We here at the Sayles Team hope that everyone had a great start of the new year! Did you get to attend any of last month’s featured events? February is just around the corner, and this month is chalk full of fantastic entertainment options and family fun activituies. There’s a month long festival that celebrates our island’s favorite annual visitors. The MACC will again host toe-tapping, world-class musical acts; hilarious stand-up comedians; a special celebration of a hula icon; and even an intimate evening with a best selling author! Let’s start by highlighting the February long festival featuring everyone’s favorite gentle giants, the humpback whale.
Maui Whale Festival
Occurring throughout the month of February, Maui Whale Festival celebrates the return of migrating humpback whales to Maui Nui. The multi-tiered offering encourages residents, visitors and people around the world to participate in and support Pacific Whale Foundation‘s ocean conservation efforts through events such as Race for Whales and large-scale community beach cleanups to educational, family-friendly activities.
Race for Whales
Race for Whales, a virtual event open to global participants, is back for 2023 and taking place all month long. Race for Whales invites registrants to upload and track any and all movement, whether running, walking, biking, etc., measured in miles throughout the month. T-shirts will be available for purchase, and participants who complete 43 miles will receive medals commemorating 2023 as PWF’s 43rd year dedicated to protecting whales and dolphins and inspiring environmental stewardship.
The month-long celebration will feature myriad opportunities to learn about marine mammals, the challenges they face and how we can all be part of the solution. Additional events and activities planned for 2023 Maui Whale Festival include PWF Conservation program’s inaugural large-scale community beach cleanups to be held weekly on Maui throughout February at presently under-served coastal locations. On-island participants are invited to clean up debris and submit their recorded findings to PWF, thereby enabling the organization to continue ongoing research to inform effective measures that protect the waters of Maui Nui. Beach cleanup T-shirts will be available for purchase through Bonfire. A virtual cleanup component may be added if supporters want to organize beach cleanups in their local area and submit debris collection forms to PWF. See flyer above for all the details, including time and location.
Whale Tales is hosted annually by Whale Trust, a Maui-based nonprofit organization dedicated to whale research and ocean education. Whale Tales is both an educational event that bridges the information gap between scientists working in the field and the public, as well as a means to raise funds to support whale research in Hawaii. All proceeds from the Whale Tales event are distributed to selected organizations and students to support whale research in Hawaii through the Whale Tales Beneficiaries Program.
The Pacific Whale Foundation’s Education team will be participating in the Art & Education Expo as part of Whale Trust’s annual Whale Tales. They’ll be one of many organizations represented in the Marine Science Center, featuring hands-on learning for all ages.
When: From Friday, February 17 to Monday, February 20 (for a full schedule of events, please click here)/Where: The Ritz-Carlton Maui, 1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Kapalua, HI 96761
With Special Guests: TRIBAL SEEDS, KA’IKENA SCANLAN, LIKKLE JORDEE, & NATURAL VIBRATIONS
SOJA (Soldiers of Jah Army) is an American reggae band formed in 1997 in Arlington, Virginia. The band is known for their politically charged lyrics and smooth blend of reggae, roots, and dub. Over the years, SOJA has released numerous critically acclaimed albums, including “Born in Babylon,” “Get Wiser,” and “Amid the Noise and Haste,” and has toured extensively around the world. With a dedicated fan base and a positive message of peace, love, and unity, SOJA is one of the leading voices in modern reggae music.
When: Friday, Feb 10 2023, Show starts at 5:00 PM/Where: Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Yokouchi Pavilion and A&B Amphitheater. GA Tickets are $49/VIP are $99 and available online here.
From Iceland to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings a high energy and unique spin on blues, rock and Americana. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues and rock with a wailing cello, to virtuosic stompin’ Americana, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping. This will be a musical experience not to miss.
When: Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 7:30pm/Where: ProArts Playhouse, 1280 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753. GA tickets are $25/$30 VIP (seats in small groups with their own tables)/ $20 for kama’aina or kupuna and are available online here.
AN EVENING WITH DAVID SEDARIS
An Evening with David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Calypso, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor will be live on stage for one night only, following the release of his newest book Happy Go Lucky. This is a unique opportunity to see the best-selling humorist in an intimate setting. As always, Sedaris will be offering a selection of all-new readings and recollections, as well as a Q&A session and book signing.
When: Thursday, Feb 16 2023, 7:30 PM/Where: Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Castle Theater. Tickets are $47/$52/$57/$62 and only available online here.
JIM GAFFIGAN: DARK PALE TOUR!
Jim Gaffigan is a six-time Grammy nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times best-selling author, three-time Emmy winning top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling recording artist. He is known around the world for his unique brand of humor, which largely revolves around his observations on life.
A top ten comedian according to Forbes’ 2019 comedy list, Jim released his eighth stand-up special, The Pale Tourist, on Amazon. He was also recently awarded for being the first comedian to reach one billion streams on Pandora. His 9th stand-up special, Comedy Monster, premiered on Netflix last December. Up next, Gaffigan will be seen as the lead in the Sci-Fi dramedy, Linoleum, and in 2023 will star as Mr. Smee in Disney’s Peter Pan and Wendy, opposite Jude Law and Yara Shahidi.
He will also co-star with Jerry Seinfeld, Melissa McCarthy, James Marsden, and Hugh Grant in Netflix’s Unfrosted, and co-stars in the independent film Susie Searches which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. HBO Max recently announced Gaffigan joined the cast of Full Circle, a limited series from Steven Soderbergh and Ed Solomon which follows an investigation into a botched kidnapping connecting multiple characters and cultures in present day New York.
When: Thursday, Feb 23 2023, 7:30 PM/Where: Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Castle Theater. Tickets are $49.50/$59.50/$69.50 and available online here.
2023 Great Whale Count
The annual Great Whale Count, part of Maui Whale Festival, brings volunteers together to count whales from shore as part of a long-term survey of humpback whales in Hawai‘i. This event provides a snapshot of trends in relative abundance of whales and is one of the world’s longest-running community scientist projects.
2023 Great Whale Count events will take place in various locations across the island. From the North Shore to Kapalua, Kahana to Lahaina, Ma’alaea to Kihei, Wailea and Makena. If you would like to volunteer, the foundation kindly asks that you select only ONE location for each month/date. Each Great Whale Count event lasts four hours and volunteers must be able to participate the entire time.
When: Saturday, February 25th, from 8AM to 12PM/Where: for a full list of locations, please check the map above.
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