Maui Whale Festival
For over 30 years, the Maui Whale Festival has been held in South Maui to commemorate, celebrate and inform locals and visitors of our incredible winter guests: Humpback Whales.
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The Maui Whale Festival is held in Kihei at Kalama Park in South Maui, Hawaii. Other events are also held in locations nearby.
Every year, in late February or early March, the Pacific Whale Foundation hosts the Maui Whale Festival. Festivities are carried out all week, but most of the event is held on 2 days during the weekend.
Food and Drink
Local restaurants come out in full force to feed us. Some of the past restaurants representing are:
- Alexander’s Fish & Chips
- Beach Bums
- Cold Stone Creamery
- Kahului Ale House
- Maui Brewing Company
- Maui Kazowie
- Maui Masala
- Maui Oriental Market
- Orchid Thai
- Paradise Tropical Ice
- Shaka Pizza
- Taqueria Cruz
- Zia Maria’s Gelato
All food and drinks are purchased using scripts. There is no alcohol being served at the Festival.
The main stage has had some real talent play in the past. Some headliners include:
- Cecilio & Kapono
- Na Leo Pilimehana
- John Cruz
- George Kahumoku
- Marty Dread
Other Fun Stuff
There’s a parade, games, and plenty to do for the Keiki (children.) From jungle gyms to bouncy houses, the kids will love the festival. There’s also a Keiki ECO-Day Conference to teach the kids about being ecological. At night, dinner with jazz and live comedy has occurred in the past.
Parking is kind of crazy during the day, so you can check with Pacific Whale Foundation for shuttle services, or try and find some parking up the streets near Kalama Park.
While in Maui during the Winter, make certain you do at least 1 whale watch boat trip. For a full list of different boats as well as photos, video, and information go to Maui Whale Watching.
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