Aloha, Our first Whale sighting happened on a trip with Trilogy's Blue'aina on 12/7/14. The first sighting was just a blow on the way to Lanai, but sometimes that's all you see. On the way back from Lanai we spotted a boat that had zoomed by us had stopped; that is an indicator that a whale is in the area. Sure enough Captain Katy turned towards that boat and then all of sudden the whale was underneath us. Whoa, boat stopped and then we were "mugged" by a Humpback yearling. It swam under and around us for a good 10 minutes or so and then swam away. Way cool, as that is our first encounter with a yearling as well. Mom had probably weaned it and brought it back to Maui, it's birth spot last year, and said Aloha and have a good life.
Then yesterday, 12/8/14, at sunset, we spotted our first whales from our condo. We are now set and happy. Yay!