The Breaching Humpback Whale sculpture

Kalapana Kai Collection

The Breaching Humpback Whale.

The Breaching Humpback Whale sculpture renders these wonderful marine mammals. At night we hear them singing, spouting and slapping their tales in the water. Bike rides and morning walks along Kalapana Road leaves us in awe as we witness them breaching and playing with their calves.

Graceful and magnificent, humpback whales inspire awe in many. From November to May the humpback whales call Hawaii home. Traveling an incredible 4,000 miles of ocean in less than two-months time, these gentle giants migrate from the gulf of Alaska to Hawaii for breeding and birthing in the island’s warm and shallow waters.

Called “Kohola” by Hawaiians, humpback whales are treated with great respect. Because humpback calves are actually born in Hawaiian waters, the whales are considered kama’aina, or native born.

Males produce a complex song lasting 10 to 20 minutes, which they repeat for hours at a time. This song can be heard from up to twelve miles away. Only the males sing and all male humpbacks in the same region(which can be as large as entire ocean basins) sing the same song. The song itself changes over time, making it different from year to year.

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