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Maui’s favorite marine mammal celebrated in S. Maui

About 20 groups in Whale Day 2020 Parade

An inflated humpback whale briefly takes flight over South Kihei Road after being launched by its Pacific Whale Foundation carriers Saturday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

KIHEI — The Whale Day 2020 Parade celebrated Maui’s yearly winter visitors, the humpback whale.

Nearly 20 entrants participated in the event Saturday at Kalama Park in Kihei. Back after a brief hiatus, Whale Day featured educational displays about conservation and marine research, a keiki carnival, food vendors, entertainment, hula and craft vendors.

Pacific Whale Foundation Conservation Coordinator Shelby Serra talked about the problems with plastic. 

“Plastic is meant to be long lasting, so why are we using it for single-use purposes?” she said. “Recycling is not the answer. We need to rethink and reduce.”

Also, participants listed ways they’re helping the planet at the Maui Chapter of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby booth staffed by Jeff Stark and co-leader Carol Cam.

Maui Roadsters owners Jerome and Yvonne Bosch wear shark masks while participating in Saturday's parade. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

The two said the national organization is sponsoring a bill before Congress that would use a carbon tax to create a disincentive for large carbon users to continue business as is. 

“It is to force them to innovate and move toward renewable fuels,” Stark said.

He said the bill calls for the money raised to be passed on to U.S. citizens.

Whale Day 2020 was presented by Pacific Whale Foundation, Whale Trust, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and state Department of Land & Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources.

14TH ANNUAL WHALE TALES KICKS OFF IN W. MAUI

Kalimaya Herrera waves a pair of fans while marching with her students from Exergy35 Edutainment Productions. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Learn the latest ocean updates with marine experts during the 14th annual Whale Tales educational event Friday through Feb. 17 at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.

The event features Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of renowned ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau and founder of Ocean Futures Society. He will join 13 experts in marine science, photography and conservation during Whale Tales, which offers a chance for the public to hear first-hand about the latest studies and discoveries on the ocean and its inhabitants.

Presented by Maui-based whale research nonprofit Whale Trust in partnership with The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua the event will hold expert presentations, benefit whale watches with presenters, marine photography and films, and opportunities to network with world-renowned authorities in whale research. An expo and Marine Science Center will showcase local businesses, artists, and hands-on education stations presented by local nonprofits.

Presentations, the Whale Tales Marine Science Center and the expo are open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Registration for attending the talks and the expo is required; a suggested donation of $20 per person per day will help support Whale Tales Beneficiary Program’s whale research.

A color guard from Boy Scout Troop 22 helps lead Saturday's parade. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

2020 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Events are subject to change. To register and for full event / presenter description, visit whaletales.org.

THURSDAY

4 to 6 p.m.

Sunset Photo Safari Whale Watch 

Maui Shrine Club members zoom their carts around South Kihei Road. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

FRIDAY

12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Art & Education Expo, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Marine Science Center, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

1 to 5 p.m.

Adele Rugg (foreground) and Mary Trotto march with the Kihei Community Association Saturday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Presentations, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

JIM DARLING, PHD – Whale Trust

CHARLES “FLIP” NICKLIN – Whale Trust

RUSSELL BROWN – Adobe Systems Incorporated

RALPH LEE HOPKINS – Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic

KRISTI WEST – Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

MARC LAMMERS, PHD – Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

SATURDAY

7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Benefit whale watches

Noon to 5:30 p.m.

Art & Education Expo, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Marine Science Center, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

1 to 5 p.m.

Presentations, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

GRADY BOOCH – IBM Research

BRIAN SKERRY – BrianSkerry.com/National Geographic

LARS BEJDER, PHD – Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

BETH GOODWIN – Jupiter Research Foundation

SUNDAY, FEB. 16

7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Benefit whale watches

Noon to 5 p.m.

Art & Education Expo, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Marine Science Center, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

1 to 4:30 p.m.

Presentations, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU – Ocean Futures Society 

JOHN MORAN – NOAA Auke Bay Laboratories

DANIEL OPITZ – Ocean Mind

ED LYMAN – Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

MONDAY, FEB. 17

Daylong

Benefit Whale Watches

9:45 to 11:45 am

Family Day Whale Watch

Pacific Whale Foundation Conservation Coordinator Shelby Serra talks about the problems with plastic with Kihei's Shelly Layton. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

People list ways they're helping the planet at the the Maui Chapter of the Citizen's Climate Lobby booth staffed by Jeff Stark and co-leader Carol Cam. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

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