Posted on: January 28, 2011

Crafters, Restaurants, Environmental Organizations and Volunteers are Invited to Participate in Upcoming Whale Day Celebration

Crafters, environmental organizations and restaurant owners are invited to apply for booths at Pacific Whale Foundation's upcoming Whale Day Celebration, which will be held on Saturday, February 19 at Kalama Park in Kihei from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There is also a need for volunteers to help with all aspects of the Whale Day. The day will feature live entertainment by Cecilio & Kapono, John Cruz, George Kahumoku Jr., Gail Swanson, Anuhea, The Throwdowns and Marty Dread. The public is invited and admission is free.

Recognized as Maui's largest whale celebration, Whale Day attracts over 10,000 visitors and residents with its slate of all-day live entertainment and activities. In addition to the craft fair, environmental displays and food booths by popular Maui restaurants, Whale Day includes a keiki carnival, Parade of Whales (beginning at 9:00 a.m.), Wild and Wonderful Whale Regatta, silent auction and educational activities for kids. Whale Day is a benefit for the marine education programs for Maui schoolchildren offered by Pacific Whale Foundation.

"We are proud to showcase the work of Hawaii's local artisans, environmental groups and restaurants at Whale Day," said Nikole McElroy, Events Coordinator at Pacific Whale Foundation. “This year is going to be bigger and better than ever, and we want to make sure as many people are a part of Whale Day as possible.”

There is space for 20 additional crafters to sign-up. Because Pacific Whale Foundation practices a strict ocean preservation policy, crafts that include marine life items such as shells or coral will not be accepted. In addition, all products sold must be made on Maui.

There are openings for five additional restaurant food booths at Whale Day.

"Whale Day gives restaurants the opportunity to showcase their offerings to a very large and appreciative audience," said McElroy. "Visitors who sample your food at Whale Day are more likely to visit you for dinner later that day or week."

"We're also eager to help other environmental groups tell about their work and reach out to the public, by providing booth space to them at Whale Day," said McElroy.

Those wishing to volunteer to help with Whale Day can click here to sign-up for a shift or call (808) 856-8320. All volunteers will receive a free Whale Day t-shirt after three hours of work.

Because limited booth spaces will be available, please call Pacific Whale Foundation today to apply for a booth in either the food, crafter or environmental sections. Please call (808) 856-8317 for your application and booth information packet. You may also download applications by visiting www.mauiwhalefestival.org.