Posted on: January 20, 2014

Updated Maui Whale Festival Schedule Announced

The 2014 Maui Whale Festival will run from February 1 through March 31. During this two-month period, Pacific Whale Foundation will be offering more than 30 events for Maui visitors and residents, including our Run and Walk for the Whales on February 1, our Parade of Whales on February 15 and World Whale Day on February 15. 
 
Details are found here. For additional information, please visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org or call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
 
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Run and Walk For the Whales 
One of Maui's largest fun runs and walking events, this race includes a 2.5 mile walk, 5K run, 10K run and half marathon run. It's a fundraiser to support humpback whale research, marine education programs for local schoolchildren and conservation efforts. Begins and ends at Ma’alaea Harbor Shops. Includes live entertainment by Marty Dread; post-race continental breakfast; tours of Pacific Whale Foundation’s research lab, education center and offices; and discounted whalewatches for race participants. Includes professional chip timing for runners, a “Run and Walk for the Whales” quick dry t-shirt, water and Gatorade aid stations plus free massages by students from the Maui School of Therapeutic Massage. Win whalewatch tickets, medals and prizes! Register at http://www.flpregister.com/69. 
 
Saturday, February 8, 2014 
VIP Benefit Dinner Cruise with Pacific Whale Foundation Founder and Executive Director Greg Kaufman 
Join pioneer whale researcher, activist, author and Pacific Whale Foundation Founder and Executive Director Greg Kaufman on a sunset four-course dinner cruise out of Lahaina Harbor. Hear fascinating stories about humpback whales and whale research in Hawaii, Australia, Ecuador and other parts of the world, as well as Kaufman's work with the International Whaling Commission and international governments to promote sustainable whalewatching worldwide. Includes free photo of a humpback whale, autographed by Greg Kaufman. $150 per person. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. Book online at www.pacificwhale.org and save 10%. 
 
Sunday, February 9, 2014
VIP Whalewatch with Greg Kaufman
Watch whales with one of the world’s foremost authorities on humpback whales! Greg Kaufman helped pioneer non-invasive whale research in the 1970s and 1980s and has been studying whales ever since throughout the Pacific. You’ll love his insightful commentary and expert interpretation of the whales’ intriguing behaviors. Departs 9 am from Lahaina Harbor. $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%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%.
 
Friday, February 14, 2014
Whales Under the Stars
Love whales? Don’t miss this free evening featuring an outdoor multimedia presentation with thrilling video, sounds and photos of whales around the world, accompanied by a riveting presentation by renowned whale research pioneer, author and activist Greg Kaufman. It takes place under the stars at Kalama Park in Kihei from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. This special "Whale Day Eve" event is free and open to the public. Seating will be provided (or bring your own lawn chair and blanket). Reservations for seating are strongly recommended. Please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.  
 
Saturday, February 15, 2014 
Maui's Parade of Whales 
Floats, dancers, marchers, musicians and more commemorate the official launch of “World Whale Day.” Legendary rock icon Mick Fleetwood, co-founder and drummer of Fleetwood Mac, will be the Parade Grand Marshall. Parade runs from 9:00 am to 10 am along South Kihei Road, from Alanui Keali’i Drive to Waimaihaihai Street. We still have room for more parade participants. For information, please contact parade@pacificwhale.org. 
 
Saturday, February 15, 2014
34th Annual World Whale Day
A  free, all-day celebration that honors the humpback whales that come to Maui each winter featuring live entertainment by special guest Mick Fleetwood and the R.T. Metoyer Blues, Rock and Soul Revue, John Cruz, Anuhea, Na Hoa, Marty Dread, Ekolu, George Kahumoku Jr., and Dr. Nat and Rio Ritmo, plus hula by Manute’a Nui E. Also includes a children's carnival, a huge "Made on Maui" artisans fair, environmental displays and more. From 10 am to 7:00 pm at Kalama Park. Sponsored by County of Maui Office of Parks and Recreation, County of Maui Office of Economic Development, First Wind, Hawaii Tourism Authority and Menehune Water. 
 
Sunday, February  16, 2014
VIP Whalewatch with Greg Kaufman
Traditional post-Whale Day whalewatch with whale researcher, activist and author Greg Kaufman, founder and Executive Director of Pacific Whale Foundation. 10:30 am to 12:30 pm from Ma'alaea Harbor. $49.95 adults, $34.95 children ages 7 -12. Children ages 6 and under go free. Book online at www.pacificwhale.org and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. For reservations, visit www.pacificwhale.org.
 
Saturday, February 22, 2014
 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. It takes place from 7:30 am to 12:00 noon. There is no cost to participate, but we limit the number of volunteers at each site. If you are interested in volunteering,  visit Pacific Whale Foundation’s volunteer website:http://tinyurl.com/PWFvolunteer. Click on “SIGN UP! " and create your own username and password. Please do not choose any events - yet. You will be emailed a confirmation that your username and password have been accepted, and then you can log back in, to select the events and shifts that you want. For assistance or answers to your questions, please contact research@pacificwhale.org. 
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Thursday, March 13 and Friday, March 14
Evenings with the Experts
Whale researchers from around the world will be arriving on Maui to offer free presentations about their work, including photos, video and accounts of their experiences in the field with whales. The presentations will take place on Thursday and Friday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and are free to the public. In addition, Pacific Whale Foundation will be offering VIP whalewatches led by these experts on Friday and Saturday. At the Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali. More details to come...
 
Through April 30, 2014 
Trail of the Whale: Free Whale Information Stations 
Pacific Whale Foundation naturalists and volunteers are stationed at four locations along Maui’s coast to help you locate whales from shore. They’ll share with you the best techniques for spotting these amazing marine mammals and will 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. For information, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.
 
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  -  Offered Tuesday and Thursdays 7:30 am to 11:30 am
View whales along the Ocean Path in front of the Wailea Marriott, off Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea. 
 
Maui Ocean Club  -  Offered Wednesdays and Fridays 7:30 am to 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. 
 
Fleetwood's on Front Street, Lahaina - Offered daily, noon to 4:00 pm at 744 Front St, Lahaina
The most "chill" spot for watching whales on our Trail of the Whale! Fleetwood's is a restaurant owned by Mick Fleetwood of legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac. Their spacious, shaded upper deck offers a perfect place to kick back, enjoy a cocktail, lunch, dinner, appetizer or dessert and watch whales off the coast. A knowledgeable Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist is stationed there with binoculars and telescope that you can use to get a closer view of the whales offshore. Ask your questions about whales -- it's extremely unlikely that you'll come up with one the naturalist can't answer!