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

The 36th Annual World Whale Day & Parade of Whales was held on Saturday, February 13 in Kihei. Over 20,000 Maui residents and visitors were expected attend this year's festivities and there was 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   

Listen Up

CLICK HERE to listen to PWF Founder Greg Kaufman's interview about the Maui Whale Festival with KAOI's Cindy Paulos!

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 10:00 am to 6:00 pm featuring Willie K, Cyril Pahinui, John Cruz, Amy Hanaiali'i, HAPA, George Kahumoku, and Polynesian dance troupe Manutea Nui E. As always, Marty Dread closes out the festival with a dance party into the sunset. Click here for more info on the stage line-up. You can also watch the World Whale Day highlights video or view performances from 2015.

Keiki Carnival

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

'Ono Food

An array of ono food and tasty treats served all day from popular Maui restaurants and food trucks. New for 2016: farm-to-table booths offering fresh, locally grown products. Click here for more info on food available at the festival. 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. New for 2016: special exhibit space for emerging green businesses and entreprenuers. Click here for a list of Made on Maui participants.

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. Bidding from February 7-20 and all proceeds support Pacific Whale Foundation's non-profit programs. 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

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 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 2015 Highlights Video