NOAA calls for removing humpback whales from endangered species list


There’s added firepower behind the campaign to remove humpback whales from the federal endangered species list, according to an article in today’s Maui News. Since 1970, the U.S. government has recognized that the population of the whales was dwindling and precarious. But today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says that’s changed. “Since then, […]

Saturday, Jan. 31: Run and Walk for the Whales

Join hundreds of supporters this Saturday at Ma’alaea Harbor in a great benefit for whales. Run and Walk for the Whales with the Pacific Whale Foundation in a 2.5 mile walk, 5K run, 10K run or half marathon run. An optional Marine Education program will be available for keiki while you race (6am; $35). A post-race celebration […]

This Friday, Jan. 9: Volunteer on Vacation

Carve out four hours from your life and give back to a local effort this Friday with Pacific Whale Foundation. In partnership with the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, Scott Fisher will lead volunteers during the removal of invasive species and clear brush from the North Shore coast. Learn a little Maui history while giving back during PWF’s Volunteer […]

Wednesday, Dec. 31: New Years Cocktail Cruise

Celebrate the new year at sea with Pacific Whale Foundation’s starlight cruise this Wednesday. Live island-style music, ono appetizers and up to three complimentary cocktails for adults 21 and over await those looking for a New Years celebration fit for Maui. No party is complete without a champagne toast at midnight! There are two sailing options: 10:15pm and […]

Pacific Whale Foundation Sets Up ‘Trail of the Whale’

Watching whales from the shoreline will have a unique spin this year—and you can win a prize. Starting now through mid-May, Pacific Whale Foundation will have trained naturalists stationed at key points along Maui’s coastline to help nature enthusiasts locate and learn about whales from the shore. During a visit to PWF’s Naturalist Stations, whale […]

CORRECTED: Unusual Sighting Of Sperm Whale Off Maalaea

[Ed. Note: This post originally left a digit off the Maui Marine Mammal Response Program phone number at the end of the article. It’s now correct.] The Pacific Whale Foundation says one of its crews spotted a sperm whale on the morning of Thursday, Dec. 4, about a mile outside Ma’alaea Harbor. The crew aboard the […]

Monday, Dec. 15: PWF Trail the Whale Kickoff

Kickoff whale season with Pacific Whale Foundation’s Trail of the Whale stations beginning this Monday at three locations. Join PWF naturalists at Papawai Point (8am-2pm), the Wailea Marriott (Tues/Thu 7:30-11:30am) or the Maui Ocean Club (Wed/Fri 7:30-11:30am) and help find the whales. Ask PWF volunteers questions about whales, spot the winter visitors using the best techniques and learn […]

This Wednesday, Aug. 13: Oldies Cruise with PWF

Flashback to the 1950s and ’60s with Pacific Whale Foundation’s oldies cruise. It comes complete with Darren Lee of the Maui Theater’s “Burn’n Love” show. Guests can look forward to pupus, Maui Brewing Co. brews and dance beats from DJ Michael G. Sail, shake and sizzle with the island’s best Elvis impersonator under the Maui Moon! 6pm-8pm. Pacific Whale […]

This Friday, July 4th: Pacific Whale Foundation Firework Cruise

Hop aboard one of Pacific Whale Foundation’s vessels for an oceanfront view of Lahaina’s firework display on the Fourth of July. What’s even better is that you can avoid the Pali congestion by setting sail from Ma’alaea Harbor. The cruise features pupus, Hawaiian barbecue-glazed ribs, potato-macaroni salad, rolls, sliced watermelon and triple chocolate brownies. Guests can choose up to […]

This Thursday and Friday, Mar. 13 & 14: Evenings with Whale Experts

The Pacific Whale Foundation presents an “Evening with the Experts” this Thursday and Friday. The first night features a free screening of Blackfish along with a presentation by the documentary’s producer, Manny Oteyza, and Howard Garrett, the co-founder and executive director of Orca Network. Later there will be a panel titled “Researchers Making a Difference,” which highlights whale researchers Elsa […]

This Saturday, Feb. 15: Whale Day Celebration at Kalama Park


Commemorate World Whale Day this Saturday at Pacific Whale Foundation’s 34th annual Whale Day Celebration. Whale Day kicks off with a festive parade featuring Grand Marshall Mick Fleetwood, costumed sea creatures, floats, marching bands and live music. Following the parade, there will be family-friendly entertainment, activities, educational displays and more than 70 “Made on Maui” artisans. Various […]

This Friday, Feb. 14: Whale-ntine’s Day


In honor of Whale Day, Pacific Whale Foundation will offer a unique “Whale-ntine’s Day” special “Whales Under the Stars” on Valentine’s Night. Before heading to dinner, catch a sneak peek presentation by Greg Kaufman, a marine specialist and the PWF Executive Director. Kaufman  has been involved in study and protection efforts for over three decades. Take […]

This Saturday, Feb. 1: Run and Walk For The Whales

Hundreds will gather at Ma’alaea Harbor to benefit the whales this Saturday. Run and walk with the Pacific Whale Foundation in one of the following events: a 2.5 mile walk, 5K run, 10K run and half marathon run. Enroll your keiki in the optional Marine Education program for $35 while you race (6am). Racers will […]

This Wednesday, Jan. 15: Whale Photo Safari

All aboard for Pacific Whale Foundation’s Whale Photo Safari. All photography skills are welcome on this three-hour tour that will give you a chance to practice snapping photos of our wild sea life. You depart on the catamaran Ocean Explorer, just in time for sunset. Staff will also drop an underwater hydrophone into the water […]

This Thursday, Dec. 26: Fleetwood’s “Gift of Life” Appetizer

Fleetwood’s on Front Street is partnering with the Pacific Whale Foundation to bring you “Gift of Life” appetizers that will help you help the whales that visit our islands every year. Every time in December that you order a “Gift of Life” appetizer at the Front Street establishment, 100 percent of the proceeds go to […]

Why Does A Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Member Want The Whales Removed From The Endangered Species List?

By Anthony Pignataro It’s hard to imagine these days–especially if you’re standing on any south or west-face Maui beach in the winter for more than a minute–but even just 50 years ago there were fewer than 1,500 humpback whales in the North Pacific. Whaling, which devastated whale populations around the world, had largely been banned […]