World Whale Day 2017

Voted Best Community Festival on Maui

World Whale Day & Parade of Whales is presented by Pacific Whale Foundation to raise awareness and inspire action to protect humpback whales and their ocean habitat. Over 20,000 Maui residents and visitors attend World Whale Day festivities. There's something for everyone to enjoy!

  • Parade of Whales 
  • Live Music
  • Keiki Stage & Keiki Carnival
  • Food Booths & Food Trucks
  • Made on Maui Artisan Fair
  • Online Auction                                                                  
  • Wild & Wonderful Whale Regatta 
  • Tidal Trash Treasures Art Contest
  • Eco Alley of Environmental Groups & Green Businesses
  • 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 ocean-themed floats of all shapes and sizes. Prizes are awarded in several categories. Click here for more info.

Live Music

Performances from the Kalama Park stage from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm. Click here to view the 2017 entertainment line-up. Also check out the 2016 World Whale Day highlights video!

Keiki Stage

Enjoy entertainment on our Keiki Stage throughout the day, including: Banana Slug String Band. Doug "Dirt" Greenfield & "Airy" Larry Graff have toured Hawaii for over 20 years and are part of a national program called Ocean Literacy, producing 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. 

Keiki Carnival

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 the air and perform gravity-defying maneuvers like flips and somersaults! Also New for 2017: Crafts by Monkeypod Art & Creative Studio and Lei Po'o Station with materials and hands-on instruction provided by Manutea Nui E. 

'Ono Food

An array of 'ono grindz and tasty treats served all day from food booths and Maui's favorite food trucks. Farm-to-table booths also offering fresh, locally grown take-home products. Click here for more info on food available at the festival. 

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.

Online Auction

Savvy shoppers and bargain hunters find great deals on once-in-a-lifetime experiences and one-of-a-king gifts, including world-class dining and entertainment, artwork, activities and more at our Online Auction. All proceeds support Pacific Whale Foundation's research, education and conservation programs. Bidding is open Feb 12 - 25. Click here to visit the Online Auction page.

More To See & Do

World Whale Day’s "Eco Alley" provides free event space to environmental non-profits, agencies and green businesses 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 free roundtrip airfare! 

New for 2017: Tidal Trash Treasures Art Contest. Bring your original artwork made of marine debris to Kalama Park the day before World Whale Day and enter to win valuable prizes. All artwork will be displayed during the Festival. Click here for more info and contest rules.


There is a $5 cash only entrance fee to attend World Whale Day 2017 at Kalama Park. Keiki 12 and under are FREE. Food and activities within the park require scrip, which will be available for purchase on site. ATM's will be stationed adjacent to both park entrances. 

NEW FOR 2017: Skip the lines! Pre-sale tickets are available for purchase at Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Stores in Ma'alaea and Lahaina starting January 1.

Event regulations 

  • No outside food, beverages or coolers are permitted.
  • This is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event.
  • Dogs are allowed but must be on leash.
  • The following items are not allowed: posters, signs, banners, petitions, amplified speakers, video cameras, knives, firearms or weapons of any kind.

2017 World Whale Day Event Map

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 & Hope Chapel, free shuttles to and from Kalama Park, plus Maui bus info.