The public is also invited to participate in the annual Maui Parade of Whales on Saturday, Feb. 19 from 9 to 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “Be Whale Aware.” Individuals, families, businesses, musicians, dancers, performers, clowns, nonprofits and civic groups are all welcome to participate. Prizes will be awarded for “Best Overall Act,” “Best Use of Theme,” “Most Creative Group,” “Best Foot-Powered Entry,” “Most Eco-Friendly Entry” and “Most Creative Individual.” To sign up, contact Blake Moore at blake
Recognized as Maui’s largest whale celebration, Whale Day attracts over 10,000 visitors and residents with its slate of all-day live entertainment and activities at no charge. In addition to the craft fair, environmental displays and food booths by popular Maui restaurants, Whale Day includes a keiki carnival, Parade of Whales (beginning at 9 a.m.), Wild and Wonderful Whale Regatta, silent auction and educational activities for kids. Enjoy a day of live entertainment by Cecilio & Kapono, John Cruz, George Kahumoku Jr., Gail Swanson, Anuhea, The Throwdowns and Marty Dread.
The public is invited to participate in the annual Maui Parade of Whales on Saturday, Feb. 19, from 9 to 10 a.m. To sign up, contact Blake Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org, or download a parade entry form on the Maui Whale Festival website at www.mauiwhalefestival.org.
Whale Day is a benefit for the marine education programs for Maui schoolchildren offered by PWF.
“We are proud to showcase the work of Hawai‘i’s local artisans, environmental groups and restaurants at Whale Day,” said Nikole McElroy, events coordinator at Pacific Whale Foundation. “This year is going to be bigger and better than ever, and we want to make sure as many people are a part of Whale Day as possible.”
There is space for 20 additional crafters. Because PWF practices a strict ocean preservation policy, crafts that include marine life items such as shells or coral will not be accepted. In addition, all products sold must be made on Maui.
There are openings for five additional restaurant food booths at Whale Day.
“Whale Day gives restaurants the opportunity to showcase their offerings to a very large and appreciative audience,” said McElroy. “Visitors who sample your food at Whale Day are more likely to visit you for dinner later that day or week.”
“We’re also eager to help other environmental groups tell about their work and reach out to the public by providing booth space to them at Whale Day,” said McElroy.
Volunteers should visit www.pacificwhale.org or call 856-8320. All volunteers will receive a free Whale Day T-shirt in exchange for three or more hours of work.