Humpback Whale Count — February 29th

February 22, 8 am-noon

Every year in January, February, and March (peak season for whale activity in Hawaii), volunteers count whales from the shores of Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island. The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Count offers Hawaii residents and visitors the chance to monitor humpback whales in their breeding grounds by conducting a yearly shore-based census during the peak season. The second ocean count day is February 22nd from 8 a.m. until noon. Kapaa Lookout is one of 12 count-locations on Kauai, is easily accessible and located on the north side of Kapaa. Turn right at the driveway just past mile marker #9. Proceed through the first parking lot to the second larger parking lot. Bring beach chairs

Launched in 1996 when 150 volunteers took to the shorelines of Oahu to count Hawaii’s endangered whale population and document the animals’ surface behavior. The event now draws more than 2,000 volunteers across Oahu, Kauai, and Hawaii.

Photo credit: Hawaiian Islands National Marine Fisheries

Event Details

Date: February 22, 8 am-noon
Organizer: Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
Website: https://hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov/involved/ocwelcome.html