Humpback Whale Count

February 23rd, 8:00 am

         From November through April, enormous Humpback whales are seen breaching and spouting from the Ke Ala Hele Makalae coastal bike path on Kauai. This 3.8 mile long multi-use pathway travels along Kauai’s eastern coastline passing by several beaches and scenic viewpoints. It’s common to see Humpback whale activity from many vantage points.

          On February 23rd and March 30th, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary, asks volunteers to observe and count the number of whale sitings from 8 a.m. until noon at Kapaa Lookout. The data is used to monitor growth or decline of the endangered Humpback whale population.  Kauai’s visitors and residents are welcome to participate by signing up as a volunteer. For more information about Kauai’s whale count, go to NOAA’s website. 

       The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) oversees the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, which protects winter breeding, calving and nursing. According to NOAA’s website the largest Pacific population of the endangered Humpback whale (megaptera novaeangliae) is found in the Hawaii sanctuary which encompasses 1,218 square nautical miles of coastal and ocean waters.

Event Details

Date: February 23rd, 8:00 am
Organizer: NOAA