The Maui whale Festival began over the weekend on Feburary 6th with the Run for the Whales event; a 5 km run/walk and half Marathons on the southern coast of the island. The month-long festival is a series of whale themed events produced on Maui by the Pacific Whale Foundation every February. A lot of the events are free and open to the public which is a great thing to participate in if you’re visiting Maui on your Hawaii vacation. You can learn about these magnificent creatures and also enjoy opportunities to appreciate the music and culture of Hawaii.
The Maui Whale Festival which began in 1980 is one of the longest running events held on Maui. This year marks its 30th anniversary and will be bigger and better than ever. The festival celebrates and honors thousands of humpback whales which make a long trek to Maui from the northern borders off the coast of Alaska each year while here, the whales mate, give birth and care for their young.
Other upcoming events include an inaugural Keiki ECO-day conference in February 19 which is designed to promote positive interaction between children and the environment and to promote real action on the part of kids. Later in the evening there’ll be a sustainable dinner and comedy show called laugh @ da Park starring local celebrity and award-winning comedian Augie T. For more information and reservations call 808-249-8811 ext.1. On Sunday, February 21 you can embark on a very special whale watch lead by the Pacific whale foundation president and founder Greg Kaufman. You’ll had out to see on the double deck catamaran perfect for whale watching. Early reservations are encouraged in its $49 for adults and $34 for children call 1-800-942-5311 ext. 1 for reservations.
There’s a lot more going on this year so please contact the Pacific Whale Foundation to get more information and make whale watching part of your Hawaii vacation. www.pacificwhale.org.