One of the questions we are most asked is “When is Maui’s Whale Season?”
Typically the first humpback whales arrive in early October and can stay through June, though officially whale season is December 15th through April 15th with most whale watching tour operators guaranteeing whale sightings from January 1st through March 15th which is referred to as the ‘Whale Soup’ period because there are so many whales.
Yes, the whales are back and we don’t just mean back in Maui. The number of Humpbacks world wide has greatly increased. Finally some great marine life news!
The first humpback of the season has been spotted! A whale was spotted this morning in the Auau Channel by a tour boat carrying local kids.
The whale viewing season runs from November to May.
The Maui Ocean Center has released four Hawaiian green sea turtles into the ocean. Luana, Holokai, Kapene, and Nanahea were hatched at Sea Life Park Hawaii in 2016, then transferred to Maui Ocean Center where they were part of the aquarium’s educational program to teach guests about Hawaii’s sea turtles. The group was released Thursday from a catamaran off Maalaea.
Photo credit: Maui Ocean Center
Welcoming back our own Central East Maui Little League team. First team from Maui to make it to the Little League World Series in Willamsport, PA. Our boys finished fourth overall.
The Maui News | Photo: Matthew Thayer
LOCAL NEWS: Aloha at the end of the road…
Gordon Ramsay brings his new show ‘Uncharted’ to Hana, airing on the National Geographic channel. He meets with Maui locals like world-class free diver Kimi Werner and famous chef Sheldon Simeon owner of two of Maui’s best places to eat Tin Roof & Lineage.
MEDIA: Gordon Ramsay Hawaii Cooking
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HAPPY 4th OF JULY
Lahaina town is the center of 4th of July activates on Maui. The best way to view the Lahaina fireworks show is from the water. We can help you book a Fireworks Boat Cruise.
This 12-minute film features the highlights of Haleakalā National Park from the summit, the wilderness, to the Kīpahulu district of the park. Discover endemic species including rare native birds and plants, gain useful tips for visiting the park, and insights into Haleakalā’s Hawaiian heritage.
VISIT: Haleakalā National Park
Maui offers many options for exploring the waters surrounding the island. Boat tours on large passenger vessels, sailing catamarans, small high-speed rafts, luxury private charters, dive boats, parasailing, charter fishing trips, snorkeling trips, whale watching, sunset cruise, dinner cruises, jet boats. Many people book a couple of different Maui boat tours, we assist you with juggling all the different options and help you select the best boat tours for what you wish to experience when exploring the island.
TOUR LINK: BEST MAUI BOAT TOURS
We work directly with corporate leaders to assist with planning a variety of Maui excursions with the goal of arranging events that best entertain their group. We schedule private group tours and activities and reserve all transportation needs for boat tours, fishing charters, helicopter tours, luaus and sightseeing outings.
There are many different air tours offered on the island of Maui. One of our favorites is the West Maui Mountains and island of Molokai helicopter tour. It’s an amazing experience that offers truly unique access to places that otherwise would be impossible to view.
VISIT: Maui’s Best Helicopter Tour
On Maui private boat tour charters the boat, captain and crew create an itinerary that caters to your specific desires. Private tour boat charters are also great way to mix up the days itinerary by having the capability to adjust the days activates to suit whatever you wish to see and do. Can be a combination of fishing, sightseeing, snorkeling, sunset cruise or whale and dolphin watching.
Mo’okiha o Pi’ilani crew members paddle guests back to Makena’s Maluaka Beach after a visit to the voyaging canoe Saturday morning. The community outreach gave youngsters an opportunity to learn traditional sailing and navigation practices and build conservation awareness through beach and ocean activities. It culminated five days of training for new Mo’okiha o Pi’ilani crew members. “How to care for the canoe and how to care for the ‘aina (land),” said crew member Mahina Hou Ross of Molokai. “It’s all connected. The canoe is your island and island is your canoe.”
LOCAL NEWS: Maui Outrigger Canoe Culture
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
Want to experience paddling an Outrigger Canoe on Maui?
VISIT: Maui Outrigger Canoe Tours
Fishing trips are a great outdoor outing that create a lifetime memory for the whole family and Maui is one of the most beautiful places to go offshore fishing in the world!
There are a variety of fishing trip options to choose from: Sportfishing, bottom fishing, half-day, full-day, morning trips, afternoon trips. Whatever type of fishing experience you are looking for we can make it happen.
Mama’s Fish House
Kuau Cove – Mamas Fish House Beach
One of Maui’s Best Restaurants
Keiki climbing a palm tree in front of Mama’s Fish House.
In the distance you can see a snow capped Haleakala on Maui. YES…it does snow in Hawaii. Typically only on the Big Island at the summit of Mauna Kea. It’s rare but even Haleakala does occasionally receive some snowfall.
We deliver and pick up kayaks to Maui vacation rental homes and local island parks and beaches In Kihei, Wailea, Kaanapali, and Lahaina. We take great pride in our customer service and reliability. Kayaks are delivered by certified instructors and guides who will go over everything you need to know about your rental; we offer instruction to beginners and local knowledge about the best places to explore.
Looking to escape from it all when vacationing on Maui? We encourage everyone to do at least one wet-sweat-muddy activity. Hiking is one of the best ways to get-a-way from it all. One of the best Maui hikes is located in the west Maui mountain Kahalawai. The Waihee Ridge Trail provides great views of Wailuku and Kahului.
The Waihee Ridge Trail is a 2.5 miles long fairly steep with a 1500′ gain in elevation, little shade, it is often wet and cloudy, provides amazing lush green mountain views.
Hiking with kids? Waihee Ridge Trail is steep and there are several sections with cliffs. For the most part this is a kid friendly hike and a trail we often enjoy as a family, we usually see other families with small children.
Location: Waihee Ridge Trail
The MACC is Maui Arts & Cultural Center. This is the hub of art and entertainment on the island of Maui. YES, exhibits are free and this is a great activity for families and kids. Upcoming exhibit is Surfing Hawai’i and it will run from Dec 16 thru Feb 15. Jan 12 is Observe & Play Family Day. Families are invited to view the exhibit together and engage in some hands-on art-making fun.
Maui Event: Surfing Hawai’i | MACC
Maui Event: Observe & Play Family Day | MACC
Whale season is here! One of the best things about being on Maui during the months of December through April are the humpback whales. There are a variety of ways to experience these majestic creatures. Hawaii Magazine has some great tips….
Sea-son of Giving is Maui Ocean Centers annual holiday shopping experience that supports local environmental causes and nonprofits. Event will be held on Dec 6 from 6:00 to 9;00 pm at the MOC Aquarium of Hawaii located Maalaea, Maui. Bring the kids, there will also be a visit from Scuba Santa swimming around in the exhibits.
Maui Event: Sea-Son of Giving | Maui Ocean Center
One of the top five biggest wave spots in the world is located on Maui. Known to locals as Peʻahi, better known to the rest of the world as JAWS. One of the questions we are often asked is; Where is Jaws located? It is located off the Hana Hwy in Haiku-Pauwela between mile markers 13-14, close to the Valley Isle Memorial Park (20.942202,-156.3006880). The Peahi lookout is 1.5 miles down Hahana Road, it is a dirt and often muddy road and requires a four-wheel drive vehicle to reach the remote lookout. For visitors it is best to park in a pull off on Haiku Road and hike in. Most of the time there is not much to see but in the winter months when the swells are biggest is your best chance. We went to the lookout today and man did we get lucky, it was the largest the waves had been in 10 years. Seeing surfers ride theses waves is an amazing site to experience! Great job by all the competitors of the Jaws Challenge, special shout out to Maui locals Billy Kemper and Kai Lenny.
News: Billy Kemper Wins Jaws Challenge at Pe’ahi, Maui | Maui Now