Over 16,000 people are expected at the annual Whale Day at Kalama Park in Kihei from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The tribute to Maui's humpback whales will make a splash with tons of food, fun and live music.
The event is free and open to the public and the restaurant-prepared food will be sold at reasonable prices for all to enjoy.
"Whale Day is an opportunity to indulge all of your cravings for cotton candy, kettle corn, ice cream and other traditional festival foods," says Anne Rillero, the director of conservation and member communications for Pacific Whale Foundation.
Maui’s Parade of Whales coordinator Blake Moore will do double-duty at the Pacific Whale Foundation's smoothie booth.
Pacific Whale Foundation photo
"But it's also a place to satisfy even hard-core foodies - with offerings from seafood wontons with mango-chili sauce by Alexander's Famous Fish, and edamame-spinach salad and sundried-tomato pasta salad from Down to Earth."
Hot off the grill will be pulled-pork sandwiches from Beach Bums, St. Louis ribs from Dave's Famous Barbeque and Maui Cattle Co.'s teriyaki beef and hamburgers at Pacific Whale Foundation's popular food booth.
"Want to go international?" Rillero asks. "Maui Masala will offer Indian samosas and chicken tikka Masala, and Orchid Thai will tempt you with pad Thai and chicken satay."
You'll also find pizzas by both Shaka and Outrigger outlets and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches by Sharky's Family Fun Center.
Dessert lovers will delight in Italian ices and sorbets such as haupia and lilikoi from Paradise Tropical Ice, gelato such as peach-mango and strawberry-guava from Zia Maria Gelato, cones and cookie sandwiches by Cold Stone Creamery, shave ice by Maui Kazowie, frozen chocolate-dipped bananas by Da Local Banana, and red-velvet cupcakes by Banyan Tree Deli and Bakery. "Arrive hungry - and enjoy! All proceeds support marine-science education programs for island schoolchildren." Call 249-8811.