Posted on: October 30, 2013

Pacific Whale Foundation Announces 2014 Maui Whale Festival Events

The humpback whales are back! Pacific Whale Foundation reported its first humpback whale sighting of the season off Maui on Saturday, October 5 and has since reported numerous whale sightings. With the return of the whales, Pacific Whale Foundation is announcing the events of its upcoming 2014 Maui Whale Festival.
The Maui Whale Festival celebrates the presence of the whales off Maui’s scenic coast. The festival stretches from February through March, considered Maui’s "peak season" for watching the 40-ton marine mammals. 
The anchor event of the Maui Whale Festival is World Whale Day, a free all-day celebration featuring live music, great food, displays and children’s activities. It takes place at Kalama Park in Kihei on Saturday, February 15 and was attended by more than 20,000 people last year.
The Maui Whale Festival also includes a parade, fun run, special whalewatch cruises, free talks and presentations, plus special "Trail of the Whale" locations where professional naturalists will offer free information and guidance on watching whales from shore. 
"There's no place on earth like Maui for watching whales," says Greg Kaufman. "Here you can view whale activity, such as breaches, splashes and blows, right from shore. You can even hear the songs of the male humpback whales when you snorkel.” 
“As an important calving area for North Pacific humpback whales, it is a place of new beginnings for the next generation of whales,” says Kaufman. “Pacific Whale Foundation offers the Maui Whale Festival to raise awareness about these cherished marine mammals and inspire the public to care for the vital and unique whale habitat encompassed by the four islands of Maui County.”
In addition to hosting the Maui Whale Festival, Pacific Whale Foundation offers educational whalewatch ecotours from Maui’s Lahaina and Ma’alaea Harbors from November 4 through May 15. Sightings are guaranteed, or guests go again free.
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! 
Saturday, February 8, 2014 
VIP Benefit Dinner Cruise with Pacific Whale Foundation Founder and Executive Director Greg Kaufman 
Join Pacific Whale Foundation's Founder and Executive Director Greg Kaufman on a sunset four-course dinner and whalewatching cruise out of Lahaina Harbor. Watch whales with uniquely insightful interpretation of the whales' activities presented by Kaufman based on his four decades of whale research in Hawaii, Australia, Ecuador and other parts of the Pacific  $150 per person. Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%.
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.
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.” Parade runs from 9:00 am to 10 am along South Kihei Road, from Alanui Keali’i Drive to Waimaihaihai Street. 
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 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, County of Maui Office of Economic Development and Hawaii Tourism Authority. 
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 Lahaina Harbor. $49.95 adults, $34.95 children ages 7 -12. Children ages 6 and under go free.
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.
Thursday, March 13 and Friday, March 14, 2014
Evenings With the Experts
Discover the latest developments about humpback whales during two evenings of free, riveting presentations of photos, films, recordings and first person accounts of studying whales in the wild, offered by noted whale experts from around the world. Free and open to the public. At the Westin Maui Ka;anapali Resort and Spa. 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. 
Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15, 2014
Weekend with the Experts Whalewatches
For a truly once-in-a-lifetime whalewatch experience, embark on one of the unique whalewatches narrated by the esteemed guest speakers from the Weekend with the Experts and Pacific Whale Foundation founder and Executive Director Greg Kaufman. During the whalewatch cruise the guest speakers from Weekend with the Experts will take turns at the microphone, drawing upon their years of research and conservation advocacy to provide insightful interpretation of the whales’ activities. $49.95 adults, $34.95 for children ages 7 -12. Children ages 6 and under go free.
December 5, 2013 - 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 have binoculars and scopes to offer a better view of the whales, plus models and artifacts for hands-on exploration. Free and open to all. 

Papawai Point  -   Offered daily, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, December 15 through April 25
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, 7:30-11:30 am, December15 through April 25
View whales along the Ocean Path in front of the Wailea Marriott, off Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea.

Maui Ocean Club  -  Offered Wednesdays and Fridays, 7:30-11:30 am, December 15 through April 25
Spectacular beach-side whalewatching along the oceanfront pedestrian path at the Maui Ocean Resort at Ka’anapali Beach.

Fleetwood's on Front Street, Lahaina - Offered daily, noon to 4:00 pm ,  December 5 through April 25
Owned by rock icon Mick Fleetwood, Fleetwood’s has a spacious, shaded upper deck that is ideal for watching whales off the coast.  

November 14 and December 13, 2013
January 12 and February 10, 2014
Moonlight Tidepool Explorations
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.
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 info, call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.   
December 26 and 27, 2013
December 30, 2013 through January 3, 2014
Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Camp Holiday Session
The holiday session of Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Camp begins with two days (December 26 and 27) devoted to the theme of "Leaping Large Mammals of Hawaii," and includes a field trip toMaui Ocean Center and a visit to Ulua Beach. During the following week, December 30 to January 30, we will explore "Protecting Wild Whales" with a program that includes a whalewatch, a visit to Waihee Refuge, a field trip to Kamaole Beach Park, a surfing lesson and more, plus art, games, scientific exploration and fun.  Ocean Camp is for children in grades K-5 and is led by the marine education team from Pacific Whale Foundation. Camp hours are from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. You can enroll your child for individual or multiple days, Monday through Friday.
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, 2013 - What are Whales? - Classroom Program
Wednesday January 22, 2013 - What Kind of Whales Are There? - Classroom Program
Wednesday January 29, 2013 - What Whales are in Hawaii - Classroom Program
Wednesday February 5, 2013 - “SEAfari” Pacific Whale Foundation Whalewatch
Exploratory Marine Science Labs
with Pacific Whale Foundation
Pacific Whale Foundation's marine education team offers a wide variety of labs and field experiences geared for classes or groups in pre-school through high school. If you are interested in these programs please visit Please note that PWF's education team can put together a customized program for you. Whether your group is traveling to Maui, you’re looking to integrate ocean experiences and investigations into your on-island program, you want to schedule a classroom visit with a specialized field trip or are seeking a three day program, the possibilities are endless.