The team at Pacific Whale Foundation would like to publicly acknowledge and thank the 315 amazing volunteers who helped to make World Whale Day a safe, clean and successful event. Each volunteer contributed at least three hours of work; some volunteered for double, triple or even quadruple shifts! A number of these volunteers were visitors to Maui, who gave of their hard-earned vacation time to help support this popular community event.
One goal at this year's World Whale Day was to reduce the amount of plastic trash generated. All of our food booths used biodegradable/compostable cups, plates and utensils; in addition, we decided to not sell single use water bottles. Menehune Water Company stepped in to help, generously donating thousands of gallons of their UltraPure Hawaii Water to refill the reusable water bottles that were purchased (or brought by) our festival attendees. The Menehune Water Company staff also volunteered at the "water booth" for the entire day. We thank them for keeping everyone hydrated at World Whale Day!
We also want to thank the many businesses, agencies and individuals in the community who supported World Whale Day, including major sponsor, Expedia Local Expert. To view a list of all of our sponsors, please visit mauiwhalefestival.org/events/world-whale-day-event.
In addition, we would like to thank Mayor Alan Arakawa, the County of Maui Office of Economic Development and Hawai'i Tourism Authority for supporting this event.
Last but not least, we would like to thank the County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation for their hard work. Kihei's Kalama Park is a jewel of our community. We truly appreciate all that the parks and recreation team does year-round to maintain and operate this beautiful, much-loved public park.
Anne Rillero Communications Manager Pacific Whale Foundation