hawaiian history and bird watching, to remove invasive species and clear brush. The program takes place every Friday from 7:15 am to noon and includes four hours of work. Meet in front of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust Offices, located at 2371 W Vineyard St. in Wailuku, adjacent to the Iao Valley Church. Bring water, snacks, lunch and sunscreen, and wear closed-toe shoes, pants and hat (sun protection). Be sure to call at least 24 hours in advance to sign up. Call (808)-249-8811 ext. 1.