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Posted on: February 14, 2012
Road Closure for Maui's Parade of Whales
Maui motorists are advised that South Kihei Road, beginning at Alanui Keali'i Drive and ending at Waimahaihai Street, will be closed from 8:30 am to 10 am on Saturday, February 16, for Maui’s Parade of Whales.
The parade is the official launch to the 33rd Annual World Whale Day Celebration, hosted by Pacific Whale Foundation. The parade route follows South Kihei Road, beginning at Alanui Keali'i Drive, then proceeds north along South Kihei Road past Kalama Park, and ends at Waimahaihai Street.
The theme of the World Whale Day parade is “Save Our Seas.” Musicians, dancers, floats and costumed characters will be part of the parade. Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa will serve as the Parade Grand Marshal. Additional parade VIPs include Maui County Councilmembers.
The Parade of Whales is the official launch to World Whale Day, which takes place at Kalama Park until 7 p.m. Admission is free.
World Whale Day also includes a "Made on Maui" fair displaying the work of about 100 local artisans, fun-filled children's activities, silent auction and displays about the environment and whales. It's a great place to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner: World Whale Day will feature tantalizing fare served up at the food booths run by popular Maui restaurants and food purveyors. World Whale Day's Eco-Alley offers booths by Maui nonprofits, businesses and government agencies that are working to protect Maui’s environment.
Free event parking with free shuttle bus service is available from 7:00 am until 9:30 pm at Hope Chapel, on the corner of the Pi'ilani Highway and Welakahao Street, and also at Azeka Place Mauka Shopping Center on South Kihei Road, just north of Lipoa Street, by the Bank of Hawaii.
To learn more about World Whale Day, please visit www.mauiwhalefestival.org or call Pacific Whale Foundation at (808) 249-8811 ext. 1.