2014 World Whale Day
Thank you to all who joined us at our 34th Annual World Whale Day Celebration on Saturday, February 15, 2014. Approximately 23,000 visitors and Maui residents attended. Please scroll down to read more about World Whale Day 2014.
And save the date for World Whale Day 2015. It will take place on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Kalama Park in Kihei. Check back at www.mauiwhalefestival.org for full details about World Whale Day 2015.
About World Whale Day 2014
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 took place on Saturday, February 15.
Admission was free and the public was invited.
Begins with Maui's Parade of Whales at 9 am
This festive celebration began 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 started at the intersection of Alanui Keali’i Drive and continuing north to Waimahaihai Street. It included 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.
KPOA DJs Alaka’i and Ke’evan were located near the whale sculpture on South Kihei Road and will be announcing the parade acts.
World Whale Day’s opening ceremonies immediately followed the parade on the main stage.
Opening Ceremony at 10 am
The fun moved to Kalama Park, where the festivities kicked 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 were 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 was also be cotton candy, smoothies, shave ice, soda and drinks for sale.
Mick Fleetwood was available to sign autographs at the Fleetwood's on Front St. booth at noon.
World Whale Day is always a drug-free, alcohol-free event. Coolers are not permitted.
Pacific Whale Foundation’s creative and fun-loving education staff put together a variety of ocean-themed games and activities for the young and young at heart. Kids also loved 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, sold their wares at the Made on Maui Artisans Fair.
Shoppers found great buys on artwork, gift certificates for activities, restaurants, shows, golf and more at the Silent Auction. The bidding began at 9 a.m. and ended at 3:30 p.m.
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 is 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/)
World Whale Day’s Eco-Alley featured 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 offered 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.
Follow this link to learn about our valued sponsors and donors who help to keep World Whale Day a free community event. We thank you for supporting them!
Our Performers for World Whale Day 2014
View our complete list of performers for the World Whale Day event.
Our Food Booth Sponsors for World Whale Day 2014
View our complete list of food booth sponsors.
How to Get to World Whale Day
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