Maui Whale Festival’s World Whale Day
Every year thousands of people convene on the shores of Maui to celebrate the whales that come to Hawaii every year for the winter. President and founder of the Pacific Whale Foundation, Greg Kaufman, said “It’s a magical time of year, when you can hear whales signing when you snorkel or dive in the ocean, and you can see whales in almost every direction you look at sea, The Maui Whale Festival is Maui’s oldest and biggest whale event. According to a press release the biggest event of the Maui Whale Festival is World Whale Day. World Whale day will take place this year on Saturday, February 18 which begins at 9 am with Maui’s Parade of Whales which will follow along Kihei road. Last year’s event attracted an estimated 18,000 people, and with longer hours this year attendance is expected to increase. After the Parade of Whales live entertainment will begin at Kalama Park at 10 am, and will continue until 8 pm Saturday night. Music will include some of Hawaii’s most popular performers such as Hapa, John Cruz, and Willie K, just to name a few. Along with the live entertainment will be a gathering of local artisans and food vendors selling their goods at the “Made on Maui” fair. And there will be plenty of entertainment for the kids at the Keiki Carnival, which will include an ocean-themed carnival games, bouncy rides, face painting, cotton candy and shave ice. There will be informational booths and displays about whales, by local groups and government agencies which are working to protect Maui’s environment. World Whale Day is presented by the Pacific Whale Foundation, and has the support of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, County of Maui Office of Economic Development, Expedia Local Expert, and the County of Maui Parks and Recreation.
Written By: Stephanie Griffin-Ross