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Lahaina fire creates unknowns for Maui whale season

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Whale-watching vessels, including one owned by Pacwhale Eco-Adventures, right, were moored at Maalaea Harbor on Sunday in Maalaea, Hawaii. Whale-­watching tours — a staple of winter vacationers to Maui — may be the hot ticket as much of the island’s commercial tour fleet was wiped out in the wildfire.

    JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Whale-watching vessels, including one owned by Pacwhale Eco-Adventures, right, were moored at Maalaea Harbor on Sunday in Maalaea, Hawaii. Whale-­watching tours — a staple of winter vacationers to Maui — may be the hot ticket as much of the island’s commercial tour fleet was wiped out in the wildfire.

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A model of a humpback whale was seen Sunday inside a whale-watching vessel owned by Pacwhale Eco-­Adventures at Maalaea Harbor.

    JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A model of a humpback whale was seen Sunday inside a whale-watching vessel owned by Pacwhale Eco-­Adventures at Maalaea Harbor.

At least 80 boats moored in Lahaina Small Boat Harbor were destroyed by the Aug. 8 inferno, including 45 commercial permit holders, a group that represents 50% or more of Maui’s tour boat operators. Read more

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