It’s easy to take for granted things which are constant, like the seasonal return of the Pacific Humpback whales known in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) as koholā. These gentle two ton giants migrate over two thousand miles from their feeding grounds in Alaska to the sheltered waters of the Hawaiian Islands to calf and nurse their young.
Beloved for their majestic form, playful behaviors and haunting songs, the Humpback’s arrival each year is celebrated by residents and visitors alike. Maui has some of the very best viewing options to witness these magnificent mammals for yourself.
November through April, whether whale watching from shore, your kayak, or on a boat tour, chances are you’ll see whales. The rush of sighting a whale-be it for the first, or one thousandth time-never disappoints. Whale watching is thrilling! Check out the Pacific Whale Foundation at pacificwhale.org, Kayak whale watching tours at mauikayakadventures.com or spectacular shoreline viewing from Scenic lookouts at Papawai Point off the Piilani Highway (Route 30) or at Ho’okipa Beach Lookout Park off the Hana Highway (Route 36).
By the constancy of their migration habits, whales offer tons of reassurance. They remind us that good things are worth waiting for, and if cared for, will return again. May this Season’s koholā migration bring you Aloha and reassurance that all is right, or, as we say in Hawaii, pono in the world.