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A Whale of a Festival!

It’s bigger and better than ever!

February 18, 2010
Maui Weekly Staff

Maui Whale Festival events began earlier this month and will continue through March 6. PWF has pulled out all the stops for the Maui Whale Festival this year to commemorate its 30th anniversary as a nonprofit organization.

“The Maui Whale Festival is bigger and better than ever, with many new events,” said PWF Founder and Executive Director Greg Kaufman. “I encourage everyone to visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org to check out the wide array of things to do and see. There truly is something for every interest and every age.”

Exciting events will be held in Kīhei’s Kalama Park over the weekend of Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20.

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In honor of the return of the whales and the 30th anniversary of the Pacific Whale Foundation, exciting events will be held in Kīhei’s Kalama Park over the Maui Whale Festival weekend, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20.

The Inaugural Keiki ECO-Day Conference will take place on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The conference is designed to promote positive interaction between children and the environment, and promote real action towards minimizing their impact on the Earth. For information on this conference for Maui school classes, see “No Child Left Indoors” on the front page.

Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m., the “Laugh @ da Park” benefit dinner will take place at Kalama Park under a big tent especially erected for the occasion. “Laugh @ da Park” will feature a farm-to-table dinner of locally raised foods, live jazz by the Fulton Tashombe Quartet, and an after-dinner comedy show by local comedian and KAOI radio star Augie T.

The three-course, chef-prepared dinner is offered with the generous sponsorship of Hoaloha Culinary Catering (owned by Old Lāhaina Lū‘au), and will showcase locally grown and produced Maui products, including Maui Cattle Co. all-natural beef, sustainable seafood, and organic vegetables grown especially for the occasion by O‘o Farms.

Advance reservations are required. Tickets are $90 ($75 for PWF members) and include up to three cocktails per adult, as well as unlimited juices and sodas. Save by purchasing an entire table for a party of eight for $612 ($510 for PWF members). For tickets, call PWF at (808) 249-8811, ext. 1.

“Laugh @ da Park” is a 21-and-over event. All attendees must bring valid identification for proof of age.

Saturday brings the 30th anniversary celebration of Whale Day to Kalama Park. This free community event will feature free performances by a lineup of top entertainers from Hawai‘i. The headline act is the legendary duo Cecilio & Kapono. Performers also include Na Leo Pilimehana, Anuhea, John Cruz (with bassist Hutch Hutchinson of Bonnie Raitt’s band), George Kahumoku Jr. and Marty Dread. Augie T will serve as the special guest emcee.

On Saturday, Feb. 27, between 8 and 11:30 a.m., PWF will conduct the Great Maui Whale Count, an annual citizens’ count of the humpback whales that can be seen along Maui’s shorelines. Volunteers are needed: No experience is required and there’s no cost to participate. PWF will provide training and tools. For more information and to sign up as a counter, email researchdirector@pacificwhale.org.

In addition to these events, a special VIP whalewatch cruise with Greg Kaufman on Sunday, Feb. 21, and “Golf for the Whales” on Saturday, March 6, are also slated.

To read more about Whale Day, visit the special Whale Day Festival guide on pages 9–12.

 
 

 

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