It isn’t just our human Mainland relatives who flee icy winters to enjoy the Hawaii winter warmth, but also our whale cousins. This annual visit inspires Whale Day, voted “Best Community Festival” by MauiTime readers. The festivities kick off at 9am and continue ’til sunset. Popular Hawaiian musicians set the mood, including Marty Dread, Cecilio and Kapono, Na Leo Pilimehana, Anuhea, George Kahumoku Jr., and John Cruz. What else do we make in Hawaii besides good music? Ono food. Maui restaurants will offer up their fare, alongside a silent auction and a tent city of local artisans displaying, selling and sharing their latest creations. Whale Day has also developed a new, tech-savvy side, and will be the go-to location for a “tweet-up,” a meeting for Twitter users who have become friends via the microblogging site. And, of course, there are loads of ways for keiki to enjoy themselves, including children’s activities, a skateboarding competition and educational booths about whales and the ocean environment. There are prizes to be won too, including a round-trip flight for two to the Mainland and back. At its heart, this event is a fundraiser; proceeds fund marine education programs for Maui schoolchildren. Visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org for more info.