Posted on: January 20, 2014

February Events Feature Maui Whale Festival and World Whale Day

February brings the peak of whale season on Maui and the first month of the Maui Whale Festival, a series of events through March to celebrate the 40-ton marine mammals that inhabit Maui's sparkling ocean waters. Pacific Whale Foundation offers daily events throughout February, including World Whale Day, the signature event of the Maui Whale Festival. Read on for information -- or visit 
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 with 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. Win whalewatch tickets, medals and prizes! Register at 
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's 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 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 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. Interested in participating in the parade? Please contact 
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 other top Hawaii musicians, 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, Expedia Local Expert, County of Maui Office of Economic Development and 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 and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%.
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. There's no cost to participate. 

If you are interested in volunteering,  visit Pacific Whale Foundation’s volunteer website: 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. 

Through April 30, 2014 
Trail of the Whale: Free Whale Information Stations 
Pacific Whale Foundation naturalists and volunteers are stationed at three 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!
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Lahaina Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise
Maui's most fun at-sea dance party comes to Lahaina! The popular Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise featuring local reggae and island sounds recording artist Marty Dread has attracted a strong following on its Friday night cruises from Ma'alaea Harbor. Now this fun cruise will also be offered from Lahaina Harbor, on select Saturdays in January, February and March from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The cruise includes dancing on the deck of a stable, smooth-riding catamaran, plus hot and cold appetizers, drinks and guaranteed whale sightings! For reservations, call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1or visit Book online and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. 
Tuesdays, January 7 – April 8, 2014
Ultimate Whalewatch
Learn firsthand what it is like to be a whale researcher on a personally guided group tour with Pacific Whale Foundation’s researchers and marine biologists. This research adventure begins over a complimentary continental breakfast (pastries, fresh fruit, coffee and tea) served at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center. Your small group will gather there for a pre-trip presentation by a member of Pacific Whale Foundation’s research team to learn about our 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, accompanied by a member of the research team. The researcher will help interpret the humpback whale behaviors that are viewed during the trip. The tour wraps up with a final visit to Pacific Whale Foundation’s research lab. Whale sightings are guaranteed. If you do not see whales, you will get a free ticket for one of Pacific Whale Foundation’s regular whalewatches.
Each guest will receive an email link allowing access to whale photos taken during the day, plus some of our research team's favorite archived photos. Offered on Tuesdays, from 7:15 am to 11:30 am. Price is $79.95. Book online at and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. For reservations, please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
Sundays (December 8, 2013 through April 27, 2014) and Wednesdays (January 8 through April 2, 2014)
Whale Photo Safari
Join Pacific Whale Foundation for a whale photography workshop at sea. Whether you are a novice or an experienced photographer, this unique hands-on adventure will help you learn and practice expert techniques for photographing whales and other wildlife. Bring your own digital camera and learn to get the best results from whatever model you currently own. During your three-hour cruise, you’ll discover the most effective camera settings for our local conditions at sea. You’ll also learn about and have the opportunity to use proven digital photo techniques to maximize each opportunity presented by the whales that you encounter. We'll also take a break from photography to drop an underwater hydrophone into the water to listen to live whale songs.
Our Whale Photo Safaris are offered on two days each week:
Sunday morning from 8:00 am to 11:00 am, departing from Lahaina Harbor on our new raft, Ocean Freedom, to offer fantastic water-level views of whales. This cruise is led by a Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist and one of two professional wildlife photographers: David Watersun and David Fleetham. Read their bios at
Wednesday afternoons  from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm, departing from Ma'alaea Harbor on our small group catamaran Ocean Explorer, a favorite of many photographers. This cruise is timed to include the golden light of sunset and will be led by a photographer from Pacific Whale Foundation's Adventure Photo staff. 
Please note that you are required to bring your own camera equipment on this cruise. We rent Canon PowerShot digital cameras at Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Stores. We provide complimentary usage of dry bags for your gear on our Sunday morning raft whalewatches. 
The Sunday morning cruise includes a tropical-style continental breakfast with tropical fruit, fresh baked pastries, juices and local Maui coffee, served pre-departure at the dock.
The Wednesday evening cruise includes an array of hot and cold appetizers provided by Porto, our Mediterranean grill and flame-fired artisan pizza restaurant. Soda and filtered water are served throughout the cruise.
Each guest will receive a collection of digital photos taken by our team during their Whale Photo Safari and some favorite photos from Pacific Whale Foundation, plus a free whale poster. For reservations, please visit or call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. Register online and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. 
Monday, February 10, 2013
Moonlight Tidepool Exploration
Meet fascinating creatures that roam Hawaii's tidepools at night during a Moonlight Tidepool Exploration with Pacific Whale Foundation's education team. For people ages 6 and over. $15 per adult and $7 per child. Co-sponsored by Mana Kai Maui Resort. 6:00 pm. For information, call Pacific Whale Foundation at(808) 249-8811 ext. 1 or follow this link to book online:
Ma'alaea Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise
Pacific Whale Foundation
Get onboard for lots of fun and dancing on our Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise with local reggae star Marty Dread. Offered Friday nights, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, from Ma'alaea Harbor. In addition to the yummy appetizers and perfectly mixed Mai Tais and other drinks, this cruise includes guaranteed whale sightings! If you fail to see whales, you'll receive a free ticket for a regular Pacific Whale Foundation whalewatch. Reserve online and save 10% at Or call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. 
Daily (except Wednesdays and Sundays)
Coral Reef Information Station at Ulua Beach
Pacific Whale Foundation's free Coral Reef Information Station at Ulua Beach in Wailea is staffed by an expert marine naturalist who helps you learn about the fish and marine wildlife that you'll see while snorkeling at this popular reef. Free use of fish i.d. cards and reference books. Open 8 am to 11:30 am. For information, call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.   
SeaWees is an educational program for children ages 3-5 and their parents/caregivers offered through Pacific Whale Foundation. It features developmentally appropriate early-childhood practice including music/movement, demonstrations and guided exploration delivered in a child-centered environment.  
Please note that each child must be accompanied to SeaWees by a parent or caregiver. SeaWees meets on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 am to 10:00 am at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center overlooking Ma'alaea Harbor unless otherwise noted. The cost of a 4-week session is $60 for Pacific Whale Foundation Members, and $70 for non-members. It includes three classroom sessions and a "SEAfari" outing. A second child in the same family is 50% off. 
In January and February, SeaWees will focus on "Wild About Whales" and will sing, dance, investigate and discover just how amazing whales really are! 
Wednesday January 15, 2014 - What are Whales? - Classroom Program
Wednesday January 22, 2014 - What Kind of Whales Are There? - Classroom Program
Wednesday January 29, 2014 - What Whales are in Hawaii - Classroom Program
Wednesday February 5, 2014 - “SEAfari” Pacific Whale Foundation Whalewatch
In February, the SeaWees will investigate "Mighty Minis" -- the wide variety of small creatures can be found in marine habitats. These miniature marvels have to be tough to survive changing conditions and clever predators. We’ll meet some of these tiny creatures through stories, songs and investigations with live organisms.
Wednesday February 26, 2014 - Shells and Armor
Wednesday March 5, 2014 - Safety in Numbers
Wednesday March 12, 2014 - The Quick and the Strong - Hide and Seek 
Wednesday March 26, 2014 - Kuhio Day
Wednesday April 2, 2014 - Minis in a Mighty Habitat - "SEAfari" to South Maui Tidepool. 
February 16, 2014
Full Moon Cruise
What could be more romantic and fun than cruising on the vast Pacific Ocean under a brilliant full moon while enjoying delicious appetizers and desserts plus Mai Tais, beer, wine, mixed drinks and soft drinks? Narrated by Harriet Witt, an international award winning astronomy writer and speaker known for her entertaining and informative commentary. She'll share wisdom about the night sky and all things lunar. You'll also get to listen to live songs of whales in the area via hyrdophones. Two hour adventure, departs 8:00 pm from Lahaina Harbor. Book online today and save 10%. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. For information and reservations, please visit call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
Volunteering on Vacation
Free program offered by Pacific Whale Foundation helps you easily find meaningful volunteer projects to benefit Maui's outdoor environment. Volunteer for about half a day (or less) and enjoy access to off-the-beaten-trail places on Maui where you can learn about the history and natural ecosystem of each area. Get a free totebag for volunteering for 3 hours or more. Signing up is easy: call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1between 6 am and 9 pm. To learn more, visit
First and Third Saturdays of Each Month
Volunteering on Vacation: Haleakala National Park
This free activity offers free transportation and admission to Haleakala National Park on a volunteering adventure led by a certified naturalist and professionally trained guide from Pacific Whale Foundation. You'll help remove invasive plants or help with other projects to protect the park's unique eco-system. Warm clothes, long pants and closed-toed shoes required. Bring water and lunch for a picnic. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at least 24 hours in advance to sign up at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
Every Saturday
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. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at least 24 hours in advance to sign up at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
Every Wednesday
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. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a light jacket that you do not mind getting a little dirty, plus water and sunscreen. Gloves and gardening tools provided. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at least 24 hours in advance to sign up at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
Every Friday
Hawaiian Islands Land Trust Service Project
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. Offered every Friday, 8:00 am to noon, and includes four hours of work. Meet at 8:00 am at the Waihee Refuge, located off of Halewaiu Road. Bring water and sunscreen, and wear closed-toe shoes, pants and hat (sun protection). Snacks and cold drinks provided. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at least 24 hours in advance to sign up at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
Every Monday:
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. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at least 24 hours in advance to sign up at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
Daily on your own schedule:
Beach Clean-ups with Pacific Whale Foundation
Get all the materials you need -- trash bags, gloves, etc. to clean up one of Maui's beaches. You'll help tally marine debris that's found and also help us watch for tsunami debris that may be arriving from Japan. Please call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1 to sign up.