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 the MauiTime Reader’s Poll. Whale day, at Kalama Park on S. Kihei Road, starts at 9 AM on Saturday, February 20th, and the festivities continue into the sunset.
Popular Hawaiian musicians set the mood, featuring Marty Dread, Cecilio, 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 projects and wares. Whale day has also developed a new, tech-savy side, and will be the go-to location for a “tweet-up,” – a meeting for twitter users who have become friends via twitter.com.
Of course, there are loads of ways for Keiki to enjoy themselves too, including lots of children’s activites, a
skateboarding competition, the Wild and Wonderful Whale Regata, and educational booths about whales and the environment. There are prizes to be won too, including a round-trip flight for two to the mainland and back. At the heart of this event is a fundraiser for Keiki; proceeds will fund marine education programs for Maui schoolchildren.
And don’t stress about the parking. Free parking will be available with to-and-from shuttle bus service from Hope chapel and Azeka Place Mauka Shopping Center. Handicapped parking is in the lot facing Kalama park. So no excuses… drop by and visit the whales, it’s certainly easier than digging out all the gifts your returning relatives ever gave you and placing them strategically around the house. By: Sierra Brown