The first confirmed sighting of a humpback whale on Monday, September 15th, 2014 in waters off of Kauai marks the beginning of whale season in Hawai‘i. Ocean recreation tour company Holo Holo Charters observed a humpback whale surfacing approximately one mile off the Kekaha Sugar Mill on the west side of Kauai.
As of late these whales are showing up earlier, on average, then just 5 years ago. Looking back to to 1998 (17 years of data) the first whale sighting has shortened from October 6th down to September 25th for the last 5 years. This is exciting for locals residents and researchers I'm sure.