Posted on: December 26, 2013

Maui Artisans, Restaurants, Environmental Organizations, Parade Participants Invited to Take Part in Upcoming World Whale Day

Maui artisans, environmental organizations and restaurant or food truck owners are invited to apply for booths at Pacific Whale Foundation's 34th Annual World Whale Day Celebration, which will be held on Saturday, February 15 at Kalama Park in Kihei from 9:00 a.m. to  7:00 p.m. There is also a need for parade participants in the Parade of Whales which launches the event.
 
World Whale Day will feature live entertainment by John Cruz, George Kahumoku Jr.,  Anuhea,  Marty Dread, Na Hoa, Ekolu and the R.E. Metoyer Blues Rock and Soul Revue, plus the Tahitian hula group Manute'a Nui E. The public is invited and admission is free.
 
Recognized as Maui's largest whale celebration, World Whale Day attracts over 20,000 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 and the Parade of Whales (beginning at 9:00 am), World Whale Day includes a keiki carnival, Wild and Wonderful Whale Regatta, silent auction and educational activities for kids. 
 
"We are proud to showcase the work of Hawaii's local artisans, environmental groups and restaurants at World Whale Day," said Greg Kaufman, Founder and Executive Director at Pacific Whale Foundation. “This year is going to be bigger and better than ever, and we want to make sure as many people as possible are a part of this popular community event.
 
There is space for 20 additional artisans to sign-up for the Made on Maui Artisian's Fair at World Whale Day. Because Pacific Whale Foundation practices a strict ocean preservation policy, crafts that include marine life items such as shells will not be accepted. In addition, all products sold must be made on Maui. For information about a booth at the artisan's fair, please visit http://mauiwhalefestival.org/maui-whale-festival-sponsorships
 
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 Kaufman. "Visitors who sample your food at World 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 free booth space to them at Whale Day," said Kaufman.
 
 
Those wishing to participate in the Parade of Whales can find information at www.mauiwhalefestival.org or may contact Parade Organizer Lauren Campbell at laurencampbell@pacificwhale.org. 
 
Because limited booth spaces will be available, please apply soon for a booth in either the food, crafter or environmental sections. Please visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org for additional information or call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1. 
 
World Whale Day is organized and hosted by the nonprofit Pacific Whale Foundation and sponsored by Hawai'i Tourism Authority and County of Maui Office of Economic Development and County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation.