One of Maui's most popular events for 34 years, World Whale Day is a free, all-day celebration honoring the humpback whales that come to Maui each winter. Hosted by the nonprofit Pacific Whale Foundation, World Whale Day 2014 will take place on Saturday, February 15.
Admission is free and the public is invited. More than 25,000 people are expected to attend.
Begins with Maui's Parade of Whales at 9 am
This festive celebration will begin at 9 am with Maui's Parade of Whales along South Kihei Road with legendary rock icon Mick Fleetwood of the record-setting band Fleetwood Mac as the Grand Marshal. The parade starts at the intersection of Alanui Keali’i Drive and continuing north to Waimahaihai Street. Don’t miss the costumed sea characters and floats of all shapes and sizes created by local organizations, the Seabury Hall marching band and the Haiku Hillbilllys. Parade VIPs include Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa, Senator Roz Baker and Maui County Councilmembers Gladys Baisa, Don Couch, Don Guzman and Mike Victorino. The parade takes place on South Kihei Road. It begins at 9 am at the intersection of Alanui Ke Ali‘i Drive (by Kamaole Beach Park) and travels north past Kalama Park to Waimahaihai Street. The theme is “Be Whale Aware."
KPOA DJs Alaka’i and Ke’evan will be located near the whale sculpture on South Kihei Road and will be announcing the parade acts.
World Whale Day’s opening ceremonies immediately follow the parade on the main stage.
Opening Ceremony at 10 am The fun moves to Kalama Park, where the festivities kick off at 10 am with an opening ceremony and hula by Manute'a Nui E, followed by live entertainment featuring the R.E. Metoyer Blues Rock and Soul Revue with special guest star Mick Fleetwood and many of Hawaii's top recording stars throughout the day, including John Cruz, Anuhea, Ekolu, Marty Dread, George Kahumoku Jr., Na Hoa and Dr. Nat and Rio Ritmo.
Delicious Food for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner by Maui Restaurants World Whale Day offers an array of tantalizing dishes at food booths hosted by popular Maui restaurants and food purveyors. By purchasing food at World Whale Day, you help to keep this a free community event.
Food booths at World Whale Day will be provided by Fleetwood's on Front St., Three's Bar and Grill, Monsoon India, Beach Bum's, Stella Blues Café, Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse, Hula Dogs, Java Café, Life Foods, orto Mediterranean Grill and Pizzeria, Ola Catering, Maui Kazowie Kettle Corn, Cold Stone Creamery, Shaka Pops and Paradise Tropical Ice. Please scroll down to read about our food booth sponsors.
There will also be cotton candy, smoothies, shave ice, soda and drinks for sale.
Mick Fleetwood will be available to sign autographs at the Fleetwood's on Front St. booth at noon.
Please note that World Whale Day is a drug-free, alcohol-free event. Coolers are not permitted.
Keiki Carnival Pacific Whale Foundation’s creative and fun-loving education staff has put together a variety of ocean-themed games and activities for the young and young at heart. Kids also love the many inflatable “bouncy” rides, along with the cotton candy and shave ice.
Made on Maui Artisans’ Fair Dozens of local artisans, including jewelers, basket makers, potters and more, will display and sell their wares at the Made on Maui Artisans Fair. Shop here for a unique gift for your Valentine or fMor friends and family back home.
Silent Auction Shoppers will also find great buys on artwork, gift certificates for activities, restaurants, shows, golf and more at the Silent Auction. The bidding begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.
Meet World-Renowned Marine Artist Robert Lyn Nelson Robert is the originator of the Modern Marine Art Movement and the recipient of the White House Environmental Hero Award in 1997. Come meet him at World Whale Day. Robert Lyn Nelson will be donating the full $100,000 sale price of his spectacular 48" x 48" oil and acrylic painting, "Imperiled Leviathan" to Pacific Whale Foundation. (To learn more about Robert Lyn Nelson, visit http://www.robertlynnelson.com/)
Eco-Alley World Whale Day’s Eco-Alley features booths by Maui nonprofits, businesses and government agencies that are working to protect the environment, including West Maui Mountains Watershed Project, Monk Seal Foundation, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, Coalition for a Tobacco-free Hawaii, Malama Maui Nui, Surfrider Foundation, Maui Nui Marine Resource Council, NOAA Fisheries Maui Marine Mammal Response Program, Sierra Club Maui, Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, Maui Tomorrow Foundation, CCI Greenheart,, Community Work Day, Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve/Dept of Aquatics, Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership, Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission and Sustainable Living Institute Maui Community Garden at UHMC. Pacific Whale Foundation’s research, education and conservation teams will offer hands-on whale-themed activities, displays of whale artifacts and information about ongoing whale research, marine conservation issues and educational programs for the public.
Thanks to our Sponsors World Whale Day sponsors include Hawaii Tourism Authority, County of Maui Office of Economic Development and County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation, Menehune Water and First Wind. World Whale Day is part of the Maui Whale Festival.