Posted on: February 4, 2013

World Whale Day Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 16

With a legacy of 37 years of some of Hawaii's most loved hit songs, the legendary Hawaiian band Kalapana is ranked among the best of Hawaii's musicians of all time.  Hailing from Oregon and Oahu, this remarkable seven-piece band will be making a rare Maui appearance as the headline act of the 33rd annual World Whale Day celebration on Saturday, February 16.

The festival takes place from 9 am to 7 pm at Kalama Park in Kihei. Admission is free.

World Whale Day is Maui's largest and best-attended whale-themed event and is presented by Pacific Whale Foundation and Expedia Local Expert as part of the Maui Whale Festival. With live entertainment throughout the day on two stages, World Whale Day is expected to attract more than 18,000 people this year.
In addition to Kalapana, World Whale Day features an all-star line-up of musical entertainment including Willie K, Ekolu, Marty Dread, Erin Smith and the Throwdowns, plus hula by Manute'a Nui E. Performing under the title of the KPOA Maui Allstar Band will be Ekolu Kalama, joined by KPOA DJs and musicians Alaka'i Paleka, Kaena Brown and Shane Kahalehau.

 KPOA's DJs will also be emceeing the event throughout the day.
“This is an opportunity to see and hear some of Hawaii’s greatest musicians, all in one place – for free,” says Greg Kaufman, Executive Director and Founder of Pacific Whale Foundation. "Many people bring their beach chairs and make a day of it – they don’t want to miss any of the great acts."

With World Whale Day continuing until 7 pm, Kaufman urges attendees to plan to enjoy supper at the show. "Some of our best entertainment will take place at dinner time, so bring a blanket, pick up dinner at our food booths and enjoy the sunset as you listen to live music."

 A second stage will feature entertainment for the keiki, including a performance by the award-winning Banana Slug String Band of Santa Cruz, California, whose music is designed to inspire young people and their families to learn about and care for the ocean.
Kicking-off the World Whale Day festivities is the Parade of Whales at 9:00 a.m. This colorful parade begins at Alanui Keali’i Drive, proceeds north along South Kihei Road, and ends at the Kihei Library on Waimahaihai Street. The theme is “Save Our Seas.” Don’t miss the costumed sea characters, and floats of all shapes and sizes created by local organizations.
Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa will serve as the official Grand Marshal. Whale Day’s opening ceremonies immediately follow the parade on the main stage.
For children, there are inflatable rides, activities, cotton candy, shave ice and games at the Keiki Carnival area.
Dozens of  local artisans, including jewelers, basket makers, potters and more will display and sell their wares at the Made on Maui Artisans Fair. World Whale Day’s Eco-Alley featuresbooths by Maui nonprofits, businesses and government agencies that are working to protect the environment including Maui Nui Marine Resource Council, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, Surfrider Foundation (Maui Chapter), Community Work Day, Sierra Club, West Maui Watershed Partnership, Monk Seal Foundation, Maui Nui Marine Mammal Rescue, South Maui Volunteers and Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii.
Pacific Whale Foundation's tent will feature displays of whale artifacts, information about ongoing whale research and presentations about whales and the ocean throughout the day.

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 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.
World Whale Day offers an array of tantalizing dishes at food booths hosted by popular Maui restaurants and food purveyors. "Join us for breakfast, lunch, dinner -- or all three," says Kaufman. "Just be sure to arrive hungry and to leave room for the shave ice and cotton candy."
Food booths at World Whale Day will be provided by Stella Blues Cafe, Monsoon India, Shaka Pizza and Sandwiches, Porto Mediterranean Grill and Flame-Fired Pizzeria, Down to Earth Natural Foods, Sharkey's, Beach Bum's, Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods, Pupuuli Potatoes, Haiku Falafels, Ola Catering, Maui Kazowie Kettle Corn, Cold Stone Creamery, Shaka Pops, Cheri's Hand Dipped Ice Cream, Paradise Tropical Ice and No Ka Oi Nut Company. There will also be cotton candy, smoothies, shave ice, soda and drinks for sale.
The Wild & Wonderful Whale Regatta is 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 courseway.
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 you'll receive free refills throughout the day from Menehune Water Co., the official water sponsor of World Whale Day. You can also bring your own reusable bottle and obtain ice water 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, please visit
There are also free event parking lots and free shuttle service from two Kihei locations. The lots are at Hope Chapel, at 300 East Welakahao Road, and at Azeka Place Mauka, by Bank of Hawaii (on South Kihei Road, just north of Lipoa Street). The free shuttles will run from 7 am to 7:30 pm. Handicapped parking is available at Kalama Park.
World Whale Day is presented by Pacific Whale Foundation and Expedia Local Expert. Additional major sponsors include Hawai'i Tourism Authority, County of Maui Office of Economic Development, KPOA and Pacific Radio Group, Maui Weekly, Menehune Water Co. and County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation.
Whale Day is part of the Maui Whale Festival, a celebration of Maui’s humpback whales that runs from late January through late April.  The Maui Whale Festival celebrates and honors the thousands of humpback whales that migrate to Maui each winter. Maui is the principal mating and calving area of North Pacific humpback whales in the United States. It is the place of new beginnings for the next generation of whales. Through fun and educational events, the Maui Whale Festival raises awareness about these cherished marine mammals and inspires the public to care for the vital and unique whale habitat encompassed by the four islands of Maui County.
Please note that volunteers are needed to help at Whale Day. Sign up for a three hour shift and you’ll receive a free Maui Whale Festival t-shirt. To volunteer, call 808-249-8811 ext. 2 or visit
Individuals who become "Friends of the Festival" for a $50 donation to support this event will receive a free Maui Whale Festival t-shirt, and other perks, including free seating in the shaded, VIP tent at World Whale Day. To learn more, visit
Donations are also sought for the Silent Auction at World Whale Day. To donate goods or services, please contact

And last but not least, if you are an entertainer or part of a community group that would like to appear in the Parade of Whales, please contact Parade Coordinator Lauren Campbell at

About the Performers:

Willie K
A Maui native who has won more than 18 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, Willie K is a winning singer, songwriter and musician -- and most recently starred in the movie, "Get a Job."  When you experience his energetic and riveting performances, you'll understand why he has been voted multiple times as the best male vocalist and #1 entertainer in Hawai`i. Willie K has played with legends including B.B. King, The Commodores, Prince, Willie Nelson and Mick Fleetwood. His most recent Na Hoku Hanohano Awards include Christmas Album of the Year (2011) for his album Willie Wonderland  and Male Vocalist of the Year (2010) for his album Uncle Willie K (DVD). (Learn more and listen at

Manute'a Nui E
A professional dance group with over 50 years of combined hula and Tahitian experience, Manute'a Nui E shows their love of their culture in their exquisite costumes, astounding choreography and incredible music.  (Learn more at
Marty Dread
Local reggae star Marty Dread has performed around the world with such greats as Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and reggae legend Pato Banton. Marty's 1992 release "Wicked Wahine" sold-out as a cassette single and skyrocketed to the top of the Hawaiian charts. Three of Marty Dread's songs were featured in the international motion picture release, "Maui Heat" - still seen on television screens around the world. His recent albums, "Keiki Reggae"  and "On the Beach" were each nominated for "Best Reggae Album of the Year" at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. (Learn more and listen at

Holder of three Na Hoku Hanohano awards for Reggae Album of the Year and four Hawaii Music Awards (for Reggae Album of the Year, Contemporary Album of the Year and Anthology Album of the Year),  Ekolu's first four albums have also been on the Top World Billboards. Come experience the riveting sounds of this homegrown Maui band -- and be ready to dance!

Erin Smith and The Throwdowns
Hailing from Maui, The Throwdowns have developed their own indie rock, pop-punk sound that encompasses dance and reggae, all with an identifiable connection to Hawaii.  It's this unique sound, hook-laden songs, big attitude and killer live performances that are causing the buzz about this band. Fronted by charismatic Canadian powerhouse vocalist & performer Erin Smith, and rounded out with Maui's favorite airborn punk-rock bass player Kimo Clark, Big Island's guitar and production gem Ola Shaw and the most powerful drummer on Maui, Ian Hollingsworth, the four members create a sound that is much bigger than the sum of their already impressive talents and backgrounds.  Released on August 28th 2009, and re-released on ADA/Warner in January 2010, Their debut single “Kihei Town” raced to the 1 spot in various radio formats from rock to top 40, Since the release of their album, The Throwdowns have shared the stage with The Fray, Panic at the Disco, Bad Brains, 311, Matisyahu and The English Beat, and have been compared to the likes of Santogold, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Pretenders, The Gossip, Feist and The Clash.

Ekolu Kalama
Kalama won the 2009 World Cup of Stand-Up Paddle racing, held in Hamburg, Germany, claiming victories in both the 2000 meter sprint and 10,000 meter distance races. One month later, on his home turf, Kalama claimed his first solo win across the Kaiwi Channel (32 miles), in record time, which is considered to be the “Super Bowl” of stand-up paddle racing.

Kalama is also a serious musician, as evidenced on his 2012 album “Dare To Dream,” which features 12 original tracks, all written by Kalama, covering a range of musical genres from pop to reggae.  Kalama's ultimate goal is to bring Hawaiian culture to the rest of the world and share the “Aloha Spirit” with as many who are willing to receive. The variety of flavors and  subject matters conveyed in Kalama's music is a direct result of being raised in Hawaii, the “melting pot” of the world, and is sure to appeal to listeners from all walks of life.

Learn more about World Whale Day at