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Exploring: Calendar > Maui > February
December through April
HUMPBACK WHALE WATCHING SEASON
Humpbacks begin their southern migration from Alaska to Hawai'i in December every year to give birth to their calves as well as to mate. Whales stay through about April, but dates can vary somewhat.
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
Lahaina welcomes the lunar New Year with colorful and exciting lion dances on Front Street. On Friday evening, the lions parade through town visiting shops. On Saturday, the 800 block of Front Street is closed to vehicle traffic for a street festival that begins with a Chinese martial arts demonstration, followed by live music with traditional drums, gongs and cymbals, and firecrackers set off every hour. Enjoy booths with food, children's crafts, calligraphy drawing, Chinese massage and more. Free admission. For more information call (888) 310-1117 or (808) 667-9194..
CHINESE NEW YEAR BRUNCH AT KA`ANAPALI BEACH HOTEL
Come and celebrate the Year of the Ox, Chinese New Year, with Ka`anapali Beach Hotel’s fabulous annual Champagne Brunch. Live performances at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. The holiday buffet features over 50 items including Asian delicacies like crispy won tons, egg rolls, mini manapua, Chinese roasted duck, cashew chicken with cake noodles, black bean shrimp, hoisin glazed pork ribs, spicy beef stir-fry and kau yuk (Chinese roasted pork). There will be a Chinese wok stir-fry action station along with an iced seafood bar, our signature Belgian waffles, and our chefs will be carving slow-roasted smoked prime rib. Specialty desserts finish this celebration brunch. Brunch is served from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Call for ticket price information. For more information call 808-667-0124.
WHALE DAY CELEBRATION
Maui’s largest celebration of whales -- voted “Best Community Festival” by Maui Time Weekly Reader’s Poll. This free, all-day family celebration of Maui's humpback whales takes place from 10 am to 5 pm at Kalama Park (by the big whale statue) on South Kihei Road, Kihei. Features live entertainment all day, including hula and performances by some of Hawaii's most popular musicians. A Hawaiian craft fair will feature the work of local crafters. Enjoy a children's carnival, great food by Maui restaurants at the many food booths and pick up some excellent bargains on golf packages, accommodations, restaurant meals and art at the Silent Auction. There are informational displays about whales, the ocean and Maui's natural environment. Whale Day is a benefit for marine education programs for Maui's schoolchildren. Part of The Great Maui Whale Festival, a two-week series of events in celebration of Maui’s humpback whales. For more information call (808) 249-8811 or (800)-942-5311.
MAUI PLEIN AIR PAINTING INVITATIONAL
The Annual Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational returns to Maui from February 16 to 23, 2008. The highly popular art event will once again feature 25 of the finest plein air painters from Hawaii and the mainland. During the event, the artists will fan out across Maui for a week of painting everything from Maui’s pristine beaches to its vanishing plantation houses and Lahaina’s bustling town scenes. Plein air painting is a French term meaning painting outdoors. From Kapalua to Ho’okipa, the public will have the opportunity to meet the artists and watch them at work. For more information call 808-298-6360.
All month (ongoing)
MAUI OCEAN CENTER
The Maui Ocean Center is the only aquarium in the world dedicated to fostering understanding, wonder and respect for Hawaii’s marine life. The three-acre marine park, the largest tropical reef aquarium in the western hemisphere, provides information, tours by marine naturalists and exhibits on thousands of indigenous fish, sharks, turtles, stingrays and other fascinating marine animals. Sea Talks are FREE and open to the public. For more information call (808) 270-7000.
All month (ongoing)
MCGREGOR POINT LOOKOUT
Free whale and ocean information is provided by the Pacific Whale Foundation. The (PWF) Ocean Outreach Van is at this scenic lookout daily 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.with interesting whale displays and free information about whales. PWF's Marine Research naturalists will be on hand to help you spot whales from one of the best shore-based whalewatching locations on Maui. Free. For more information call (808) 879-8860.
Every Sunday (ongoing)
MAUI POLO CLUB GAMES
A great sport for players and spectators alike held in beautiful Upcountry Maui. Be part of the excitement! See the Maui Polo Club's site for event schedule (approx. 1 p.m.) and map/directions to the polo field. For more information call (808) 572-4915 or (808) 877-7744.
HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK
Ongoing Ranger/Naturalist programs include guided walks, hikes, as well as programs on geology and natural and cultural history. In the Summit area, special evening star watching programs are conducted periodically. Occasionally special all day and half day hikes, three day service trips, or full moon hikes are offered. Call: (808) 572-4400 for current schedules. For more information call (808) 572-4400.
Every evening (ongoing)
The Sheraton Maui, Kaanapali (West Maui) rests atop the famed black rock, Puu Kekaa, site of many Hawaiian legends. A torch lighting and cliff diving ceremony is enacted each evening right before sunset. The public can watch a young man in ancient Hawaiian garb light torches as he runs to the rock's summit. Perched at the top, he dives off the cliff into the calm waters surrounding the landmark. For more information call (808) 661-0031 or (800) 245-9229.
ASTRONOMY TOUR OF THE STARS
A brilliant tour of the stars is given nightly on the roof for one hour. Astronomy-quality telescopes are set up for viewing pleasure by the star guide. Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, Kaanapali (West Maui). For more information call (800) 245-9229.
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00 p.m. (ongoing)
MAUI CROQUET CLUB
Play International Rules croquet with the Maui Croquet Club, member of the United States Croquet Association. If you don't know how to play, they will teach you. If you don't have a mallet, they will loan you one. Waipuilani Park, Kihei, HI For more information call (808) 879-0087.
Occasional Saturdays and Sundays (ongoing)
HEUI CRAFT FAIR
Hosted by Na Kupana o Maui at Lahaina Banyond Tree Park, 9:00 am til 5:00 pm. Some live music. Dates are assigned by the County of Maui. For more information call (808) 281-1567.