Posted on: January 27, 2014

Maui Motorists Asked to Use Caution During Run and Walk for the Whales on Saturday, February 1

Maui motorists are asked to use caution and reduce speeds when driving on the Honoapiilani Highway in Ma'alaea and North Kihei Road on the morning of Saturday, February 1 during the Run and Walk for the Whales. 
The Run and Walk for the Whales includes a Half Marathon Run, 10K Run, 5K Run and 2.5 Mile Walk, with the starting line and finish line at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops. The starting line will be located near Maui Ocean Center. The finish line will be near Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store. 
About 800 walkers and runners are expected to participate in the race. The Half Marathon will begin at 6:15 am; the 10K at 6:45 am; the 5K at 7:00 am and the 2.5 mile walk around 7:05 am. 
Hauoli Street in Ma'alaea will be closed to traffic on Saturday, February 1 for 15 minutes from 6:15 am to 6:30 am for the Half Marathon. The street wil reopen at 6:30 am. Residents and visitors driving along Hauoli Street between 6:30 am and 9:00 am on February 1 are asked to exercise extreme caution when pulling out of driveways. 
Vehicles traveling to and from Ma'alaea Harbor are also asked to be aware of walkers participating in the Run and Walk for the Whales. 
"We are very grateful to the community and Maui County for their support of the Run and Walk for the Whales," says Erica Gorman, Race Co-Director. 
The Run and Walk for the Whales is an annual race that offers runners the chance to win medals and pairs of whalewatch tickets. All runners will receive professional chip timing. All participants will receive a 2014 Run and Walk for the Whales performance shirt, have access to aid stations with filtered water by Menehune Water and Gatorade, and a free post-race continental breakfast. There will also be drawings for additional whalewatch tickets and other prizes.  Local reggae and island music performer Marty Dread will provide free entertainment. Free tours of Pacific Whale Foundation's research lab, Discovery Center and eco-friendly offices will also be offered, along with discounted post-race whalewatches. 
There's still time to register for the race. Register online at by downloading and printing an entry form at Registrations received by midnight, January 29 will be $5 less than registrations received from January 30 through February 1. Pacific Whale Foundation Members enjoy additional savings. 
An optional childcare program is available for children ages 4 to 12. The program is offered by Pacific Whale Foundation's marine education team and is based on the format for Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Camp. To learn more, please visit 
The Run and Walk for the Whales is a benefit for Pacific Whale Foundation's research, education and conservation programs. This race is the first event of the 2014 Maui Whale Festival, which runs from February 1 through March 31 and includes a parade, all-day music festival, free talks, special cruises and more. Learn more at 
Sponsors of the Run and Walk for the Whales are Ma'alaea Harbor Shops, Goodfellow Bros. Construction, Valley Isle Road Runners, Menehune Water, Patticakes Bakery, Costco, Porto Mediterranean Grill and Pizzeria, Hitter's Paradise, Maui Ocean Center, U.S. Coast Guard and Down to Earth Natural Foods.