Posted on: May 9, 2011

Pacific Whale Foundation to Hold “Aloha to the Whales” Cruise

It’s been a fantastic winter of watching the humpback whales off the coast of Maui.  As the last of the whales are departing to make their 3,000 mile journey back to their summer feeding areas off Alaska, Pacific Whale Foundation will be holding its annual “Aloha to the Whales” cruise to bid farewell and wish them safe travels. This special whalewatch cruise will take place on Sunday, May 15, from 9 am to 11 am on the double deck catamaran Ocean Quest from Lahaina Harbor. 

This special whalewatch will include a brief ceremony with a traditional Hawaiian chant and mele (song) performed by Kimokeo Kapahulehua and Vene Chun, as well as live musical entertainment by Dane Fujiwara and narration about the whales and highlights of the season by our onboard naturalist. Whale sightings are guaranteed, or you will get a free ticket for a regular Pacific Whale Foundation whalewatch that can be used anytime before May 15, 2012. All guests will receive a free whale poster and free color whalewatch guide. 

“We have been seeing whales during these past few weeks, and we expect to see them again on May 15,” says Greg Kaufman, President and Founder of Pacific Whale Foundation. “There are always those stragglers who stay here a bit longer, including mother whales that give their calves some extra time here in the breeding grounds to grow stronger before making the long migration.”

“This special cruise and ceremony at sea is always very moving,” notes Kaufman. “We miss the whales when they leave, but we also recognize that their migration, one of the longest in the animal kingdom, is something of a miracle.”

“Summer is the time for the whales to focus on feeding and regaining the weight they lost during the winter breeding season in Hawaii,” says Kaufman. “We wish for them a productive and healthy summer, so that they may return strong and well-nourished next winter.”

Adult tickets for the Welcome Home the Whales cruise are $19.95. Children ages 7 to 12 are $17.00. Children ages 6 and under go free, one per paying adult. Save 10% by booking online at Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%. Refreshments will be available for sale onboard. 

To learn more or to book by phone, please call (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.