Maui is one of those places you visit and instantly feel as if you’ve been transported to a tropical paradise. From the second you arrive, you’re greeted by the shining sun, sandy beaches, lush natural scenery and friendly natives. This Hawaiian island is a wonderful place to leave stress behind and partake in unique, memory making experiences like the Maui Whale Festival.
Each year the Pacific Whale Foundation organises and hosts the Maui Whale Festival to bring the focus of public attention to these magnificent sea creatures. Every year the fest has a different theme, like “Be Whale Aware” that reminds boaters, ship captains and recreational ocean users to always be on the lookout for whales and reduce their vessel speeds to lower the risk of collision.
The Maui Whale Festival celebrates the thousands of humpback whales that migrate to the waters surrounding the island each winter and spring as its a primary mating and calving area for these animals in the United States. The festival features a variety of fun and educational events that help to raise awareness for these sea mammals.
Maui Whale Festival Daily Activities
During each year’s fest there are daily activities that visitors can experience to learn more about humpback whales and to see them live. Some favorite activities from past years have been the “Photo Tribute to Whales” exhibit where people can see amazing photographs of the creatures by professional nature photographers, and the “Trail the Whale: Free Whale Information Stations” where naturalists and volunteers were stationed at three locations to share the best techniques for spotting whales.
Maui Whale Festival Events
Throughout the festival, there are also a variety of events where people can get information on humpback whales, learn about the migration and take part in activities to help the creatures. Some favorite events include:
Run and Walk for the Whales: In 2014 you can join the Pacific Whale Foundation for the sixth annual Run for the Whales, one of Maui’s largest fun runs and walks. There will be a 5k, 10k, half marathon and a 2.5 mile fun walk. The races will start and end and Ma’alaea Harbour. All proceeds go to whale research.
World Whale Day: For the past 34 years, World Whale Day has been one of Maui’s most popular events. This all-day celebration begins with the Parade of the Whales along South Kihei Road. This is followed by an opening ceremony and hula as well as live entertainment from some of Hawaii’s top recording artists.
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