World Whale Day

Voted Best Community Festival on Maui

Pacific Whale Foundation presents the Maui Whale Festival annually to raise awareness and inspire action to protect humpback whales and their ocean habitat. The Festival includes World Whale Day & Parade of Whales -- held every February on the Saturday before Presidents Day.

Upcoming World Whale Days:

  • February 18, 2017
  • February 17, 2018
  • February 16, 2019
  • February 15, 2020

Over 20,000 Maui residents and visitors are expected attend this year's festivities and there's something for everyone to enjoy!

  • Parade of Whales 
  • Live Music
  • Keiki Carnival
  • 'Ono Local Foods                                                                    
  • Made on Maui Fair
  • Online Auction
  • Eco Alley
  • Whale Regatta
  • Prizes & More   

Parade of Whales

A colorful and lively procession along South Kihei Road from 9:00am to 10:00am featuring costumed sea characters, marching bands and floats of all shapes and sizes. Prizes were awarded in several categories to participants. Click here for more info.

Live Music

Performances from the Kalama Park stage from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm. Entertainment lineup coming soon! 

Click here for more info on the stage line-up and watch the 2016 World Whale Day highlights video!

Keiki Carnival

Kids have a whale of a time at the Keiki Carnival featuring bouncy castles, crafts, games, face painting, cotton candy, shave ice, and plenty of engaging activities for the young and young at heart.

New for 2017: is the Maui Spider Jump, Hawaii’s only reverse bungee system. Jump over 20 feet in to the air and perform gravity-defying maneuvers like flips and somersaults!

'Ono Food

An array of ono food and tasty treats served all day from popular Maui restaurants and food trucks. Farm-to-table booths offering fresh, locally grown take-home products. Click here for more info on food available at the festival. Outside food, beverages, alcohol and coolers not permitted. 

Made on Maui Artisan Fair

The original "Made on Maui" Fair showcases dozens of Maui artisans and their unique, locally crafted wares. Special exhibit space is provided for green businesses and entreprenuers. Click here for more info on Made on Maui.

Online Auction

Savvy shoppers and bargain hunters find great deals on once-in-a-lifetime experiences, gift certificates, world-class dining and entertainment, artwork and more at our Online Auction. All proceeds support Pacific Whale Foundation's non-profit programs. Bidding opens February 12! 

Visit the Online Auction page

More To See & Do

World Whale Day’s "Eco Alley" provides free event space to environmental non-profits, businesses and agencies working to protect Maui's natural resources. 

Our Wild & Wonderful Whale Regatta is a fun-filled race featuring little rubber whales on a fast-moving watercourse. Sponsor one of these whales to win a free trip to Maui! 

Prizes will be awarded throughout the day to attendess and those joining the festivities on social media. If you can't make it to Kalama Park on February 18, you can also catch the World Whale Day livestream broadcast. 

2017 World Whale Day Event Map

Mahalo to our 2016 Sponsors

Hawaiian Airlines, the County of Maui, Office of Economic Development, Department of Parks and Recreation, Maui Printing, Hawaii Water Service Company, SunEdison, Matson, Maui Gold Pineapple Company, Kaiser Permanent. Mahalo for your support!

How to Get to World Whale Day

Visit our Maps & Directions page for more details on location, parking and transportation options -- including free satellite parking at Azeka Center & Kihei Baptist Chapel, free shuttles to and from Kalama Park, plus Maui bus info.


World Whale Day Highlights Video