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Celebrate the ocean at ‘Ke ola o ke kai’

By Staff | Sep 18, 2014

The festival’s entertainment slate includes Kapule & Friends at 9 a.m., Dan Saunders at 10 a.m., Wilmont Kahaialii (above) at 11 a.m., Maui Jam at 1 p.m. and Darren Lee of “Burn’n Love” at 3 p.m.

LAHAINA – LahainaTown Action Committee will host “Ke ola o ke kai,” The Life of the Ocean, on Saturday, Sept. 20, in Banyan Tree Park.

Lahaina will celebrate the sea with an ocean-themed festival 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 dancers entertain the crowd.

Naturalists from marine research groups will be present to talk story and offer visitors and residents opportunities to learn more about their programs and marine life. Participating organizations include National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative, West Maui Kumuwai, Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Hawaii Coral Reef Strategy, Maui Nui Marine Mammal Response and the Maui Spearfishing Academy.

Members will discuss their organizations, research and more during “Ocean Talks” from noon to 1 p.m. Learn about sea turtles, monk seals, whales, native fish and coral reefs through the interactive booths and informational talks. Each group will also have information available and merchandise for sale.

The festival will feature 20 Maui artists and face painting for the keiki. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to www.visitlahaina.com or call the Lahaina Visitor Center at 667-9175.