Posted on: January 26, 2011

Maui Whale Festival Features Exciting FREE February Events

To honor the presence of the humpback whales in Maui during the winter, Pacific Whale Foundation hosts its annual Maui Whale Festival from November – May. February is the peak of whale season and to celebrate, Pacific Whale Foundation is offering many fun, free events for the public to attend and participate in.


Chief Scientist’s Free Talk – February 5, 2011
Noted author, whale researcher and Pacific Whale Foundation Founder and Chief Scientist, Greg Kaufman, will present a free multimedia presentation about his time with the whales in the South Pacific. The presentation will take place at 6:30 pm the Wailea Beach Marriott, followed by a book signing. No-host cocktails will be served prior to the presentation at 6:00 pm. Advance reservations recommended.


A Tribute to the Whales – February 11, 2011
Pacific Whale Foundation presents A Tribute to the Whales through art, photography, poetry and performance. Hula, music and a traditional Hawaiian chant will kick off the festivities from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Maui Mall. Following the free music and dance performance, the public will be invited to share and enjoy music, art, poetry, stories, videos and photos highlighting their love for the whales. Local schools will also share whale-themed art. Visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org to download an entry form to submit your art.


An Evening with the Experts
– February 12, 2011
Noted whale experts Bryant Austin, Ari Friedlander and Greg Kaufman will speak and present video and photos relating to the latest discoveries and developments in humankind’s quest to understand and save whales. Bryant Austin creates high-resolution, life-size photographs of endangered whale species. His current body of work represents the largest, most detailed photographs of whales in the world. Ari Friedlander is a research scientist for Marine Science and Conservation. Friedlaender's expertise lies in marine mammals foraging ecology, tagging, and the effects of climate change. Greg Kaufman is the founder and chief scientist at Pacific Whale Foundation. Kaufman is a pioneer in noninvasive whale research and is committed to educating the public, from a scientific perspective, about whales and their ocean habitat. The panel is from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at the Westin Maui Resort and Spa, Kaanapali’i. 


Maui Parade of Whales – February 19, 2011
Celebrate the whales and the sea in this fun-filled parade! This hometown Kihei parade begins at Alanui Keali’i Drive, proceeds north along South Kihei Road, and ends at the big whale statue in Kalama Park. It's the official kick-off to Pacific Whale Foundation's Whale Day Celebration! The parade includes music, floats, bands, costumed characters, a life-sized humpback whale balloon and much more. 9:00-10:00 am.


Whale Day Celebration – February 19, 2011
Maui Whale Festival’s signature event Whale Day, will take place from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the beautiful Kalama Park in Kihei. Celebrating its 31st anniversary this year, Whale Day includes performances by some of Hawaii’s top entertainers including Cecilio & Kapono, John Cruz, George Kahumoku, Jr. and many more. Food from popular Maui restaurants, a Made on Maui craft fair, children’s activities, a silent auction, environmental displays and the Wild and Wonderful Whale Regatta will also be part of the day. The funds raised will support marine education programs for Maui schoolchildren.


Great Maui Whale Count – February 26, 2011
Join Pacific Whale Foundation’s Research Team for this annual citizens’ count of the humpback whales in Maui that can be seen from shore. No experience is required, and tools and training will be provided. The Great Maui Whale Count is from 8:00 am - noon at locations around Maui. Advance registration is required.

For additional information or to register for any of the events, readers can visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org or call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 or 1-800-942-5311.