February Events on Maui

Maui Run For The WhalesRun and Walk For The Whales

Runners and walkers, adults and kids, residents and visitors are invited to take part in one of Maui’s largest fun runs and walking events. The Run and Walk for the Whales course includes ocean views — you might even see a whale or two breaching in the distance! Choose from the 5K walking course, 5K running course, half marathon walking course, half marathon running course and 2K running course for kids. Starting line and post-run festivities will take place at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort, South Maui.  Medallions, lei and free whalewatch tickets awarded to top male and female overall in 5K and Half Marathon. Age group medallions awarded in 5K Run and Half Marathon Run. Keiki race will award medallions to the “boy top finisher” and “girl top finisher.” All runners and walkers will be entered into prize drawings.

This event includes professional chip timing for 5K runners and Half Marathon; clock timing for 5K and Half Marathon walkers and 2K Keiki runners. Entry fee for adults includes “Run and Walk for the Whales” quick dry t-shirt plus post-race breakfast. Children ages 12 and under participating in the 2K Keiki Race will receive a “Run and Walk for the Whales” cotton t-shirt plus post-race breakfast. Water and aid stations and musical entertainment located along course. Starting line and post-run festivities will take place at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort, South Maui.

Maui Open Studios

Arts at Maui Open StudiosThe Annual Maui Open Studios Event is the first island-wide event of its kind in Hawaii. It spans over 4 weekends in February every year and consists of an Opening Celebration and Preview Exhibition, 3 weekends of artist open studios, and other satellite concerts and art exhibitions throughout the month. The inaugural Maui Open Studios Event took place in February of 2011 and included 111 registered artists at over 90 venues island wide.

Artists are encouraged to do live demonstrations, serve refreshments, talk story about their art, sell their work, connect with their visitors and create unique exhibition spaces for the public to enjoy.  The public, both local and tourist alike, will have a very unique opportunity year after year to experience the creativity that the art community on Maui has to offer. It is a very special event for both the artists and art-collectors alike.

Maui Open Studios Tour will be held at Maui Tropical Plantation, Wailuku February 4 (preview) 11 and 12, 18 and 19, 25 and 26 (multiple locations) Everyone is invited to meet the participating artists and see samples of their artwork at the preview event at the Maui Tropical Plantation. The free event takes place on Saturday evening from 6-9pm on February 4th. Get the guidebook on February 4 for the self-guided tour or check online for the participating artists and locations for each subsequent weekend in February at www.mauiopenstudios.com.

Whale Day Celebration and Maui’s Parade of Whales

Saturday, February 18, 2012 One of Maui’s most popular festivals, this free, all-day celebration honors the humpback whales that come to Maui each winter. Last year, more than 18,000 Maui residents and visitors attended. The day features live entertainment by some of Hawaii’s top performers, great food by Maui restaurants, activities and bouncy rides for kids, a huge “Made on Maui” artisans fair, environmental displays and more. It begins at 9:00 am with Maui’s Parade of Whales along South Kihei Road and continues through 6:00 pm at oceanside Kalama Park, on South Kihei Road, South Maui. Hosted by Pacific Whale Foundation, this event is a benefit for marine education programs for Maui schoolchildren. To learn more, visit http://www.mauiwhalefestival.org or call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.

Maui Wedding Expo

King Kamehameha Golf Clubhouse, Waikapu February 18. The Maui’s Wedding Association has organized this Bridal event, which includes live entertainment, door prizes, food and beverage, cake tasting, a bridal fashion show and other wedding related activities. There will be an assortment of Bridal vendors available as well .For more information, go to www.mauiweddingassociation.com

7th Annual Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational

Maui’s premier plein air painting event, the annual Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, returns on February 18-25, 2012.  Now in its 7th year, this invitational will welcome 25 of the finest plein air painters from Hawaii and U.S. mainland to paint on location around the island of Maui. Visitors have numerous opportunities to meet and talk with the artists. Events will include a lecture on plein air painting, a quick draw, sunset paint-out, a gala reception and an exhibition of all the works created with the opportunity to purchase the paintings.  The invitational will also conduct two workshops by participating artists.

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