Lahaina Whale and Ocean Arts Festival starts Saturday
LAHAINA – Lahaina will celebrate the annual migration of Pacific humpback whales with the Lahaina Whale and Ocean Arts Festival.
The event is set for Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Banyan Tree Park.
Artists will display their best marine-themed art for sale while musicians and hula troupes entertain.
Saturday’s entertainment lineup includes the Maui Pipe Band at 10 a.m., Na Kupuna Ohana Serenaders at 11 a.m., Maui Pipe Dreams at noon, Maui Jam at 1 p.m. and Na Kamali’i Nani O Lahaina at 4 p.m.
Uncle Lui Williams will take the stage at 9 a.m. Sunday, followed by the Haiku Hillbillys at 10 a.m., Na Kupuna Ohana Serenaders at noon, Maui Jam at 1 p.m., Upcountry Celtic at 3 p.m. and Indio & Avi at 4 p.m.
Keiki will enjoy an ocean art contest with prizes provided by the Hawaii Ocean Project.
At the festival, marine research groups will have naturalists on-hand to talk story and offer visitors and residents opportunities to learn more about whales and marine life. Each whale group will also have information available and merchandise for sale.
The Lahaina Whale and Ocean Arts Festival will also feature lei-making, weaving and face painting for keiki.
In conjunction with the Maui Food Bank, LahainaTown Action Committee will collect nonperishable food donations.
Booths will be staffed by Whale Trust, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, Hawaiian Ocean Project and Lahaina Canoe Club.
The free event is open to the public. For more information, go to www.visitlahaina.com.