Hawaii Expanded whale festival gets early start on Maui By Shane Nelson / December 06, 2010 Share 1 -- The Pacific Whale Foundation, a Maui-based nonprofit corporation, moved the start date of its annual Maui Whale Festival up to Nov. 26 this year and has substantially expanded the schedule of events to run through mid-May. Held in connection with the arrival of thousands of migrating humpback whales who travel to the Hawaiian Islands to calve and mate each year, the Maui Whale Festival features dozens of events whose proceeds help to fund a range of marine education programs. The festival's signature event, Whale Day, runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 19 in Kihei and will include the 31st annual Parade of Whales, musical performances, food, a craft fair, children's activities, silent auctions and a whale-themed regatta. Other events held throughout the festival include a half-marathon Run for the Whales Feb. 5, the For the Love of Whales activities on Valentine's Day weekend, whale-watching excursions, lectures and the Great Whale Count on Feb. 26. For a complete listing of events, visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org.