People celebrate a Day for whales

FIRST PHOTO: Kyra Glover of Manutea Nui E performs the hula Aia La ‘o Pele during Saturday’s World Whale Day festival at Kalama Park in Kihei. The 33rd annual event drew its usual overflowing crowd to pack the park and enjoy a variety of entertainment, crafts, games and food.

SECOND PHOTO: Lilinoe Barcai, 4, wears a smile after having her face painted by artist Yvette Yvelle of Atomic Tattoo in Lahaina.

THIRD PHOTO: Maui Nui Marine Resource Council volunteer Marge Bonar helps set up an informational display at Whale Day on Saturday. The pile of plastic ocean debris on display was easy to find. It was gathered Friday in five minutes on a small section of a Waiehu beach. Bonar said that as bad as the plastic objects are, she is more worried about when they they break down into smaller floating bits to become even more deadly to fish and marine wildlife.

FOURTH PHOTO: The Parade of Whales pays homage to additional marine life, including an octopus, in the Shaka Pops Maui float.