For the Love of Whales Maui Whale Festival February 2011

For the Love of Whales

February 11 – 14, 2011
For the Love of Whales

This four-day event provides a venue for people to express their love of whales and to enjoy art, photos, video, poetry, hula and musical performances relating to whales, along with an opportunity to learn about whales from noted whale experts, watch a whale film, take part in a whale photo safari and more!

Friday, February 11, 2011
Tribute to Whales
Pacific Whale Foundation presents A Tribute To Whales through art, photography, poetry, and performance. Hula, music and a traditional Hawaiian chant will kick off the festivities on Friday, February 11th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Maui Mall. Following the free music and dance performance, the public will be invited to share and enjoy music, art, poetry, stories, video and photos. Local schools will also share whale-themed art. Click here to download an entry form. Let’s celebrate the whales! Don’t miss an opportunity to create with other artists in our open studio nights January 13th and January 27th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the Discovery Center (across from Beach Bums in Ma’alaea Harbor).
Saturday, February 12 and Sunday, February 13, 2011
Whale Photo Safari
Pacific Whale Foundation’s Research team and renowned professional photographers offer hands-on training on capturing whale images with state-of-the-art digital cameras. An at sea workshop for beginning and advanced photographers. Reservations can be made by clicking here or calling 808-249-8811, ext. 1
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Evening With The Experts

A free multimedia presentation by three of the world’s foremost whale photographers.

Bryant Austin is the first artist to show photos of whales at life-size. These massive photos have a  profound impact on all who view them. Bryant hopes to change perceptions about whales and whaling, by showing these beautiful and impactful photos to audiences around the world. His presentation will include video showing how he photographs whales and assembles the gigantic photos.

Ari Friedlaender is a research scientist at Duke University Marine Laboratory who studies marine mammals in polar regions and the impacts of climate change in their environment. Ari has made 12 trips to Antarctica and spends several months of each year at sea, studying whales. He uses photography as a tool to raise awareness about the issues facing our world’s oceans.

C. T. Ryder is a producer/director/writer in film, TV, and music, and he serves as the President of Earth Foundation. Ryder was on the team that won the Academy Award® for Best Documentary of 2009 for THE COVE, which shed light on the slaughter of dolphins in Japan.

Their presentation is free and open to all. 5:30pm to 8:00pm, Westin Maui Resort and Spa, Kaanapali. Premium seating is reserved for Pacific Whale Foundation members. Advance reservations can be made by clicking here or calling 808-249-8811, ext. 1

Saturday, February 12, 2011
Pali Walk

Hike to see whales! A morning hike led by a professional guide along the Lahaina Pali Trail, up to the ridge top where you can enjoy incredible views of whales in beautiful Ma’alaea Bay.

Saturday, February 12 and Sunday, February 13, 2011
Land-based Whalewatching with Whale Researchers
Pacific Whale Foundation researchers will be stationed at Ka’anapali Beach and Papawai Point scenic overlook on Route 30, to answer questions about whales, help you watch whales from shore and learn about whales and whale research. Free and open to all. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Sunday, February 13, 2011
VIP Whalewatch
Whalewatch with Conference Experts
Embark on an unforgettable whalewatch with the presenters from the “Evening with the Experts” event. Each presenter will narrate a part of the whalewatch, so guests will hear from each one and will get their unique perspectives on the whales that are encountered. Two-hour cruise from Lahaina Harbor. Reservations required. Reservations can be made by clicking here for Malaea or here for Lahaina or calling 808-249-8811, ext. 1
Monday, February 14, 2011
Whale-entine’s Day Cruise
Enjoy a romantic evening of watching whales and a five course chef-prepared dinner featuring locally grown and produced Maui products. From Lahaina Harbor. Reservations required. Contact Pacific Whale Foundation. Reservations can be made by clicking here or calling 808-249-8811, ext. 1

2011 Whale Day Celebration Saturday, February 19, 2011
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Kalama Park, Kihei (scroll down for more info)
Featuring • Live Entertainment • Made in Maui Vendor Fair • Children’s Activities • Eco-Alley • Silent Auction

The Maui Whale Day Celebration

2011 marks the 31st anniversary of Maui’s largest and longest running celebration of its famous wintertime residents, the humpback whales! Whale Day is the signature event of the Maui Whale Festival. Whale Day will also be bigger than ever, with live music by some of Hawaii’s top musicians, a new “Made on Maui” vendor fair, more restaurant food booths with great food by popular Maui restaurants, expanded environmental displays, activities for kids, and lots of information about whales! Whale Day is free and open to all.

The 2011 Whale Day Celebration will take place Saturday, February 19, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Kalama Park in Kihei. Please check back here for more information to be added soon!