It’s almost World Penguin Day! Maui seems an unlikely place to find penguins, but there they are -- and the island will be celebrating Monday with its seven black-footed penguins.
The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa in Lahaina is the only Hawaiian hotel with an on-site penguin habitat. Come party with the birds -- a.k.a. African or jackass penguins -- named Oreo, Nahu, Buddah, Zen, Mai, Tai and Momi.
One of 18 species of penguins, these birds thrive in the tropical heat because they are warm-climate creatures native to southern coastal Africa.
Guests and visitors are invited to watch the penguins swim and waddle at a free event that includes a penguin feeding at 9:30 a.m., penguin cookie-decorating and a photo booth for pictures with the resort’s mascot (yep, it’s a penguin).
Those who stay overnight Saturday will receive a turndown with a penguin toy to take home.
By the way, the Hyatt Regency Maui’s penguins range in age from 7 to 30 years old. Six of the seven were hatched at the property, and they collectively eat about 300 pounds of fish each week.
Info: Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, (808) 661 1234