Posted on: January 14, 2014

Legendary Rock Icon Mick Fleetwood to be Special Guest Star at World Whale Day on Maui

Legendary rock icon Mick Fleetwood  will be a special guest star at the 34th Annual World Whale Day Celebration on Saturday, February 15 at Kalama Park on South Kihei Road, Kihei. 
 
A community event attended by more than 25,000 Maui residents and visitors last year, World Whale Day starts at 9 am and continues until 7 pm. Admission is free. 
 
Fleetwood is the co-founder and drummer of the superstar band Fleetwood Mac. The band is best known for its 1977 megahits "Don’t Stop," "Go Your Own Way" and "Dreams." Bill Clinton used "Don't Stop" as his campaign theme song and proclaimed Fleetwood Mac as his favorite band ever.
 
Mick Fleetwood will be taking the stage at World Whale Day as a guest performer with the R.E. Metoyer Blues Rock and Soul Revue. 
 
He will also be serving as the Grand Marshall in the Parade of Whales, which kicks off the World Whale Day festivities at 9 am along South Kihei Road.This colorful parade begins at Alanui Keali'i Drive, proceeds north along South Kihei Road and ends at Kihei Public Library on Waimahaihai Street.
 
Immediately after the Parade of Whales, World Whale Day offers a full day of free live entertainment by some of Hawaii's top recording stars, plus hula, great food by local restaurants, a carnival for children, displays about whales and Maui's environment and a huge "Made on Maui" artisans' fair.
 
"Mick Fleetwood is a Maui resident and an advocate of the humpback whales that come to Maui each winter," says Greg Kaufman, Founder and Executive Director of Pacific Whale Foundation. "It is an honor to have Mick express his love of the whales and our ocean environment by taking part in the Parade of Whales and World Whale Day."
 
In addition to Fleetwood and the R.E Metoyer Blues, Rock and Soul Revue, performers at World Whale Day will include Hoku award-winner John Cruz, four time Grammy award winner George Kahumoku Jr., Anuhea, Ekolu, Marty Dread, Na Hoa and the Tahitian hula group Manute'a Nui E.
 
Restaurants hosting food booths will include Fleetwood's on Front St., Three's Bar and Grill, Monsoon India, Beach Bum's, Stella Blues Cafe, and Porto Mediterranean Grill and Pizzeria. 
 
Mick Fleetwood will be available to sign autographs at the Fleetwood's on Front St. booth.
 
Additional food booths will be hosted by Ola Catering, Maui Kazowie Kettle Corn, Cold Stone Creamery, Shaka Pops and Paradise Tropical Ice. There will also be cotton candy, smoothies, shave ice, soda and drinks for sale.
 
The children's carnival will include games and activities created by Pacific Whale Foundations' marine education team plus bouncy castles, shave ice and cotton candy.
The Made on Maui Artisans' Fair will feature the work of more than 80 local craftspeople including jewelers, basket makers, potters and more. 
 
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.
 
Pacific Whale Foundation's tent will feature displays of whale artifacts, information about ongoing whale research and presentations about whales and ocean conservation issues throughout the day.
 
Environmental displays will also be hosted by 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 and Sustainable Living Institute Maui Community Garden at UHMC.
 
The Wild & Wonderful Whale Regatta offers attendees an opportunity to win free roundtrip airfare for two between the U.S. Mainland and Maui. Based on the popular "rubber ducky" races found across the U.S., the Wild & Wonderful Whale Regatta features little rubber whales on a twisting, turning water course.
 
World Whale Day is a green event. All food products at World Whale Day will be served on biodegradable and compostable products. In addition, water will be sold in reusable, commemorative "Save the Whales" water bottles. Purchase one for $3 and receive free filtered water refills throughout the day. You can also bring your own reusable bottle and obtain refills for $1.
 
The easiest and most eco-friendly way to attend Whale Day is to take advantage of the Maui Bus. Take the Kihei Islander Bus and get off at Keala Place and South Kihei Road. To view bus schedules, visit www.co.maui.hi.us/index.aspx?NID=1310.
 
There are also free event parking lots and free shuttle service from two Kihei locations: Hope Chapel at 300 East Welakahao Road and at Azeka Place Mauka by Bank of Hawaii. The free shuttles will run from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Handicapped parking is available at Kalama Park.
 
World Whale Day is hosted by Pacific Whale Foundation, a nonprofit organization based on Maui dedicated to protecting our oceans through science and advocacy. Other sponsors of World Whale Day include Hawaii Tourism Authority, County of Maui Office of Economic Development and the County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation.
 
World Whale Day is part of the Maui Whale Festival, a series of whale-themed events that coincide with the peak of whalewatch season on Maui.
 
To learn more about World Whale Day please visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org or call (808) 249-8811 ext 1. 
 
Volunteers are needed to help at Whale Day. For information on assisting at the event, please visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org.