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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 -- 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 S. 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.
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: 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! Also New for 2017: Lei Po'o Station. Make your own unique lei po'o with materials and hands-on instruction provided by Manutea Nui E.
Enjoy entertainment on our Keiki Stage throughout the day, including:
Seth Grabel. Acromagic and Illusions, direct from Las Vegas. Known worldwide for his mind-blowing performances on the blockbuster NBC series America's Got Talent, where he stunned the judges and quickly became a fan favorite. Seth brings a hilariously skillful show of "next generation magic" for all ages.
Banana Slug String Band. Duo composed of Doug "Dirt" Greenfield & "Airy" Larry Graff. The pair have toured the Hawaiian Islands for over 20 years running. Now part of a national program called Ocean Literacy, the Banana Slug String Band was commissioned in 2008 by NOAA and the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, to produce songs that raise awareness of the watery world we live in.
Keiki Hula. Performances and Music provided by Manutea Nui E, also featured performers on the Main Stage.
Maui Aerial Arts. Compassionate, Challenging and Creative Acrobatics that will dazzle the eye and thrill the mind.
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.
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!
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 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!
- To become a sponsor of World Whale Day 2017, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.