Whale of a Weekend

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February is peak whale season on Maui. It is hard to look out at the ocean and not see whales. I was out in Huelo yesterday along the North Shore and I saw whales spouting. I watched another whale breach while driving past Ho’okipa beach park. Earlier in the week, I showed our bed and breakfast listing in West Maui. In about 5 minutes of watching the ocean I saw no fewer than 6 separate pods of whales. Some of the pods were putting on true acrobatic displays with individuals breaching repeatedly.

This weekend Maui celebrates our famous visitors. Kalama Park in Kihei will be hosting Whale day. The event will be running from 9:00 t0 5:00 PM with concerts, a keiki carnival, silent auction, craft fair, food and eco exhibits. Performers include John Cruz, the Barefoot Natives, Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom and more. The event kicks off with the Parade of Whales down South Kihei Road.

On the other side of the island, Kapalua will be hosting Whale Quest Kapalua. This event will include educational seminars, whale watch excursions, interactive educational displays, art and photo exhibitions, and a Charity Golf Tournament. A number of foremost experts on humpback whales and others will be attending this interactive event.

If you can’t attend either event, take a few minutes to gaze out at the ocean around Maui. Chances are it won’t be long before a whale makes its presence known.

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