Run & Walk For The Whales February 1

The annual Run & Walk for Whales takes place on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Maui Harbor Shops. The event kicks off the Pacific Whale Foundation’s month-long 40th Anniversary Maui Whale Festival.

Designed for all ages and abilities, the Run & Walk for Whales is one of Maui’s largest and most scenic run and walking events. More than 500 runners and walkers will gather in solidarity for ocean conservation and to celebrate the homecoming of Maui’s humpback whales.

Participants and spectators are invited to stay for breakfast, awards, music by Marty Dread and family-friendly activities. Those who can’t race in person on Maui, can still Run & Walk for Whales where they live and support the research, education and conservation efforts of Pacific Whale Foundation by joining the virtual team.

Maui Whale Festival 2020

Dating back to 1980, Maui Whale Festival was known as Whale Day, celebrated in late April on Earth Day in a parking lot in central Kīhei. From sunrise to sunset, Maui residents and visitors celebrated the work of local environmentalist groups, and enjoyed live entertainment, food booths and family-friendly activities.

Over time, a Run & Walk for Whales and a conservation rally were included, earning the event a mayoral proclamation that encouraged all citizens to support and participate in programs that seek to protect whales.

In time, Whale Day grew from 2,000 participants in its 10th year to 20,000 in its 37th, eventually requiring the use of all of Kalama Park in Kīhei.

Today, Maui Whale Festival is offered in February, peak humpback whale season, in Wailuku Town, Kīhei, Lahaina and Mā‘alaea with major activities occurring each week, allowing residents and visitors many more opportunities for engagement.  Additional event highlights can be found on the Festival website.